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A Conversation on the Ukraine War


The war in Ukraine is entering its third year since Russia's February 24, 2022, full scale invasion. To commemorate this event, on Friday, February 23, the Circle of Scholars will host a special conversation on the conflict with distinguished COS instructors U.S. Navy Captain Tom Fedyszyn, U.S. Army General Peter Zwack and U.S. Ambassador George Krol. All have had extensive service in the region and will discuss the war as well as prospects for its ending.     

Instructor Biography

 Tom Fedyszyn, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of national security affairs at the U. S. Naval War College following 18 years on its teaching faculty. A retired Navy captain, he commanded a cruiser and a destroyer. His shore assignments included being the U.S. Naval attaché in Russia as well as the Russia branch chief for the international military staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He published widely on the Russian Navy and foreign affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Ambassador George Krol retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2018, concluding a 36-year career during which he held assignments in Poland, India, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. In Washington he served as deputy assistant secretary in the state department's bureau of South and Central Asian affairs. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval War College and is an associate of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities.

Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack (ret.) served 34 years in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence and Eurasian Foreign Area officer. His tours of duty include Germany, South Korea, Kosovo, Russia and Afghanistan. His honors include numerous medals and distinctions, including the Bronze Star. He served as the U.S. Defense attachè to the Russian Federation and was a Wilson Center Global Fellow. Multilingual, Peter consults and lectures within the U.S. Defense Department, private industry and academic institutions. 

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