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CIC Vancouver Island: Putin’s Shadow – The Causes and Consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian War

October 11, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Where: Fairwinds Golf Course: 3730 Fairwinds Dr, Nanoose Bay BC V9P9J6

When: Wednesday, 11 October from noon-1:30 pm

What: Putin’s Shadow – The Causes and Consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian War

Registration: This will be a lunch event.  Cost and final details TBA.  For advance registration details please email: cic.victoria.sec@gmail.com

Join CIC Vancouver Island in their inagural event…

Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine continues to be the biggest threat to peace and security in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Indeed, for over 18-months the world has witnessed horrific scenes created by Russia’s invasion, while Ukrainians, supported by their Western allies, have fought back heroically with everything they have. Meanwhile, millions of Ukranians have been forced to flee their country or have become internally displaced. Globally, the world’s number one (Russia) and number five (Ukraine) wheat exporters are also delivering less and less grain to the rest of the world, creating significant food shortages in many countries. All told, the Russo-Ukrainian War has become an unmitigated disaster for Ukraine and increasingly so for Russia, diminishing the latter’s standing to a point seemingly beyond recovery and to a point where events could easily spiral out-of-control, especially as Moscow runs out of options.

To discuss the Russo-Ukrainian War, Canada’s role, and how events could play out in the coming months we are delighted to welcome Dr. Chris Kilford.

Dr. Chris Kilford is a member of the national board of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and President of the CIC Victoria branch. He holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University with a focus on civil-military relations in the developing world and is a Fellow with the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, a sessional professor with the Canadian Forces College and an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University. Chris enjoyed a 36-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a senior army officer. From July 2009 until July 2010, he served in Canada’s Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Deputy Military Attaché and from July 2011 to July 2014 he was the Canadian Defence Attaché to Turkiye with cross accreditation to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkmenistan. Chris retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in September 2014 and since then his book chapters, articles and opinion pieces on Canadian and international defence and foreign policy issues have appeared in numerous Canadian and international publications.


October 11, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT