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Russia, Ukraine, and Euro-Atlantic Security Conference

October 12, 2017 - October 13, 2017

| Free

October 12-13, 2017
57 Stodder Hall, University of Maine

Co-hosted by the School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) and the Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service, this conference will take place amidst an ongoing public debate about the Russia challenge and the evolution of what has been for nearly 70 years America’s most critical defense alliance (NATO). Its aim is to enhance an understanding of those challenges.

Our speakers include former diplomats and academics representing Russian, European, Ukrainian, and American perspectives. They will address Russia and Ukraine relations, European relations with Ukraine, Russian-European relations, U.S.-Russian relations, and Euro-Atlantic security. The conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion during which participants will respond to the assertions and conclusions made during other panel sessions.

This event is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.


* All conference panels will be held in the Stodder Hall Graduate Commons (Rm. 57)
Directions may be found here

Thursday, October 12

8:45 AM Russia and Ukraine Relations

Presenter: Constantine Pleshakov, former foreign policy analyst at the Institute of U.S. and Canada Studies in Moscow, author of The Crimean Nexus: Putin’s War and the Clash of Civilizations

Panelist: James W. Warhola, Professor of Political Science and Dr. John M. Nickerson Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine

10:30 AM – Ukraine and Europe Relations

Presenter: Eugeniusz Smolar, foreign policy analyst, Senior Policy Fellow and Member of the Board, and former President of the Centre for International Relations

Panelist: Kenneth M. Hillas, Jr., Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, UMaine; retired Senior Foreign Service Officer

12:00 PM – Lunch Break

1:00 PM – Russia and Europe Relations

Presenter: Bastian Hermisson, Executive Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s North America

Panelist: Ambassador (ret) Lawrence E. Butler, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia

2:45 PM – U.S.-Russia Relations

Presenter: Jeffrey Mankoff, deputy director and senior fellow with the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

Panelist: Seth Singleton, Adjunct Professor of International Relations, UMaine

Friday, October 13

9:00 AM – Euro-Atlantic Security

Presenter: Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Panelist: ADM Gregory G. Johnson, former commander U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Allied Forces, Southern Europe

10:40 AM – Roundtable Discussion with All Speakers

12:00 PM – Conference Adjourns


Stodder Hall Graduate Commons
5775 Stodder Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5775 United States
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