New AtlanticistJun 6, 2023
Three questions (and expert answers) about the dam collapse in Ukraine
By Atlantic Council experts
Atlantic Council experts answer pressing questions about the broken Nova Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine, including what it means for the ongoing war and if damaging it amounts to a war crime.
Kristina Hook is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. She specializes in genocide and mass atrocity prevention, emerging technologies, and post-conflict reconstruction. A specialist in Ukraine and Ukraine-Russia relations, she has worked in more than twenty-five countries including ones across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.
A former Fulbright scholar to Ukraine, Hook has conducted multiple years of fieldwork across thirty-two locations in Ukraine since 2015. Her forthcoming book analyzes Joseph Stalin’s historical genocide against Ukraine, the Holodomor, and how modern leaders interpreted this history to predict Russia’s aggression and Ukraine’s robust resistance. Her book draws from nine years of interviews with Ukrainian national leaders across the fields of politics, law, academia, and civil society.
Hook’s research has been published in Foreign Affairs, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and Genocide Studies and Prevention. Her analysis has also appeared in CNN, USA Today, the Washington Post, Voice of America, the Hill, the Atlantic Council, and other foreign-policy outlets.
Hook is also an assistant professor of conflict management at Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development. She received her joint PhD in peace studies and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. She holds MA degrees in anthropology and in international development from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Denver respectively, as well as a BA from the University of Florida.
Prior to her time in academia, Hook served as a policy advisor at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and as a political and economic officer in an embassy abroad. She received a US Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for her work on responding to mass atrocities and was a presidential management fellow from 2013 to 2015. From 2020 to 2023, Hook served as a nonresident fellow at the Marine Corps University’s Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare.