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31 October 2022 at 18:00 – 19:00 GMT
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Russia’s renewed aggression has not gone to plan for those in the Kremlin. Ukraine’s resistance has been inspiring, and assistance from free and open countries decisive. However, assisting Ukraine should now focus on ensuring the sovereign nation is able to defeat Russia, as opposed to being able to defend itself against its expansionism. The United Kingdom and its allies and partners must continue the levels of support given to Ukraine, and look for ways to expand and better target it so that Ukraine wins.
The Council on Geostrategy invites you to attend a panel discussion ‘Why we should help Ukraine win’ and how this can be achieved. By kind invitation of Lord Risby – Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Algeria and Lebanon join The Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP, Chair of the Defence Select Committee, House of Commons, Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Ben Hodges – Commander, United States Army Europe (2014-2017), Emma Lewell-Buck MP – Member of the Defence Select Committee House of Commons, and James Rogers – Co-founder and Director of Research, Council on Geostrategy.
The Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP
- Chair of the Defence Select Committee, House of Commons
The Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood is Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East. He currently serves as Chair of the Defence Select Committee in the House of Commons. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from July 2016 to 2017, and served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel at the Ministry of Defence from 2017 to 2019. He is an active Army Reservist.
Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Ben Hodges
- Commander, United States Army Europe (2014-2017)
Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Ben Hodges holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Centre for European Policy Analysis, which he joined in 2018. Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Hodges has served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactics Instructor; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps; Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff; Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army; and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command (İzmir, Turkey). His last military assignment was as Commanding General, United States Army Europe (Wiesbaden, Germany) from 2014 to 2017.
Emma Lewell-Buck MP
- Member of the Defence Select Committee, House of Commons
Emma Lewell-Buck is the Member of Parliament for South Shields and has represented the constituency since 2013. She studied Politics and Media studies at Northumbria University before acquiring a Masters from Durham University. Before entering parliament she worked as a social worker and served as a local councillor in Tyneside. She has served as Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government (2016) and also as Shadow Minister for Children and Families (2016-2019). Since 2020 Emma has been a member of the Defence Select Committee.
- Co-founder and Director of Research, Council on Geostrategy
James Rogers is Co-founder and Director of Research at the Council on Geostrategy, where he specialises in geopolitics and British strategic policy. Previously, he held positions at the Henry Jackson Society, the Baltic Defence College, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. He has been invited to give oral evidence at the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and International Development committees in the Houses of Parliament. He holds an MPhil in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Cambridge and an award-winning BSc Econ (Hons) in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
- Co-founder and Director of Strategy, Council on Geostrategy
Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė is Co-founder and Director of Strategy at the Council on Geostrategy where she is responsible for the organisation’s strategy and growth. Her areas of expertise include Eastern European politics and security and Euro-Atlantic geopolitics. Her previous experience included research and external affairs roles at the Henry Jackson Society. In 2021 Viktorija took part in the British Council’s 2021 Future Leaders Connect programme as an expert policy mentor. She has appeared multiple times in the national and international media and on broadcast television and is a regular attendee and speaker at the UK and international conferences on foreign policy and security issues. She holds an MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College, London, and a BA in Political Science from Vilnius University.