We regret to inform you that this event has been postponed. Thank you for your interest in Atlantic Council’s events.

Course description

This one-day course on Understanding the War in Ukraine will cover the conflict from multiple angles, including its strategic implications and the military situation on the ground. Students will walk away from the course with a greater understanding of Russia’s objectives, the current military balance, the US and NATO response, the implications for the global economy and business, including energy markets and sanctions, and the future of the global order after the war.

Students will hear from world-class experts and former senior officials, including:

  • Ambassador Douglas Lute, Former US Ambassador to NATO and Board Director, Atlantic Council
  • Gen James E. Cartwright, Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Board Director, Atlantic Council
  • Ambassador John Herbst, Senior Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council and Former US Ambassador to Ukraine
  • Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President and Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
  • Robert English, Associate Professor of International Relations, Slavic Languages and Literature and Environmental Studies, University of Southern California
  • Melinda Haring, Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
  • Ambassador Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council and Former US Ambassador to Poland
  • And more…

Course format

The course will consist of a dynamic, interactive set of lectures by leading experts and engaging discussion on the war in Ukraine. Refreshments will be served throughout the day, and a catered lunch will be provided. The day will conclude with a networking reception.


The Atlantic Council and USC are seeking an engaged group of mid- or senior-level professionals from different sectors who are interested in exploring the implications of the war in Ukraine.


The course will be held at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters:
1030 15th St., NW
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Date and time

Check-in will open and coffee will be available starting at 8:30 am ET on Monday, June 13th. The event will conclude around 5:30 pm ET.


The cost of attendance is $1,250.

COVID-19 protocol

Attendees will be required to present proof of vaccination and booster.

Scowcroft Strategy School

This course is being offered as part of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Scowcroft Strategy School. Established after General Brent Scowcroft’s passing in 2020, the Scowcroft Strategy School honors his legacy as a soldier, scholar, and statesman, and the only person to serve as national security advisor to two presidents. The Scowcroft Strategy School educates students on strategy, foresight, and pressing national security issues.


For more information, please contact Jeffrey Cimmino, associate director of the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative, at JCimmino@AtlanticCouncil.org.