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Lessons from the Ukraine war and African governments’ role in resolving the conflict

This seminar discusses two aspects of the conflict – the international peace and security system and nuclear safety.

Since 2022, the war in Ukraine has reverberated globally, with its impacts extending to Africa. The African Leaders Peace Mission in June 2023 highlighted the continent's interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

At this seminar, South African and Ukrainian experts will discuss two aspects of the challenges in the ongoing war: the international peace and security system and nuclear safety. Speakers will focus on lessons from the war, and how Africa can contribute to its peaceful resolution.

This seminar is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF), Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation (DLTLF) and the Ukrainian Association of South Africa (UAZA).

Moderator: Denys Reva, Researcher, ISS


  • Professor Cheryl Hendricks, Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa
  • Dr Maksym Yakovlyev, Head, Department of International Relations and Director of School for Policy Analysis, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Priyal Singh, Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies
  • Olena Lapenko, DiXi Group, Ukraine
  • Isabel Bosman, Researcher, South African Institute of International Affairs
Development partners
The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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