Leading academics from the US and the UK will today join in a live discussion with Jonathan Este, one of The Conversation’s international affairs editors, to consider, "what next for Ukraine, Russia and the world?". It follows a weekend that saw the horrors of the Russian invasion spread to the west of the country. Read The Conversation’s complete coverage of the war here.

And with millions of people now displaced in Ukraine, a special edition of The Conversation Weekly podcast looks at the issue of what happens to refugees after they flee crisis regions. The episode is part of the UK/AU Season 2021-22. We also reflect on Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, 50 years on from its release, and bring you a new section of long reads and reviews, called Books and Ideas. The articles are commissioned by Suzy Freeman-Greene and her team in our Melbourne bureau.

Stephen Khan

Executive Editor, The Conversation International

A protester outside an immigration detention facility in Melbourne, Austraila. FiledIMAGE/Shutterstock

The trauma of life in limbo for refugees and asylum seekers in immigration detention – podcast

Gemma Ware, The Conversation; Justin Bergman, The Conversation

Plus, Russia’s history of using refugees from Ukraine as geopolitical tools. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.

A woman wears a face mask as she walks by the sculpture ‘The Illuminated Crowd’ on a street in Montréal. Vulnerable people may benefit from measures like face masks even after the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Should public health measures like masking continue beyond the pandemic? Data on viral infections shows their benefits

Rutvij A. Khanolkar, University of Calgary; Eddy S. Lang, University of Calgary

Decreases in respiratory infections during the pandemic suggest there may be a continued role for the selective, non-mandated use of measures like masks and social distancing even post-COVID-19.

The Godfather starred Marlon Brando in his most iconic role. Zero05Ard/Shutterstock

The Godfather at 50: celebrating the mob saga that raised the bar for gangster films

Gill Jamieson, University of the West of Scotland

Considered one of the greatest films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola’s sweeping epic is back on the big screen for its big birthday.

Books & Ideas

Feminist stories and dangerous bodies: Siri Hustvedt in conversation with Julienne van Loon

Julienne van Loon, RMIT University

Two writers discuss feminism, writing in the age of Trump and COVID – and being ‘flabbergasted’ by the absence of birth from Western art and philosophy.