Security Conference - Introduction

2024 KU Security Conference: The Russo-Ukrainian War and Global Human Security


Russia’s war against Ukraine is more than a conflict between two states; the war threatens human security across the globe. Russia’s invasion has caused the largest refugee migration in Europe since World War II, disrupted global food supplies, damaged ecosystems, and reshaped alliances in the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere. On the internet, the war has been accompanied by disinformation campaigns that undermine democratic institutions and influence political decision-making. This two-day conference, organized by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE), Graduate Military Programs, and the Dole Institute of Politics, will consider how the world can respond to the many challenges posed by the war. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from academia, the intelligence community, and the military. On April 10, General Philip M. Breedlove, Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, will open the conference with a public keynote address. On April 11, conference panels will address the war’s environmental impact, the informational battles accompanying the armed conflict, and the future of Russia and Ukraine in the international system.


US Command and General Staff College, Fort LeavenworthIRC: International Relations Council
KU Graduate Military ProgramsCenter for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Center for East Asian Studies