Russia’s massive assault on an independent Ukraine menaces not only Eastern Europe, but the human effort, since World War II, to build global peace through the international rule of law. USIP provides analysis and support for policies that can help sustain the democracy, dialogue and diplomacy that will be required to ultimately defeat this threat

Global Implications

The reverberating effects of Putin’s assault on Ukraine are already being felt across the globe — raising concerns about what Russia’s propensity for aggression will be going forward. USIP experts examine how the invasion of Ukraine might have shifted Moscow’s decision-making in other parts of the world.

Expert Analysis and Commentary

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Previous Events

Damage to the Transfiguration Cathedral in Odesa, Ukraine, caused by a Russian missile attack, on July 24, 2023. (Emile Ducke/The New York Times)

Faith Under Fire in Russia’s War on Ukraine

On October 30, 2023, USIP, the Atlantic Council, and Razom for Ukraine hosted a conversation with a delegation from the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations. These senior Ukrainian religious leaders — who represent multiple branches of Christianity in Ukraine in addition to the country’s Muslim and Jewish communities — highlighted the various roles that religious groups and organizations have played as part of Ukraine’s war effort. ;

The Parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. (Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times)

Expanding Ukraine’s Democratic and Electoral Progress During War

On October 26, USIP, in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the National Endowment for Democracy, hosted a discussion on refortifying Ukraine's democratic and electoral foundations. The conversation delved into the key steps Ukraine can undertake now to prepare for free and fair elections once Russia’s invasion ends, while also addressing strategies for Ukraine to safeguard itself against disruptive Russian disinformation narratives targeting its democracy and the postponement of elections.

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The Impact of the War in Ukraine on Russian Civil Society

On June 7, 2023, USIP and New York University's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia co-hosted a discussion on the impact of the war in Ukraine on Russian civil society both at home and in exile abroad. The conversation also touched on the potential long-term implications of the war for Russian civil society and government, including in regards to relations with Europe.

Iskander-M missile systems outside the Kremlin in Moscow during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade, May 7, 2021. (Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times)

Russian Grand Strategy in the Era of Great Power Competition

On April 11, 2023, USIP hosted a conversation with Andrew Monaghan on what Russian grand strategy entails, how it manifests in the political, economic, and military spheres, and what this means for the United States and the future of global conflict in the era of great power competition.

Panel, l to r - Amb. William Taylor, Vice President, USIP, Marta Kaleniuk, Senior Defense Analyst, RAND, Admiral Jonas Wikstrom, Swedish Armed Forces; Swedish Defense Attache to the United States, Jordan Andrews, State Department Fellow, USIP

Securing the Peace in Ukraine

On March 27, 2023, USIP hosted a discussion on the tensions between security, democracy and civil liberties, the costs and benefits of total defense/comprehensive security models, and the regulation and oversight of strong security sectors. The conversation examined lessons learned from Nordic and Baltic states, which could represent a thoughtful roadmap for ensuring Ukraine’s democracy continues to stand strong while maintaining effective and transparent security institutions that credibly deter interstate aggression.

Ambassador William Taylor (left), Kateryna “Katja” Smagliy (center), Peter Erben (right)

Winning the Peace After the War

On February 8, 2023, USIP hosted a conversation on why supporting Ukraine’s democratic processes and institutions is pivotal for Ukraine to both win the peace for its own people and become a much-needed beacon of democracy for the regional neighborhood and beyond.

Rescue personnel use a crane to view inside the ruins of a bombed apartment building in Borodyanka, a town about 20 miles northwest of Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday April 9, 2022. (Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times)

Twitter Space: Syria, Russia and the War in Ukraine

On November 8, 2022, USIP hosted a Twitter Space conversation on the short- and long-term implications of Russia’s shifting role in the Syrian conflict, as well as what the geopolitical fallout from the war in Ukraine means for Syria and the Middle East.

Left to right: Mary Glantz, Senior Advisor, Russia and Europe Center, USIP, Tetiana Yehorova-Lutsenko, Chairperson, Kaharkiv Regional Council, Interpreter, Tamila Afansieva, Head, Odessa Regional Council for Peace, Ioana Vlad, Midshipman, US Naval Academy

Women’s Changing Roles and Leadership During the War in Ukraine

On March 7, 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day, USIP, the Romulus T. Weatherman Foundation and Women in International Security hosted a discussion with women from Ukraine and Europe that looks at how the war is impacting gender roles in military, civil society and government institutions.

Panel, l to r - Mary Glantz, Senior Advisor, Russia and Europe Center, USIP, Amb. Masha Yovanovitch, Senior Advisor, Russia and Europe Center, USIP, Maria Snegovaya, Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Lise Howard, Peace Scholar, Center for Russia & Europe, USIP

One Year Later: Russia's War Against Ukraine

On March 1, 2023, USIP hosted a conversation looking back on the last year of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the state of the conflict today, and its implications for the United States, Europe and international peace and security.

Panel left to right: Lise Grande, Amb. Oksana Markarova, Amb. Beth Van Schaack, Eli M. Rosenbaum

Delivering Justice for Ukraine

On June 28, 2022, USIP and the Ukrainian Embassy held a discussion of ongoing legal efforts to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and deliver justice for the Ukrainian people. This event marked the celebration of Ukrainian Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the country’s constitution in 1996.

left to right: Chuck Todd, Political Director, Moderator of "Meet the Press," Host, "MTP Daily." NBC News, Amb. William Taylor, VP, Russia and Europe, USIP, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

Exposing Atrocities in Ukraine

On June 1, 2022, Ambassador Bill Taylor and NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd discussed the role that journalists have played in relation to accountability for atrocities committed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ambassador Oksana Markarova

Responding to Russian Atrocities in Ukraine

On March 22, 2022, USIP hosted a discussion on seeking justice for Russian atrocities in Ukraine, the needs of Ukrainian civilians, available accountability mechanisms and the role of multilateral institutions in operationalizing an effective accountability strategy.