Our 52nd Year

Program Change

Ukraine-Russia Conflict: an American's Eyewitness Account

From the day Putin’s missiles rained down on Ukraine, Peterson interviewed soldiers at the front, people in the shelters, survivors in the war’s wreckage, and experienced his own family’s daily struggles. This is a rare opportunity to feel, see, and understand this battle for freedom.


Kyiv-based foreign correspondent Mr. Nolan Peterson has been reporting on the war in the Ukraine for eight years. He was the first U.S. journalist to be embedded with the Ukrainian army. A former U.S. Air Force Special Operations pilot, Mr. Peterson is a combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Mr. Peterson is a Sarasota native, a graduate of Pine View. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2004. He holds master degrees from Northwestern University and Middlebury College as well as an advanced degree from the Sorbonne in Paris.

As an international correspondent he has covered conflicts around the world. Apart from his work in the Ukraine, Peterson has been embedded with U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and with the Kurdish Peshmerga in the battle for Mosul in Iraq. He deployed aboard the USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Syria to report on the coalition air war against Isis.

Mr. Peterson lives in Kyiv with his wife Lilya.

This special event replaces Robert Barylski's
Wednesday lecture "Latin America: Is the “Red Threat” Back?"