Ending the war on Ukraine: dangers of a false peace

How can a long and durable peace be found to safeguard Ukraine and Europe’s future? A networking reception will follow this event.

Members event, Panel Recording
10 July 2023 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

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— The expert panel discusses what needs have to be met to ensure that Ukraine is whole, free, and independent, that the Russian state is no longer a threat to neighbouring countries.

Ever since the possibility of Ukrainian victory could be entertained following the retreat of Russian forces from the Kyiv region in March 2022, the question of how the peace will be achieved has been up in the air. Definitions of success have ranged from the full restoration of pre–2014 Ukrainian territory, to calls for compromise and concession by Ukraine.

As Western democracies are entering new election cycles, a long-term plan is needed for ending the war, and what is to follow. Failure to do so will compromise the broader security framework in Europe and will result in further conflicts in the future.

In this event, we discuss the conditions that need to be met to ensure that Ukraine is whole, free, and independent, that the Russian state is no longer a threat to neighbouring countries. We will also dispel the common misconceptions about how the war’s end might look.

The panel of experts will discuss the following questions:

  • What can we do to ensure that the Russian state poses no threat to the territorial integrity of neighbouring countries in the future?

  • Should Ukraine stay neutral? How would Ukraine’s association with Western organizations affect any future relationship with Russia?

  • How will military outcomes on the battlefield affect outcomes at the negotiating table?

  • Could Russia’s war in Ukraine end at the negotiating table?

  • How should the West deal with Russia’s war crimes?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

A networking reception will follow this event.

Read the latest Chatham House report: How to end Russia’s war on Ukraine

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