On 24 February, Europe saw the outbreak of the most destructive conflict on its continent since World War II, with the Russian Federation launching a mass assault against Ukraine. Since the beginning of the invasion, we have witnessed terrible and unprovoked aggression committed by a state against its neighbour and the unfolding of a humanitarian crisis. Ukraine’s fierce resistance has surprised and inspired many, as has the strong EU-NATO unity against the actions of the Russian government. Yet, as the toll of the war between both nations increases, fears loom large that it could last for many more months and challenge security both in Europe and further afield for many years to come within the uncertain dynamics of a “new Cold War”.

In all respects, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is a watershed moment with profound consequences, not only for the future of the 44-million-strong East European nation, but also for European security and the global order. From what we know about the purposes of the Russian leadership, the confrontation between Russia and the West is not merely about the future of Ukraine’s security arrangements; it is about Europe’s entire post-Cold War strategic framework. Among many unknowns regarding the trajectory and outcome of hostilities, it is certain that our continent is confronted with its worst security crisis since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

As Ukraine has been struggling with an all-out war for nearly six months, it is important to reflect upon and analyse the challenges and consequences for Ukraine, for Europe, and for the international security. How can this war be ended? What are the future prospects? What is the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on Europe and its security in the long term? What can be done in order to support Ukraine on its rocky path towards lasting peace and security? What are the EU’s political options towards Russia? Are we going back to a geopolitics of blocs?

In order to diversify our understanding of those crucial issues, we will be honoured to welcome Dr Gustav C. Gressel, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Dr Victoria Vdovychenko, associate professor at Kyiv Borys Grinchenko University.

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Research lines: Europe ; Eurasia

© Source image: Ministry of Defence of Ukraine on Flickr

Evening conference

Six months of war in Ukraine: challenges
and consequences for European security

Conference videos:
Dr Gustav C. GRESSEL

Moderator: Nicolas GOSSET

Language: English
Simultaneous Interpretation in French and Dutch

15 September 2022, 17:00 – 18:30
> 16:30 – Registration
> 17:00 – Conference
> 18:30 – Reception

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