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For the past three months, the national and global media have been filled with news regarding the war in Ukraine, its immediate consequences and future implications viewed from the perspective of different nations, regions, communities, sectors, ideologies and stakeholder groups. This issue of Cadmus contains a series of papers by Fellows of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS) and invited guests reflecting on the significance of the Russian invasion and consequences of the war in Ukraine from the perspective of global society as a whole. The articles it contains seek for insights and lessons for those deeply concerned with the future of the human community.

This issue is dedicated to a broader and deeper examination of the root causes and circumstances that led to the invasion of Ukraine, its immediate and longer term implications for the countries of this region, refugees of the war, other vulnerable populations and the global community of nations. It examines a wide range of political, economic, social and ecological issues and their likely consequences for global affairs. It also explores the deeper forces and factors which will need to be addressed in order to prevent the expansion and repetition of similar events in future.

As a transnational organization, the mission of WAAS is to address the global challenges confronting humanity from a non-partisan perspective. The specific issues and examples examined are selected because they are representative of global problems.

The views expressed in the peer-reviewed articles in this special issue of Cadmus on the War in Ukraine represent the personal views of their authors, rather than the official position of the World Academy, which is reproduced in this issue in the statement “A Time for Solidarity”.

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We hope you enjoy this issue.