September 13, 2023

War Without End in Ukraine?

Event Series: Free Speech at the Crossroads: International Dialogues

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A year and a half after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the war rages on. Recent counter-offensives by Ukraine were overshadowed by a plane crash in Russia that killed Yevgeny Prigozhin, who mobilized his private combat force to rebel against the Russian military and advance toward Moscow just two months ago. Meanwhile, international sanctions against the Kremlin seem to have little effect. As the struggle continues, what does the future hold? Do we really know what is happening? Might there be a diplomatic path to a negotiated settlement? Or will the war be over only when Vladimir Putin says it is?

This event was co-sponsored by the Free Speech Project (Georgetown University) and the Future of the Humanities Project (Georgetown University and Blackfriars Hall and Campion Hall, Oxford).


Anna Blackman is a lecturer in Catholic religious education at the University of Glasgow. She has taught widely in the areas of Catholic social thought, Christian ethics, Christian apologetics, and political theology. Prior to her time at Glasgow, she lectured at the universities of Roehampton, Durham, Newcastle, Tubingen, and the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame.

David Jones was selected as the Conservative Party’s candidate for Clwyd West at the 2005 general election. Upon his election, he joined the Welsh Affairs Select Committee. Re-elected to the U.K. Parliament in 2010, he was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for Wales. At the 2019 general election, Jones was re-elected again as the MP for Clwyd West.

Michael Kimmage chairs the Kennan Institute Advisory Council at the Wilson Center and is a professor of history and department chair at the Catholic University of America. He is also a fellow at the German Marshall Fund. From 2014 to 2017, he served on the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. His latest book is The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy (2020).

Ian Linden is on the advisory board of Las Casas Institute at Oxford and a visiting professor at St. Mary’s University, London, He was formerly CEO of the Catholic Institute for International Relations and a member of the Christian-Muslim Forum in the United Kingdom, and he has been awarded for his work on human rights. Linden has lived and worked in Africa. As an historian he has focused on religion and conflict; his current research is on the psychology of the extremist mind.

Michael Scott (moderator) is senior dean, fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, college adviser for postgraduate students, and a member of the Las Casas Institute. He also serves as senior adviser to the president of Georgetown University. Scott previously was the pro-vice-chancellor at De Montfort University and founding vice-chancellor of Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Sanford J. Ungar (moderator), president emeritus of Goucher College, is director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, which documents challenges to free expression in American education, government, and civil society. Director of the Voice of America under President Bill Clinton, he was also dean of the American University School of Communication and is a former co-host of "All Things Considered" on NPR.