Retired U.S. Ambassador George Krol will discuss the historical origins, politics, conduct, and possible conclusions of Russia’s war on Ukraine. Why did Russia invade? Could it have been avoided? What was, is, and will be the role of the United States in this conflict? How is the war changing Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and other neighboring countries? What is the Chinese, Turkish, Iranian, and other countries’ roles and attitudes toward the conflict?
Ambassador George Krol spent 36 years in the U.S. Foreign Service during which he served, inter alia, in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and India and as ambassador to Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan as well as director of Russian affairs and deputy assistant secretary of state at the Department of State. Krol now lives in Middletown, R.I. and teaches as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval War College and is an associate of Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Affairs.