By Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, May 4, 2023
World-renowned intellectual Jeffrey Sachs spoke on “The Path to Peace in Ukraine”.
Sachs was twice named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time and ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.
He was joined by University of Ottawa Ukraine expert Ivan Katchanovski who provided background on the conflict in Ukraine as well as context around Canada’s role.
Recently, the Canadian government called for regime change in Moscow and openly opposed China’s call for a truce and negotiations. At the same time Canada has donated more than $2 billion in arms to Ukraine. Alongside large amounts of weapons, Canada is sharing critical military intelligence, and training Ukrainian troops while Canadian special forces and former troops operate in Ukraine.
Russia’s war is illegal and brutal and Ottawa contributed to provoking this horrible conflict through its role in promoting NATO expansion, helping oust elected president Victor Yanukovich, and providing military assistance that undermined the Minsk II peace accord. It’s time the Canadian government pushed for a truce and negotiations to end the horrors.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a professor and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. His most recent book is ‘The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions’ (2020). Sachs was twice named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and was ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.
Ivan Katchanovski is a University of Ottawa professor who has published four books and numerous articles including “The far right, the Euromaidan, and the Maidan massacre in Ukraine” and “The hidden origin of the escalating Ukraine-Russia conflict”.
Host: Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
Co-sponsors: World BEYOND War, Rights Action, Just Peace Advocates
Moderator: Bianca Mugyenyi