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Ambassador John Tefft, “Russia and the Biden Administration”

Diplomatic and Security Challenges and the Near Abroad

UNC-Chapel Hill will host Ambassador John Tefft for the expert talk, “Russia and the Biden Administration,” at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.  Ambassador Tefft, former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine, will focus on Russia’s near abroad policy and the implications of Russia’s increased military and diplomatic power on the international stage.

Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, senior fellow at Harvard University and member of the board of directors at the American Academy of Diplomacy, and Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill, will provide introductory remarks.

After his expert talk, Ambassador Tefft will be joined by Bob Jenkins, teaching associate professor within the Department of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Christiane Lemke, professor of political science and director of International Relations and European Studies in the Institute of Political Science at Leibniz University Hannover and visiting scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for European Studies, for a panel discussion on how the new Biden Administration should engage with Russia on key issues including NATO, Ukraine, Syria, sanctions and internal Russian dissent and opposition.

The lecture is part of a partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD), which includes collaboration on the production of The General and the Ambassador, a well-recognized podcast series hosted and produced by Ambassador Deborah McCarthy that focuses on how senior U.S. military leaders partner with senior U.S. ambassadors on national security challenges overseas.

Advance registration for this event is required.

This event is organized by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs; the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies; and the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

For speaker bios visit the UNC Global website.

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