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What is the current state of the war in Ukraine? What have the consequences been internationally? What potential is there for peace?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has since reshaped the international order, with far-reaching implications for global governance, trade relations, international security, global supply chains, and military innovation. It has also left tens of thousands dead on both sides, militarized Ukraine, and created the conditions for the ill-fated Wagner mutiny in Russia. This panel, part of the Conflict Research Society's Annual Conference, will examine the current state of the war, the international fallout, and prospects for peace.

Followed by drinks at Temple Brew House, 46 Essex St, London WC2R 3JF.



Tracey German is a Professor of Conflict and Security in the Defence Studies Department at King’s and a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI. Her research focuses on Russian foreign and security policies, particularly Russia’s use of force, and how its neighbours have responded, as well as Russian strategic culture and military thought. She is the author of Russia and the Changing Character of Conflict and the co-editor of Georgia’s Foreign Policy: Diplomacy, Strategy and Regional Power in the Caucasus.

Natasha Kuhrt is a Senior Lecturer in International Peace and Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s. In 2011 she established the British International Studies Association Working Group on Russian & Eurasian Security, which she continues to convene. Dr Kuhrt is the author of Russian Policy Towards China and Japan. The El’tsin and Putin Periods and the editor of Russia and the World: The Internal-External Nexus.

Jade McGlynn is a Leverhulme EC Researcher in the War Studies department at King’s. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she previously worked as a Lecturer in Russian. She is the author of Memory Makers: The Politics of the Past in Putin’s Russia (Bloomsbury) and Russia’s War (Polity). She is a frequent contributor to international media, including BBC, CNN, DW, Foreign Policy, The Times, The Telegraph and The Spectator.

Kseniya Oksamytna is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of International Politics, City University of London and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Conflict, Security, and Development Research Group at King’s. Her research interests are international organizations (in particular, decision-making, resourcing, and inequalities in international bureaucracies) and peace operations. Her recent work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research. She is Reviews Editor of International Peacekeeping.

Dr Rod Thornton specialises in the study of the Russian military, particularly its emphasis on sub-threshold warfare activities – such as cyber and psychological operations. He originally served for nine years in an infantry regiment of the British Army (1980-88). During his time, he spent four years in Germany and three years in Northern Ireland. Rod is the author of ‘Asymmetric Warfare’ (Polity). He is currently working on a book about the Russian armed forces. This encompasses the study of its army, navy and air force but also its activities in the sub-threshold space.



Christine Cheng is Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of War Studies at King’s. Dr Cheng is an award-winning author, policy advisor, and political activist. Dr Cheng studies the rebuilding of societies after violent armed conflict. She co-led the UK government’s Elite Bargains project, which later became the foundation for the UK’s conflict stabilisation policy. She is the author of Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia- How Trade Makes the State (OUP).

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Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS