EU Policy Forum Educator Workshop

2022 EU Policy Forum Educator Workshop

Europe, the European Union, and Russia: Navigating an Uncertain Future

The 2022 EU Policy Forum took place on August 17, 2022. Please return in Spring 2023 for information about the 2023 Policy Forum.

Please find resources and teaching curricula from the event below.

The UW Jackson School of International Studies welcomed middle school, high school, and community college educators to participate in the 2022 EU Policy Forum, an educator workshop co-sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme and focused on contemporary issues in the European Union. The workshop included lectures by experts and facilitation by World Affairs Council Global Classroom Program Director and High School Teacher Ryan Hauck. 

The 2022 workshop featured the following speakers, with select lectures available as podcasts on Soundcloud and iTunes:

  • Dean LaRue – How Does the EU Actually Work and How Is It Changing in the Face of Russian Aggression in Ukraine
  • Scott Montgomery – EU Economic and Energy Responses to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
  • Glennys Young – Russia’s War Against Ukraine: Teaching Opportunities and Challenges
  • Christopher Jones – What to Do About Russia? Russia, the EU, and the International System
  • Brenden McElmeel – Russia vs. ‘Gayropa?’ Russian Cultural Politics since the Conservative Turn

2022 Workshop Agenda

Workshop Agenda

2022 Curriculum Resource Guide 

The Curriculum Guide is available as a single document and also as individual modules. Please refer to the Guide Introduction for general resources on the EU, the Bibliography, and the Table of Contents for each module.

Complete Curriculum Guide

Speaker Information: 

Ryan Hauck – Workshop Facilitator

Ryan Hauck is the Director of the Global Classroom Program at the World Affairs Council in Seattle. In this role, Ryan supports students, teachers, and schools in their efforts to enhance global education. He also teaches AP Comparative Politics and Psychology at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, WA, where he works to bring the world into his classroom. Ryan has a master’s degree in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh University’s Comparative and International Education Department. Ryan is passionate about engaging with other cultures and has worked on several projects in Nigeria over the past fifteen years. Most recently, Ryan participated in the U.S. Department’s Fulbright Teachers for Global Classroom Program to Senegal (2016), Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) to Germany (2017), National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Program to Taiwan (2018), and Qatar Foundation Program to Jordan (2019). Ryan is a Washington State Council for the Social Studies Board Member and serves on the Arctic Initiative Leadership Team at the University of Washington. Ryan’s essay “International Education Matters: The Role of NGOSs in Cultivating Global Competence was published in the 2019 edition of the Annual Review of Comparative and International Education.

Dean LaRue – How Does the EU Actually Work and How Is It Changing in the Face of Russian Aggression in Ukraine?

Dean LaRue

Dean LaRue is a Senior Lecturer for the Center for West European Studies and European Union Center in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Mr. LaRue holds a Master of Arts in Policy Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics from the University of Washington. He is a member of the founding team for the West Coast Model European Union, the primary instructor for the UW’s European Union Policy and Simulation course since 2005, and a former Outreach Coordinator for CWES/EUC. Mr. LaRue is a former US Foreign Service Officer for the United States Information Agency and International Product Manager for


Christopher Jones – What to Do About Russia? Russia, the EU, and the International SystemChristopher Jones

Chris Jones is Associate Professor of International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. His teaching focuses on NATO/Warsaw pact relations, post-Cold War security issues, and political economy of the post-Cold War era.




Glennys Young – Is Russia European? How Russians See Europe and Themselves in Historical and Contemporary PerspectiveGlennys Young

I am a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union. Over the course of my career, I have become increasingly interested in the USSR’s involvement in transnational movements and processes, whether political, social, cultural, or economic. I have also pursued research interests in the history of Communism and world history. In addition to the books mentioned below, I’ve published articles on a number of topics in Soviet social and political history.

My first book, Power and the Sacred in Revolutionary Russia: Religious Activists in the Village (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997), examined the Bolshevik project of cultural transformation through a case study of peasants’ responses to the Soviet anti-religious campaign. In 1999, the book was awarded Honorable Mention for the Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Prize from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

In 2011, I published The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century: A Global History through Sources (Oxford University Press. Through a collection of carefully selected documents, some presented for the first time in English translation, the book seeks to provide an inside look at how people around the world subjectively experienced, and contributed to, global communism.

My current book project is entitled The Return: From the Soviet Union to Franco’s Spain in the Cold War, under contract with Oxford University Press, England.

The Return reveals the unrecognized political, social, and cultural shockwaves of the Cold War repatriation of Spanish nationals who had been catapulted to the USSR as refugees and exiles in the Spanish Civil War, or as soldiers who fought for the Nazi Wehrmacht in World War II.   What makes the Spanish case distinct with respect to numerous others involving post-World War II repatriations from the USSR is that it involved civilians and military personnel, including prisoners of war.  As well, the repatriation of Spanish nationals constituted the largest repatriation of civilians from the USSR to a country in Western Europe during the Cold War.    Although the repatriation of Spaniards—both Red Army POWs and civilians—began during World War II, albeit in small numbers, the return of the Spaniards became an international issue beginning in the late 1940s, just as the Cold War was heating up.    The book focuses on the seven expeditions of repatriates from the USSR to Franco’s Spain in the second half of the 1950s.

Scott Montgomery – EU Economic and Energy Responses to Russia’s Invasion of UkraineScott Montgomery

Scott L. Montgomery is an author, geoscientist, and affiliate faculty member in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. He writes and lectures on a wide variety of topics related to energy (geopolitics, technology, resources, climate change), American politics, intellectual history, language and communication, and the history of science. He is a frequent contributor to online journals such as The Conversation, Forbes, and Fortune, and his articles and op-eds are regularly featured in many outlets, including Newsweek, Marketwatch, The Huffington Post, and UPI. He also gives public talks and serves on panels related to issues in global energy and their relation to political and economic trends and ideas of sustainability. For more than two decades, Montgomery worked as a geoscientist in the energy industry, writing over 100 scientific papers and 70 monographs on topics related to oil and gas, energy technology, and industry trends. Montgomery is the author of 12 books and is currently pursuing several areas of research, including the role of Enlightenment ideas in present-day American politics, as well as the future of petroleum and its role in geopolitics and climate change.

Brenden McElmeel – Russia vs. ‘Gayropa?’ Russian Cultural Politics since the Conservative Turn

Bio coming soon!


This educator workshop is sponsored by the European Union, the UW Center for West European Studies & EU Center, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, the Center for Global Studies, and the World Affairs Council of Seattle. The workshop is hosted by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. For more information, please email the Center for West European Studies at

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