The war in the Donbas region of Ukraine is among the most well-documented armed conflicts in recent history. Combatants release near-daily maps of the fighting, while media organizations, bloggers and government agencies publish their own reports on the unfolding events.
These data offer answers to many crucial questions. What have been the main drivers of rebellion in eastern Ukraine? Are cultural and linguistic factors more important than economics in explaining where violence has occurred, and where Kyiv has lost control? What role has cyberwarfare played in this conflict? How has the information war between Russia and Ukraine affected what we know about the war? This seminar will provide an overview of the promises and pitfalls of political science research on the Donbas War, while sharing several recent findings.