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British-Ukrainian Aid's Annual Lecture: An Update on Ukraine by Glen Grant

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The value and challenges for the UK defence support for Ukraine in the light of the latest developments.

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Ukraine is battered by stresses from all sides: war with Russia, the loss of Crimea and much of the Black and Azov Seas, Coronavirus, the world financial crisis and a new Zelenski Government. Glen will try to put the current Ukraine environment into context. On Russia, he will explain about the war, the President’s initiatives for Donbas and how Russia is influencing internal politics. He will also touch upon the reforming both laws and the law system, with examples from his work with defence committees, and future social and financial uncertainties. Finally Glen will outline the value and challenges for the UK defence support for Ukraine and what might be the future of this.

GLEN GRANT works as the security and defence expert in the Ukrainian Institute for the Future. His work here is multi-level supporting both the Presidents Administration and the Parliamentary Defence Committee whilst also providing leadership and moral support for NGOs and defence volunteers. He recently drafted a national security strategy. He is also a Senior Fellow in the UK Institute for Statecraft. Glen has his home in Riga and regularly lectures at Riga Technical University, Riga Business School on the Bachelor of Business Administration course in Strategy, HRM, Entrepreneurship and Crisis Management.

Glen is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Joint Staff Defence College at the Royal Naval College Greenwich. He also graduated from the Army Commanding Officers course and the Navy and Air Force operations courses. His key work in the last twenty years has been delivering reform and change for defence and security organisations in Europe. He has worked in the Defence Ministries and military staffs of UK, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Kosovo, Albania, Slovenia, Serbia and Chile.

During his 37-year military career Glen commanded the UK Military Prison in Colchester and an Artillery battery of 8 tracked guns in then, West Germany. He served as a troop commander in Northern Ireland during periods of intense fighting with the Irish Republican Army. He worked on the artillery staff in 1st British Corps Headquarters and was Artillery Chief of Staff in the Army Headquarters. He also worked on the operational and policy staffs in the UK Joint Headquarters, the Joint deployable headquarters, the UK Ministry of Defence, NATO Combined Air Operations Centre 5 in Italy and on operations and intelligence on the staffs of four Brigade headquarters. Glen attended many intelligence and security courses and for a secondary task was the leading artillery intelligence officer in UK for 5 years. All his staff work involved him supporting many UK operations including the Falklands war, Northern Ireland, both Gulf wars, Bosnia and Kosovo. He has played on more national and NATO exercises over 30 years than he can remember.

Glen ended his career as UK Defence Attaché to Finland and Estonia followed by Latvia and a return to Estonia at their request. During this period, he was an adviser to President Meri in Estonia on issues of joining NATO and a mentor to two Chiefs of Defence. After leaving the Army he returned to Estonia as an adviser to the Defence Minister Jyrgen Ligi. In 2010 he became an adviser in Latvia in the Justice Ministry on Prisons and Probation.

In 2016 Glen was Project Manager in MOD Ukraine running a 16 month UK funded project “Reform of Defence Housing” and in 2018 published a ground breaking paper in Kyiv Post on reform of the Ukraine military.

Glen has been academically published twice along with colleague Vlad Milenski with papers on “Defence Models” and “Identifying the Challenges to Defence Reform in Central and Eastern Europe”. Also most recently published for Jamestown Foundation USA on “Interoperability Challenges in the Baltic States for Meeting Hybrid Warfare and Ground Force Threats” with many other papers published on operational military and fitness related subjects.

Glen had a second career as an international athlete running in three World cross country championships and a Commonwealth Games setting a Welsh national record at 1500m. He has also coached international athletes in running, modern pentathlon, triathlon, cross country skiing, biathlon and orienteering.

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