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LMC 2023

A Play of Hopes and Fears: Military Lessons from Ukraine

The first full-scale war in Europe since World War Two has raised multiple questions regarding how NATO Allies and Russia’s neighbours should train and equip their armed forces for a major war.


John Allen

USMC General (Ret.), Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Omar Ashour

Professor of Security and Military Studies and the Founding Chair of the Critical Security Studies Programme at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Martin Herem

Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Michael Kofman

Director of the Russia Studies Program at the Center for Naval Analysis

Karel Řehka

Chief of Defence of the Czech Republic


Luke Coffey

Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

What lessons can be identified from Russia’s war in Ukraine, both from the perspective of major powers and small states? What changes are required in our own forces be ready for such contingencies? What changes are needed to the defence industrial base to ensure that our forces are adequately equipped for a major war?

“An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears.”

Edgar Allan Poe, The Conqueror Worm (1843)