10th May 2023 – The War in Ukraine – a military assessment

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Brigadier Ben Barry – The War in Ukraine – a military assessment

Russia’s war in Ukraine was a strategic shock to the US and Europe. There has been much media coverage of the war, not least the suffering it has imposed on civilians. But the war has had considerable military impact, not only on Ukraine and Russia, but also on the US, UK and NATO. This talk will explain the key military dynamics, the current and likely future contours of the war, and its key military implications.

Ben Barry is the Senior Fellow for Land Warfare at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Ben joined the IISS in 2010, before which he served in the British Army. As well as training in Germany, France, Cyprus, Canada, Portugal and New Zealand, and operational service in Hong Kong and Northern Ireland, he commanded both an armoured infantry battalion and a multinational brigade on UN and NATO operations in Bosnia. He was director of the British Army Staff in the UK Ministry of Defence and author of the Army’s lessons learned analysis of post-conflict stabilisation of Iraq.

He is a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and the author of Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War (IISS, 2016), The Road from Sarajevo: British Army Operations in Bosnia, 1995–1996 (The History Press, 2016) and Blood, Metal and Dust How Victory Turned into Defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq (Osprey, 2020).