Russia’s re-invasion of Ukraine has put many questions that had been left unanswered by European policymakers front and centre of discussion in capitals across Europe.
An effective response to Russia’s aggression requires a long-term vision on the part of European policymakers. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is shifting into a prolonged war of attrition, this panel considers the implications of a protracted conflict in Ukraine and the importance of protecting the country’s territorial integrity for all of Europe.
As there are no risk-free options, what are the best ways to support Ukraine, avoid unnecessary escalation and ensure long-term peace and stability in Europe? What would good or bad outcomes of this war look like for Ukraine and for Europe more broadly?
The war has also highlighted other related strategic questions, such as Europe’s energy security, defence spending, refugee policies, the EU’s enlargement and role as a geopolitical actor. What should the strategic priorities be and how will responses to the war in Ukraine shape European states’ long-term direction on these issues?
The panellists discuss ideas on both tactical and strategic policy options, and on how to avoid quick fixes that create long-term problems.
This is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on the future of conflict.