War in Ukraine

23rd Käte Hamburger Dialogue

Thursday, 24th March 2022 (16:30-18:00, CET) | Online Event via Zoom 

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) and Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden / Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is a terrible tragedy that is causing untold human suffering and destruction, killing and wounding thousands and forcing millions of people to flee their homes, thus also triggering a massive humanitarian crisis in Europe. The Russian invasion is also an attack on international law, the European peace order and the rules-based international order, with hitherto unforeseeable implications. The war has immense costs and consequences: first and foremost, as in every war, for the people directly affected, whose lives are destroyed and whose futures are disrupted, who lose their lives, their loved ones, their homes and their freedom. Ukraine’s future is in danger. So is Russia’s, albeit in a different way: apart from the economic impact of the sanctions, the situation is becoming increasingly dangerous for dissenters, journalists, critical academics and activists due to the dictatorial government’s increasingly hard crackdown. The war also has important consequences for the European security architecture and the global order, with yet unclear political, economic and security implications around the world.


    Despite the volatility of the situation, we came together for an assessment of the situation and a discussion of possibilities for peace in Ukraine, Europe and the world. In this Käte Hamburger Dialogue, a panel of international experts discussed the consequences of the war and possible ways forward. In particular, the panel adressed the following aspects:

    • An assessment of the current situation and discuss possibilities for achieving peace in Ukraine, including the role of mediation and the provision of humanitarian assistance.
    • What implications does the war have on the future of the European security architecture?
    • Looking beyond Europe, what perspectives on the war and its implications, e.g. regarding the global food supply, can be discerned in countries of the Global South? Can we draw initial conclusions about how the conflict might affect global cooperation?
    • And finally, since we seem to be at a turning point in history, should turn we back to the old thinking in spheres of influence, balance of power and re-armament? Or will we be able to look ahead and learn from research on how to end wars and prevent new ones? What can, for example, postcolonial peace research, gender research or feminist foreign and security policy teach us about how to build sustainable peace?




    Arrival / Sign in to virtual platform


    23rd Käte Hamburger Dialogue


    Welcome and Introduction: Patricia Rinck, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Research Group Leader


    David Carment, Carleton University, Professor of International Affairs; Alumni Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research


    Oksana Huss, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Bologna and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network


    Tamara Martsenyuk, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Associate Professor


    Siddharth Tripathi, Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research and Postdoctoral Fellow, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt


    Moderator: Andreas Zumach, journalist and author on international relations and conflicts


    Q&A with the audience


    Concluding remarks: Cornelia Ulbert (INEF)


    End of the Käte Hamburger Dialogue

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