The Petro Jacyk Education Foundation (PJEF) is excited to announce the launch of two impressive courses focused on Ukraine at Tiffin University in Ohio. These courses, made possible by generous funding from the PJEF and will be taught by the esteemed Dr. Olga Bertelsen, a former Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. The graduates of the National Security, Intelligence and Terrorism Studies program will go on to work in the Department of Defense, CIA, FBI, United Nations and Secret Service.
Dr. Olga Bertelsen joined Tiffin University in August 2021, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Prior to her position at the university, she completed a medical and dental education in Ukraine. She holds bachelor and doctoral degrees in History with a specialization in Ukrainian/Soviet history and intelligence from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (U.S.), Penn State University (U.S.), and the University of Nottingham (U.K.). Dr. Bertelsen has also conducted research and taught courses on world history, international relations, and security and intelligence studies at Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Harvard University, New York University, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, Arizona).
The first course offered is titled “State Terrorism and Political Violence: Russia and Ukraine.” It offers a comprehensive examination of state terrorism and political violence, with a particular focus on the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. The course delves into the historical, geopolitical, economic, and humanitarian factors that contribute to Russia's engagement in political violence and acts of terrorism in Ukraine and beyond. It analyzes the impact of Russia's actions on the regional and global balance of power, including economic stability. The course also sheds light on Russia's use of information and finances as negotiation tools with Western nations, as well as its utilization of unconventional threats.
The second course is titled “Security in Post-Genocidal Societies.” This course concentrates on the challenges that nations facing genocide and ethnic cleansing encounter, with a special focus on Ukraine. Drawing insights from the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, the course provides comparative analysis of historical and ethnic patterns in regions afflicted by genocide and crimes against humanity. It delves into the underlying factors and rhetoric that often pave the way for violent actions by colonial powers. Additionally, the course examines policies and reforms implemented after genocidal events, along with the processes of societal healing and recovery. The course also explores the fundamental elements of security in post-genocidal states and the essential components needed for a successful transition from conflict to peace.
These courses not only offer valuable insights into Ukrainian history, politics, and security but also contribute to global awareness of the challenges faced by Ukraine. By shedding light on these important issues, Tiffin University and PJEF are working together to provide a platform for understanding, learning, and meaningful change.
We encourage you to explore further details about these courses and PJEF's efforts on our official website. Together, through education and awareness, we can make a significant impact and contribute to a better future for Ukraine and the world at large.