Prisms of Conflict in a Fragmenting World


A Conversation with Dr. Vladimir Zherebov and Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael

Tuesday 30th of April, 4 – 6.30pm

The Press Club, Froissartstraat 95, 1000 Brussels

This event is the first in a three-part series examining the war in Ukraine and its implications not only for Ukraine, Europe, NATO and its allies, but for the world. The consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are multifaceted with significant disruption to the rules-based order in place since the end of the Cold War. This war, now in its third year, has been costly. Effects extend beyond the shores of Europe. Among the suite of retaliatory actions levied by the West against Russia are those related to sanction regimes now in their twelfth instalment. Their reach and scope are unprecedented. One consequence is clear – effects are being felt and borne by societies and communities around the world – including those who are the most vulnerable, and poor. In some ways this war has also been the tipping point in forging a new consensus among countries of the Global South concentrated around their interests. They are now heavily invested in a number of Non-Western platforms and engaged in actions and alliances in a bid to secure their interests in a fragmenting world.

This first conversation will focus on the effects of the war on the Russian State, its leadership and economy, and the stability of CIS countries. Russia’s deepening links with China, North Korea, Africa and the Global South; the freezing of Russian state and private assets, the soft power of Russian culture and language, the failure of diplomacy and reflections on how this all ends, will be discussed. The second instalment (June 6th) will explore how this period of crises is affecting Europe’s geopolitical and geo-economic position relative to the USA, China, Russia, Middle Powers and the Global South – and its influence and power as a global actor. The third session (July 9th) will examine the implications of this period of Great Power Rivalry on globalization and trade and what this means for countries of the Global South for whom trade is an important tool of development.

We hope that you will join us!


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