On Thursday, June 6th, at 6:30 pm, at 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont, the Windham World Affairs Council (WWAC) will host a talk with Christine Abely, author of “The Russia Sanctions: The Economic Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine” (Cambridge University Press 2023) and Assistant Professor of Law at New England Law in Boston.
     The event is free to the public, but a $10 donation is suggested. Registration is encouraged at Eventbrite.  If you cannot attend live, a Zoom link is available upon registering. Alternatively, you can contact windhamworldaffairscouncil@gmail.com on the day of the talk to get a link.
     It has been over two years since Russia invaded Ukraine. Never before had a nation of Russia’s size been subject to so many sanctions from so many countries so quickly, with so little seeming result. During the talk, Professor Abely will discuss why sanctions have not achieved their supporters’ wildest dreams nor their greatest fears. She will focus on financial sanctions, oil and gas, oligarchs, food insecurity, and enforcement. Abely will help the audience understand how the complexity of sanctions reflects both the nature of globalization and the gaps in the international rule of law. Abely is an Assistant Professor teaching Contracts & International Business Transactions at New England Law. Her op-eds have appeared in The L.A. Times, The Hill, and other outlets. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and MarketWatch, and has appeared on CBS 880, Boston Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, and elsewhere. Prior to working in academia, she practiced international trade and sanctions law. She holds a JD from University of Virginia School of Law and a BA in Economics and French Studies from Dartmouth College.
     The Windham World Affairs Council has been bringing global issues to Windham County for 64 years. Through ongoing programs such as salons, youth and teacher support, and a monthly speaker series led by global experts, the council aims to build community engagement, dialogue, and resilience. The organization is independent, nonpartisan, and presents all events free to the public. It also participates as a chapter of the National World Affairs Council of America.   People are encouraged to join WWAC on our website to support monthly lectures and participate in the ‘Members & Friends Salon’ for networking and off-the-record guest speakers.
     The council is currently seeking new board members interested in international affairs and looking for an opportunity to make a difference in helping the residents of Windham County navigate current events.  If you are interested, please contact us at windhamworldaffairscouncil@gmail.com.