More than two years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, states around the world have grappled with just how far they are willing to go to support Ukraine. Western democracies are confronted with difficult choices such as balancing threats of escalation with Russia, managing finite supplies of equipment and ammunition, and domestic opposition to foreign interventions, to name but a few. In the United States - by far the largest contributor to the Ukrainian war effort - the level of military aid and financial support for Ukraine has become a contentious partisan issue in its own right.

With the war entering its third summer, our interns will debate to what extent Ukraine is a proxy for democracies across the globe - and what that might mean for the first major land war in Europe since the end of the second world war.

Our interns will delve into the complexities of these topics on Tuesday 9 April. The affirmative case will be put by Isabella Crowe, Paris Fleury and Jie Rui Lin, and the negative by Jacob Barry, Adam Scislowski and Hattie Shand.

Jacob Barry is in his final semester of his International and Global Studies undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. He has recently returned from studying abroad in Madrid, where he attended Universidad Carlos III.

Isabella Crowe is an Honours year student at UNSW, completing a Bachelor of International Studies with minors in International Relations, Development and French.

Paris Fleury is in her final semester at the University of Sydney, where she is studying for a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations, French).

Jie Rui Lin is a third-year Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies student majoring in Business Analytics and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

Adam Scislowski is a fifth-year undergraduate studying International Studies and Media at the University of New South Wales. Furthermore, he has recently completed a year abroad at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA.

Harriet (Hattie) Shand is in her third year at the University of New South Wales, where she is studying a Bachelor of Law and Arts (Asian Studies, Politics and International Relations).

(For more information, go to the Internships page​)

Dr Robert Howard will moderate the debate. Bob Howard researches aspects of the history of international relations in the twentieth century, with special reference to developments in international security. He is currently focusing on international security issues in the post-Cold War era and the role, at this time, of the United Nations. Dr Howard is also interested in developments in the international economy since 1945 and the impact of these on domestic economies and politics.


We will have space for a limited number of participants in-person at the Glover Cottages, tickets to be pre-paid. Once the limit for in-person attendees is reached, tickets will no longer be sold on the website or at the door.

Refreshments will be served.

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Photo from left to right: Paris, Hattie, Adam, Jie, Isabella and Jacob


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