Gerard Toal's recent publication, "Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus," provides a nuanced and theoretically compelling argument that traditional notions of distance, space and territory are no longer conceptually useful to understand contentious geopolitical conflicts. Purposefully using a diverse range of multi-lingual naming conventions, Toal deliberately brings attention to the lived-experiences of place contestation, life-worlds, and the combination of the tangible and intangible from which conflicts surface.
This panel brings together a diverse collective of discussants who more than colleagues and collaborators with Gerard Toal, they too have written, experienced, and considered the regions and conflicts about which Toal has investigated. Consequently, this session is not so much about "critique" as it is a sustained, engaged, and engaging conversation about the people, places, and issues of the Russian-labeled "Near Abroad," and the geographies that are inevitably political, lived, and contested.
|Discussant||John Agnew UCLA||15|
|Discussant||Klaus Dodds Royal Holloway, University of London||15|
|Discussant||Marianna Pavlovskaya Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center||15|
|Discussant||Lee Schwartz U.S. Department of State||15|
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