For rising 9th-12th grade students: On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special military operation amassed a staggering concentration of force on the doorstep of Kiev. With superior numbers and armament, the Russian military machine, as with much of the world, anticipated a blitz offensive that would topple the Ukrainian government, install a puppet regime, and bring Ukraine once again under the yoke of Russian rule. Instead, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has halted Russian advances and turned Ukraine into a defiant icon of resistance in the face of tyrannical power.
This 4-day seminar will explore the current state of Russo-Ukrainian affairs by examining the failures of Russian planning, force stability issues, and a catastrophically toxic and archaic military culture.
Students will also understand the architecture of Ukrainian success through a study of advanced technology (think: HIMARS, Bayraktar TB2 and Reaper drones, and Javelin missiles), strategic and tactical use of feints (deception and distraction), billions of dollars in Western aid, and the ‘no-compromise’ stance of Ukrainian leadership. Adding to the complexity, Putin’s nuclear threats have now made the stakes higher than ever as the whole of Europe, if not the world, will be impacted should he follow through.
For students who are looking to wrestle with topics in 21st-century warfare and their ominous consequences, this is a can’t miss course.
Instructor: Abby Abbott
August 7-10 [Mon-Thurs], 2023
10:00am-11:30am (Rising 9th-12th graders)
Space is limited.
Please contact Hunter Martin with questions regarding the workshop.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 30 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.