The War in Ukraine: Lessons Learned and the Future Political Settlement

Jonathan Paquin

The conflict in Ukraine marked the return of major interstate wars on the European continent. After one year of brutal battles and heavy losses, this conference takes stock of the main military lessons learned from the War in Ukraine and evaluates the possible future political settlements that may emerge from such conflict. To do so, it leverages the unique networks offered by the European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS), the Canadian Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA), and the Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies to bring together scholars and experts from the United States, Canada, and Europe, in a truly transatlantic endeavour. The conference is organized in two roundtables.

The first one focuses on the key military lessons learned from the analysis of Russian, Ukrainian, and NATO’s military performances across a wide range of domains, including military operations, training, logistics, intelligence, and nuclear deterrence. It provides a fine-grained analysis of the main areas of strength and weakness of both Russian and Ukrainian armed forces on the battlefield as well of NATO’s support in the war effort.

Building on the findings of such analysis, the second roundtable examines the prospects for a future political settlement between Ukraine and Russian and the role of US and European powers therein. The contours of such settlement will likely revolve around key issues such as the allocation of territories occupied by Russia, Ukraine’s relation with NATO, security guarantees for Ukraine, the status of Russophile minorities in Ukraine, war reparations, and the lifting of Western sanctions on Russia, among others. Building on the scholarly literature on war termination, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction, this roundtable will evaluate the possible diplomatic settlements and scenarios that may emerge from this war.

Thereby, this conference hopes to enrich our understanding of the past war effort, its current trajectory, and the prospects for a peaceful political settlement in Ukraine.

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8:00-8:15AM (EST) / 2:00-2:15PM (CET): Opening Remarks

  • Larry Valero, Director of the Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Hugo Meijer, Sciences Po & Director of the European Initiative for Security Studies
  • Jonathan Paquin, Laval University & Network for Strategic Analysis

8:15-9:00AM (EST) / 2:15-3:00PM (CET): Keynote Speaker

  • Michael Kofman – Center for Naval Analyses

9:00-10:15AM (EST) / 3:00-4:15PM (CET): Roundtable 1: Military Lessons Learned

Chair: Eliza Gheorghe, Bilkent University


    • Frans Osinga – Leiden University
    • Hanna Shelest, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”/ Ukraine Analytica
    • Alexander Lanoszka – University of Waterloo

10:30-11:45AM (EST) /4:30-5:45PM (CET)  Roundtable 2: War termination and Post-War Settlement: What Does a Political Settlement Look Like? 

Chair: Jack Porter –  The Citadel


    • Oxana Shevel – Tufts University
    • Justin Massie – University of Québec in Montreal
    • Maria Popova – McGill University

11:45AM-12:00PM (EST) / 5:45-6:00PM (CET) Closing Remarks

  • Jonathan Paquin, Laval University & Network for Strategic Analysis
  • Hugo Meijer, Sciences Po & Director of the European Initiative for Security Studies


Réseau d'analyse stratégique (RAS) / Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA)


Friday, February 24, 2023


08:00 - 12:00

Location Mixed Attendance Mode

Pavillon Altman Center - The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina.
Free Registration


Jonathan Paquin

Co-director | Great Powers

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces / Le Ministère de la Défense nationale et les Forces armées canadiennes