Update on Ukraine, With Richard Haass: How Will It End?

How does a war end? In this special episode, Why It Matters speaks with CFR President Richard Haass on the conflict in Ukraine. We ask if and how this war can come to a close and discuss what compromises might have to be made.

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Episode Guests
  • Richard Haass
    President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations

Show Notes

As the war in Ukraine enters its eighth month, Why It Matters explores whether an end is in sight. What does ending a war look like? Host Gabrielle Sierra checks in with CFR President Richard Haass on the latest developments and all the shades of gray involved in reaching a diplomatic resolution.


This conversation took place on Monday, October 10 and was only lightly edited.



From CFR


David J. Scheffer, “The Case for Creating a Special Tribunal to Prosecute the Crime of Aggression Committed Against Ukraine,” Just Security


Elliott Abrams, “Amnesty International’s Attack on Ukraine,” Pressure Points


Jonathan Masters, “Ukraine: Conflict at the Crossroads of Europe and Russia” 


Matthias Matthijs, “Ukraine Could Become an EU Member. What Would That Mean?” 


From Our Guest


Richard Haass, “Ukraine’s Coming Winter of Decision,” Project Syndicate



Read More


Chris Cameron and Helene Cooper, “U.S. Shores Up Ukraine Support as Energy Crisis in Europe Looms,” New York Times


Keith Gessen, “How the War in Ukraine Might End,” New Yorker



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