As the Ukraine War enters its two-year ongoing conflict, there are deep concerns over its trajectory. In the run-up to the 24 February 2022 invasion, most media pundits and security experts held the belief that Russia would be relatively successful in absorbing Ukraine in a short period of time. Few predicted the severity of the impact the war would have on the global economy. Geopolitically, there has been a recalibration of alliances, and the long-term implications of this are uncertain. Between then and now, Ukraine has demonstrated tremendous resolve and defied huge odds through a combination of patriotism and foreign support.

On the ground, Ukraine’s 2023 offensive was long-awaited, and small gains were made, but essentially, the frontlines have remained stable for almost a year. With considerable losses on both sides, Russia maintains a slight advantage with its ability to constantly replenish its military through coercion or financial incentives. Ukraine has relied on staunch patriotism to defend and take back its territory while relying on Western financial and military support. As this war protracts, concerns are mounting over this support as well as the growing war-weariness of the Ukrainian people.

The war has posed major geopolitical, security, cybersecurity, and economic challenges to Europe, NATO, and the rest of the world. It has left an indelible mark on history, but what about the future? Where is it headed? What are the implications?

These are some of the questions we will tackle in our next NSSG Talks Webinar.

We are proud to have as guest speakers:

Ian Thornton-Trump CD is an ITIL certified IT professional with 25 years of experience in IT security and information technology. From 1989 to 1992, Ian served with the Canadian Forces (CF), Military Intelligence Branch; in 2002, he joined the CF Military Police Reserves and retired as a Public Affairs Officer in 2013. After a year with the RCMP as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Ian worked as a cyber security analyst/consultant for multi-national insurance, banking and regional healthcare verticals. Today, as Chief Information Security Officer for Cyjax Ltd. (UK) & Chief Technical Officer of Octopi Managed Services Inc. (Canada), Ian has deep experience with the threats facing small, medium and enterprise businesses. His research and experience have made him a sought-after cyber security consultant specialising in building security operations, working as a vCISO, and sharing his passion for building effective cyber threat intelligence programs for small, medium, and enterprise organisations. LinkedIn profile: Ian Thornton-Trump CD | LinkedIn

Dr Paul Thornbury is a Lecturer in Criminology at Bath Spa University. He obtained his PhD in the private military security industry at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Paul’s research focuses on the ‘crime/conflict nexus’; the use and organisation of coercive force by state (police and military) and non-state (private security/military, organised crime, insurgency) groups. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked in commercial security practice in Russia and Eurasia, in the NGO humanitarian de-mining field, as a consultant to the central government and as a military officer. Paul speaks Russian and Serbian, and his research has recently taken him to Ukraine and the Western Balkans. LinkedIn profile: Paul T. | LinkedIn

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