The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent
institute for peace research at the Flemish Parliament.

The war in Ukraine and the future of arms control in Europe (with Nils Duquet)

14:15 - 15:30

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has disrupted the security order in Europe, with Russia dealing a fatal blow to the few remaining arms control and confidence building arrangements left in the Euro-Atlantic region. On 22 February 2024, the conflict will enter its third year and as of today, a decisive military victory by either side remains unlikely. Russia likely is counting on a lack of Western consensus and resolve in continuing its military support to Ukraine as the conflict continues. Russia is thus putting cohesion within the EU and in transatlantic relations to the test.

How has Russia’s war in Ukraine reshaped the security landscape in Europe, and what are the implications for regional and global arms control efforts? What lessons can be drawn from the conflict in Ukraine for past or future arms control agreements and their effectiveness in preventing or managing conflicts? What role can arms control play in the resolution or maintenance of a just and peaceful resolution to Russia’s war on Ukraine? How can the EU contribute to laying the groundwork for a sustainable post-conflict Euro-Atlantic security order – especially regarding cooperation with the OSCE and NATO?


(chair)William Alberque, Director of Strategy, Technology and Arms Control, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Berlin
Wendin D. Smith, Director of NATO’s Arms Control, Disarmament, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Nonproliferation Centre (ACDC), Brussels
Malgorzata Twardowska, Deputy Director for Operations Services, CPC – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretariat, Vienna
Nils Duquet, Director, Flemish Peace Institute, Brussels
Polina Sinovets, Head and Founder of the Odesa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP)