Last week, Russian forces invaded Ukraine and triggered the largest military conflict Europe has seen in eighty years. How did it happen, and what is likely to come next? On March 3, seven days after the invasion began, the Modern War Institute at West Point hosted a multidisciplinary panel to provide an operational assessment of the current state of the conflict and explore what the future holds.

What trends can we learn from the tactics Russian forces have employed? What can we learn about Russia’s strategic objectives and operational approach in the campaign? What tools, equipment, and other resources have been most important for defending forces? What role have drones, antitank weapons, and other systems played? What have been the effects of the broad-based international response in support of Ukraine? Participants engage with these questions and more during a fascinating and insightful discussion.

The virtual panel features three guests. Dr. Rob Person is an associate professor of international relations in the United States Military Academy’s Department of Social Sciences. Retired Colonel Liam Collins, PhD, helped reform Ukraine’s defense establishment from 2016 to 2018. And Mr. Michael Kofman is the research program director in the Russia Studies Program at the Center for Naval Analyses.

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The views expressed are those of the speakers and do not reflect the official position of the United States Military Academy, Department of the Army, or Department of Defense.

Image credit: Yan Boechat, VOA