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Night Owl Session under Chatham House Rule

Those Who Give Up Freedom for Peace Deserve Neither

May 16, 22:00-23:30

According to Cicero, wars are to be waged in order to render it possible to live in peace without injury. Neither Russia nor Ukraine have shown interest in peace talks. Ukraine does not have a choice – it is fighting to defend its independence and its people. Nevertheless, there are those who call for peace, seemingly for the sake of peace. Ukraine is sceptical of those calls, arguing that this would be a pause, not peace. The big question is who has the right to call for peace? If one party is bent on destroying the other how can peace be achieved?


Christopher S Chivvis

Director and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

Ivo Daalder

CEO of Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Yuli Yoel Edelstein

Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset 

Marko Mihkelson

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at Riigikogu


Carl Bildt

Co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations