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Is America Teachable? Lessons Never Learned in our Dealings with “Russia”

Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Featuring: Victor Rud, Former Chairman of the Ukrainian American Bar Association
Location: IWP Main Campus

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Is America Teachable? Lessons Never Learned in our Dealings with “Russia”


Victor Rud
Former Chairman of the Ukrainian American Bar Association


Tuesday, February 20, 2024
5:00 – 6:00 PM EST


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036Commodore Barry Room – Marlatt MansionGetting to campus


US flag, Russia flag, and Ukraine flag clashing

About the Lecture

In 1991, Ukraine’s independence set the tombstone for the USSR, and the U.S. regained its global primacy. Where are we today? How is it possible that In 2004, a top American expert argued, “stop criticizing Putin and start helping him”? Or that In 2021, Ukraine was not even mentioned in the new administration’s Interim Global Security Guidelines? And what do our dealings with Moscow from the end of WWI through 1991 tell us?

About the Speaker

Mr. Victor Rud practiced law for forty years and served as special counsel to a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Madrid Review Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, he represented, in the West, Soviet dissidents persecuted by the KGB. Mr. Rud has spoken, domestically and internationally, before various audiences on issues bearing on U.S./Russian relations, including specifically Ukraine. Among them are the State Department, West Point, American University Kyiv, and the UN. His analysis and commentary have been carried by The Hill, Center for European Policy Analysis, The Messenger, Kyiv Post, and Forbes, among others.

Mr. Rud is past Chairman of the Ukrainian American Bar Association, and Senior Advisor to the Centre for Eastern European Democracy in Canada, and to Open Court, an NGO in Ukraine. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and law degree from Duke University.

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