Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Fighting to Win: Ukraine, Russia, and the War for Survival


Fighting to Win: Ukraine, Russia, and the War for Survival

September 21, 2023 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm | Eurasia Program

About the Event

Nearly 19 months since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine the world’s attention is fixed on Ukraine’s counteroffensive. As of August, Ukrainian forces are attempting to find weak spots in Russia’s defensive lines and penetrate their various echelons in order to unleash mechanized reserves into the Russian rear and sever their lines of communication to Crimea. Increasingly, Russia and Ukraine believe they are fighting an existential war and both sides are preparing to fight indefinitely until their war aims are achieved.

Join us on September 21 as we assess Russian and Ukrainian war aims and strategies, and discuss the implications for US interests in the region.

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Robert E. Hamilton

Robert E. Hamilton - Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Hamilton, PhD, is the Head of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Eurasia Program.

Philip Wasielewski

Philip Wasielewski - Philip Wasielewski is the Director of FPRI's Center for the Study of Intelligence and Nontraditional Warfare and a Senior Fellow in FPRI's Eurasia Program. He is a former Paramilitary Case Officer who had a 31-year career in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency.