Russia-Ukraine Dialogues: transatlantic responses

In the second Russia-Ukraine Dialogues webinar, Gorana Grgić, Jason Israel, Jamie Shea, Radosław Sikorski and Leon Hartwell discussed the existing and expected responses of Ukraine’s transatlantic partners to the war.

Speakers discussed the following issues:

  • State of play of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine; 
  • NATO’s reactions to the war;
  • Impact on Europe (EU, Balkans);
  • Poland’s responses to the refugee crisis.



This webinar was held on Tuesday 15 March 2022.

Meet the speakers and chair

Gorana Grgić is a jointly appointed Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Gorana was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for European Studies in 2018-2019, while in 2021 she was the Partners Across the Globe Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Gorana’s research interests include US politics and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, conflict resolution and democratisation. She has been a regular political analyst for the ABC News Australia and has contributed to a number of Australian and international media outlets and policy institutes.

Jason Israel is a Non-resident Fellow with the Transatlantic Leadership Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).  As a member of the U.S. Navy, he has served as an advisor within several organizations including the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Pentagon, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Cyber Command, multiple U.S. embassies, and as a Director at the White House National Security Council, for which he received the Defense Superior Service Medal. Currently based in Sydney, Jason is the Cyber Security Practice Lead for Partners in Performance Australia, a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney and the US Chamber of Commerce AmCham Academy, and a frequent media contributor offering analysis on leadership and global affairs including Sky News, ABC, The Interpreter, and Sydney Morning Herald.  He is a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard University.

Jamie Shea is Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Exeter and Visiting Professor in International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. After completing his DPhil. in Modern History at Oxford University in 1981, he joined the International Staff of NATO in Brussels where he has occupied a number of NATO positions. These include NATO Spokesman during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts; Director of Information and Press and Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General. More recently, he assumed the post of NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges.

Radosław (Radek) Sikorski is a Member of the European Parliament for his native Kuyavian-Pomeranian region. He is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE). He also chairs the Delegation for relations with the United States.

Leon Hartwell is the Sotirov Fellow at LSE IDEAS and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C.  His research interests include conflict resolution, genocide, transitional justice, diplomacy, democracy, and the Western Balkans. Previously, Hartwell was CEPA’s Acting Director of the Transatlantic Leadership Program and a Title VIII Fellow.  From 2012 to 2013, he was also the Senior Policy Advisor for Political and Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe, where his work included government and civil society engagement, political reporting, peace building projects, and supporting human rights defenders. In 2019, Hartwell completed a joint doctoral degree summa cum laude at Leipzig University (Germany) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His thesis analyzed the use of mediation in the resolution of armed conflicts.