George Liber, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is available to explain the history of the unrest in Ukraine and also give his perspective on the latest developments.
Here is his latest commentary: "Vladimir Putin's vision is to restore Russia's former glory"
His research and teaching interests include Soviet, post-Soviet, and East European social history; center-periphery relations in the Soviet Union and its successor states; nationalism and national identity formation; processes of democratization; and 20th century Ukrainian history.
• BA, Indiana University, 1975, History
• MA, Harvard University, 1977, Soviet Studies
• Ph.D., Columbia University, 1986, History
Liber was born in Australia, exactly one week after Joseph Stalin died. His family arrived in the US in 1958. Dr. Liber has lived in Western Australia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, and Alabama, and has spent long periods of research in Washington, DC; Moscow, Russia; and Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2010, Liber has been an international election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and worked in Ukraine and Kazakhstan.