Thirteenth International Sakharov Conference

How to Win a Lasting Peace ? 

Ukraine and the World After the Guns Fall Silent  

Town Hall, Vilnius || May 18-19, 2023


Although it is clear the war in Ukraine is going to last, and is far from the “Blitzkrieg” that Russian leader Vladimir Putin envisaged, it is also certain that sooner or later the war will end and the world will need to deal with a situation that Europe hasn’t seen since World War Two. The country that was invaded in 2014 and then again in 2022 has been ravaged, with a destroyed infrastructure, faltering economy, the largest refugee crisis in Europe since WW2, tens of thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of people who have been traumatized by the consequences of war.

On May 18-19, 2023, a series of events will be organized in Vilnius with a special focus on Ukraine after the war. On May 18 a public conference will focus on the complex issues that Ukraine will face after the guns fell silent and the reconstruction of the country commences. One the second day, May 19, we will organize the auction of painting by Petras Vaitiekunas and Ukrainian ceramics at the gallery of the Town Hall, with the proceeds going to projects in support of Ukraine. The day will end with a charity concert for Ukraine by the Odessite pianist Aleksey Botvinov and the Lithuanian ensemble NIKO.





Brian Bonner 

Brian Bonner is an American who permanently resides in Ukraine. He is a senior editor at Geopolitical Intelligence Services, which provides analysis and forecasting on world affairs from a global network of experts. He served 14 years as the chief editor of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine's English-language newspaper...

Janet Gunn

Janet Gunn is a former Research Analyst in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1970-2006), specialising on the Soviet Union and its successor states and Central and South-eastern Europe. She served in the British Embassies in Bucharest (1975-6), Moscow (1984-5)...

Marnie Howlett

Dr. Marnie Howlett is a Departmental Lecturer in Russian and East European Politics at the University of Oxford, where she teaches in both the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA)... 

Jeppe Kofod 

Jeppe Kofod was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark on 27 June 2019. He ended his term on 15 December 2022. He now serves as Member of the Danish Parliament, besides working as an executive strategy advisor...

Volodymyr Paniotto 

 Volodymyr Paniotto (born 1947) is the General director of  Kiev  International  Institute   of  Sociology (KIIS),  professor  of  the  National University  of "Kiev-Mohyla Academy"...      

Robert Serry

Robert Serry (born 1950 in Calcutta) is a former Netherlands ambassador with extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and international crisis management having served with the United Nations and NATO...

Fleur de Weerd

Fleur de Weerd (1985) is a historian and journalist at Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant. In 2011-2015 she worked as a freelance correspondent in Ukraine for several Dutch and Belgian media... 

James Sherr OBE

James Sherr OBE is a Senior Fellow of the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn and an Associate Fellow (and former Head) of the Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme... 

Dainius Zalimas

Dainius Zalimas was born on 22 May 1973 in Vilnius. In 1996, he graduated from the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University. Since 1996 he has been a lecturer at Vilnius University, in 2002–2005 he was a lecturer at...

Eduard Klein

Since 2018 editor of Ukraine-Analysen and research fellow at the Research Center for East European Studies at the University of Bremen...

Adrien Nonjon

Adrien Nonjon is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the Centre de Recherche Europe-Eurasie (CREE) of the Paris National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations. Former student of Paris 8 French Institute of Geopolitics and Sorbonne University, he holds a MA in Geopolitics and Political Sciences...

Kataryna Wolczuk 

Kataryna Wolczuk is Professor of Politics at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), the University of Birmingham, UK, Professorial Fellow, College of Europe and Associate...

Łukasz Adamski

Lukasz Adamski 

Lukasz Adamski is PhD in history, political scientist, specialising in the history of Eastern Europe, especially in the history of Polish-Ukrainian and Polish-Russian relations, as well as the foreign and domestic...

Hrytsak Svoboa

Yaroslav Hrytsak 

Yaroslav Hrytsak is  Ukrainian historian and  public intellectual. He is  professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv, Ukraine) where he is...

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Olga Aivazovska 

Olga Aivazovska is Head of the Board of the Civil Network OPORA NGO, an international expert in electoral matters and developing draft laws... 

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Oleksandra Matviichuk 

Oleksandra Matviichuk is a human rights defender who works on issues in Ukraine and the OSCE region. At present she heads the human rights organization Center for... 

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Andrii Dligach

Head of Advanter Group, Doctor of Economics, strategist, futurologist and visionary; founder of the Board business community, co-founder... 


Irina Pinchuk

Director of the Institute of Psychiatry of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine... 

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Kyrilo Kryvolap

Over 15 years of experience in public administration and the private sector. Under his leadership, the Ukrainian NGO... 


Valerii Pekar 

Born and lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. Entrepreneurs since 1992. Lecturer at Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Ukrainian Catholic University... 


Janet H. Anderson 

Janet H. Anderson is one of JusticeInfo’s correspondents in The Hague. As a freelance journalist she's been covering international justice - Rwanda...


Emine Dzheppar 

Emine Dzheppar is the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine. In 2006, Emine Dzhappar graduated with honour from Institute of International Relations...

Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash 

Timothy Garton Ash is the author of eleven books of political writing or ‘history of the present.’ He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford...


Rebecca Harms 

Rebecca Harms (born 7 December 1956) is a German politician who served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from... 


Marius Janukonis

Marius Janukonis is the director of the Communication and Cultural Diplomacy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania..


Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili 

Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili is a clinical psychologist who has been working in trauma research, training and treatment since 1995...


Anna Carin Krokstäde 

Anna Carin Krokstäde is the Deputy Head of the Ukraine Division in the European Union External Action Service. 


Sarunas Liekis

Sarunas Liekis is a Dean and Professor of School of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University... 


Myroslav Frankovych Marynovych

Myroslav Frankovych Marynovych (born 4 January 1949) is a vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv..


James Nixey

James Nixey is the Director of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He leads the Russia-Eurasia programme...


Tetiana Pechonchyk 

Tetiana Pechonchyk Is the Head of the Board of the Human Rights Centre ZMINA, an organization which is engaged in informational...

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Emilija Pundziute-Gallois

Emilija Pundziute-Gallois obtained her PhD in political science and international relations at Sciences Po in Paris...


Petras Vaitiekunas

Petras Vaitiekunas (born 26 March 1953) is a Lithuanian diplomat, activist and artist...

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Robert van Voren 

Robert van Voren (1959) is Chief Executive of Human Rights in Mental Health - Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP) and...




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