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In the face of Russia’s escalation of the military crisis in Ukraine and the risk of expanded conflict in Europe, a panel of leading experts and former US diplomats examined the current state of play, the domestic and international law issues involved, and the larger geopolitical and historical context. Cohosted by the NYU Law Forum, the Reiss Center on Law and Security, and Just Security, the discussion addressed key questions about the resilience of European security and NATO, the stakes for the major parties involved, and the tools available to the United States and its allies to address the risks.


Thursday, February 24
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Virtual Event


Dan Baer, Acting Director, Europe Program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Former: U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Tess Bridgeman, Senior Fellow & Visiting Scholar, Reiss Center on Law and Security; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Just Security. Former: Deputy Legal Advisor, National Security Council, Special Assistant to President Obama, Associate Counsel to the President

Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow, the Atlantic Council. Former: Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, and U.S. Ambassador to Poland, U.S. Department of State

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven C. Házy Lecturer, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. Former: Deputy Secretary General of NATO; Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State

Moderated by:

Viola Gienger, Washington Senior Editor, Just Security; Research Scholar, NYU School of Law. Former: Senior Editor/Writer, U.S. Institute of Peace; Pentagon and State Department Reporter, Bloomberg News.

Background materials from panelists and Just Security:

Daniel Baer. “Why the Chess Metaphor for Putin Is Wrong.” Foreign Policy. February 5, 2022. https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/02/05/putin-chess-metaphor-russia-ukraine/

Daniel Baer. “Biden may be outplaying Putin in one critical way.” The Washington Post. February 9, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2022/02/09/biden-putin-hybrid-warfare/

Tess Bridgeman. “Trump’s War Powers Legacy and Questions for Biden.” Just Security. February 23, 2021. https://www.justsecurity.org/74903/trumps-war-powers-legacy-and-questions-for-biden/

Chris Dolan. “NATO Must Boost Hybrid Warfare Defenses.” Just Security. February 15, 2022. https://www.justsecurity.org/80176/nato-must-boost-hybrid-warfare-defenses/

Daniel Fried. “As Putin Aims to Re-Divide Europe, Lessons from the Past Can Guide a Response.” Just Security. January 7, 2022. https://www.justsecurity.org/79771/as-putin-aims-to-re-divide-europe-lessons-from-the-past-can-guide-a-response/

Daniel Fried. “In 11th-Hour Diplomacy, US and Europe Try to Stop Putin From Escalating War on Ukraine.” Just Security. February 13, 2022. https://www.justsecurity.org/80198/in-11th-hour-diplomacy-us-and-europe-try-to-stop-putin-from-escalating-war-on-ukraine/

Daniel Fried and Kurt Volker. “The Putin Speech That Should Have Been a Wakeup Call.” POLITICO Magazine. February 18, 2022. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/02/18/putin-speech-wake-up-call-post-cold-war-order-liberal-2007-00009918

Daniel Fried and Alina Polyakova. “Putin’s Long Game in Ukraine: How the West Can Still Protect Kyiv.” Foreign Affairs. February 23, 2022. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/ukraine/2022-02-23/putins-long-game-ukraine

CISAC Stanford panel with Rose Gottemoeller and Jim Goldgeier. “Moscow’s Proposed Security Agreements: A Genuine Opening for Bargaining?” January 21, 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGAdmXVX5pw

Thomas Graham Jr. “As Putin Lines Ukraine Border with Russian Troops, Is There a China Factor?” Just Security. January 24, 2022. https://www.justsecurity.org/79952/as-putin-lines-ukraine-border-with-russian-troops-is-there-a-china-factor/

Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller. “Russia’s ‘Occupation by Proxy’ of Eastern Ukraine – Implications Under the Geneva Conventions.” Just Security. February 22, 2022. https://www.justsecurity.org/80314/russias-occupation-by-proxy-of-eastern-ukraine-implications-under-the-geneva-conventions/

Steven Keil. “Putin’s Coercion on NATO Goes Beyond Its Open Door Policy.” Just Security. January 28, 2022. https://www.justsecurity.org/80009/putins-coercion-on-nato-goes-beyond-its-open-door-policy/

“War Powers Resolution Reporting Project,” Reiss Center on Law and Security, https://warpowers.lawandsecurity.org.


Note on accessibility: This virtual event requires an internet connection and a computer or smartphone. The event will have live captioning. Questions: ian.anderson@nyu.edu

This event is cohosted by the Reiss Center on Law and Security and Just Security