Program and Schedule Change

Angela Stent
Speaker for Tuesday February 27 and Wednesday February 28, cancelled.

Our speaker will be:
Robert Barylski

Outsmarting and Containing Putin: The Ukraine Trap

Putin lost the peace which ended the first phase in Ukraineís war of independence. No major country, not even China, formally recognized his gains. The U.S. invested heavily in building Ukraineís ability to defend itself. Putin knew time was not on his side and attacked massively in February 2022. Dr. Robert Barylski will explain where we are now and what comes next.
[Originally scheduled for March 28-29]

On March 28 and 29, our speaker will be:
Jill Dougherty

Putinís Russia: The Man, The People, The War

The conflict raging in Ukraine is Vladimir Putin's war. He started it; only he can end it. Power, in Putin's Russia, is personal and his long standing obsession with Ukraine is having drastic consequences not only in that country, but in Russia itself. Jill Dougherty will discuss whether Putin has a plan for Russia, what the Russian people think about the war and Putin's leadership, and what kind of Russia will emerge when the guns fall silent.


Jill Dougherty is an expert on Russia. She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute Advisory Council.

She has pursued research on Russia and the media as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; at the Wilson Center; and at the International Centre for Defence and Security in Tallinn, Estonia.

Jill Dougherty served as CNN correspondent for three decades. Her area of expertise is Russia and the post-Soviet region. She served as CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief for almost a decade. Other postings include: White House correspondent; Foreign Affairs Correspondent covering U.S. State Department; U.S. Affairs Editor; and Managing Editor CNN International, Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong.

She is a CNN on-air Contributor, commenting on Russia-related issues. Her articles, book reviews and commentary have appeared in;;;; and other publications. She hosts a blog on Russia issues sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute: KennanX

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council.