Thanks to the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, we are pleased to invite you to another timely Kennan Conversation, hosted by the Des Moines Committee on Tuesday, April 20th at 10:00 Pacific Time. Please RSVP to the event below. 

Topic: Russia and NATO: Past, Present, and Future


In March 2014 Russia formally annexed the Republic of Crimea and incorporated it as a subject state, an act of aggression that ended official civilian and military cooperation between Russia and NATO. Hostility from the Russians has increased again in recent weeks in the Donbass region of Ukraine, as Russia has massed troops along the disputed border. Ukraine’s president has stated that he views Ukrainian membership in NATO as the only way to ameliorate the crisis in the region, a development strongly opposed by Russian authorities. Is Russia seeking to once again flout international norms and add to its territory and influence? What are the historical roots of this conflict and of NATO's involvement? What does the current situation look like on the ground, and what are the prospects for peace in the region?

To answer these questions and many more, we will be joined by two experts from the Kennan Institute. 

William H. Hill is a retired foreign service officer who served two terms as Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, where he was charged with negotiation of a political settlement to the Transdniestrian conflict and facilitation of the withdrawal of Russian forces, arms, and ammunition from Moldova. Dr. Hill is an expert on Russia and east-west relations, having authored several books on the subject, and will provide us with the historical context that surrounds the current conflict. 


Colonel Jason P. Gresh is a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) fellow with the Kennan Institute.  He was previously a military fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has been serving as a FAO specializing in Eastern Europe and Eurasia for most of his Army career. Colonel Gresh holds a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is currently in Moscow serving as an attache to the US embassy. 
This event is made possible by the Kennan Conversation series from the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, which serves as a forum for the Institute's experts on Russia to engage with local audiences who are fascinated by what they read in the news, but often do not have the opportunity to hear directly from leading experts. 

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Topic: GDMCFR April Webinar with William H. Hill and Jason P. Gresh

Time: Apr 20, 2021 10:00 PM Pacific

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