Russia’s Threat to Ukraine: The West Responds | Ambassador John Kornblum

January 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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GLOBAL TOWN HALL

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Russia’s Threat to Ukraine: The West Responds

Ambassador John Kornblum

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs

January 17, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. CT

Moderator

Professor Thomas Schwartz
Distinguished Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed crosshairs on Ukraine, a country he sees as linked to Russia and the people of Ukraine as “one people” with Russians. To back up this fixation with repairing a “historic injustice” Moscow has amassed an invasion force of over 100,000 troops and supporting armor and aircraft near the border with Ukraine. President Biden, leading the West’s response, has threatened “massive consequences” to a Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

American and Russian diplomats are set to meet in Geneva on January 10th followed by discussions with NATO and then the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). However, the lines are drawn. Putin is demanding an end to NATO’s eastward expansion, to include Ukraine, and Biden and the West say there will be a very high economic price to pay as well as increased deployments on NATO’s eastern flank.

What is the context for this provocation and what are the U.S. and Allies prepared to do? TNWAC has asked Ambassador John Kornblum to join us from Berlin for a conversation about the crisis — how we got to where we are and what are the courses of action ahead for the U.S. and Europe. 

Ambassador Kornblum is a preeminent authority on America’s relationship with Europe, and Germany in particular. 

The conversation will be guided by Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. Thomas Schwartz, of Vanderbilt University.


Ambassador John C. Kornblum has a long record of service in the United States and Europe both as a diplomat and as a businessman. He is recognized as an eminent expert on U.S.-European political and economic relations, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001. Before that, he occupied a number of high-level diplomatic posts, including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European affairs, Special Envoy for the Dayton Peace Process, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Process), Deputy U.S. Ambassador to NATO, and U.S. minister and deputy commandant of forces in divided Berlin. From 2001 to 2009, he was chairman of Lazard Freres Germany. He currently serves as senior counsellor to the international law firm Noerr LLP and as a senior adviser to the worldwide consultancy Accenture. Mr. Kornblum has also served on a number of supervisory and advisory boards including those of Thyssen-Krupp, Technologies AG, Bayer AG, Russell Reynolds, and Motorola Europe. He is a member of the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, the American Academy in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and of numerous nonprofit organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. He received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1964, and he has been the recipient of many awards, including a Knights Cross of the Order of Merit from Germany and an Order of Merit from Austria.

Thomas Schwartz
Distinguished Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

Thomas Alan Schwartz is a historian of the foreign relations of the United States, with related interests in American politics, the history of international relations, Modern European history, and biography. His most recent book is Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography (Hill and Wang, 2020).  The book has received considerable notice and acclaim.  Harvard’s University’s Charles Maier has written: “Thomas Schwartz’s superbly researched political biography reveals the brilliance, self-serving ego, and vulnerability of America’s most remarkable diplomat in the twentieth century, even as it provides a history of U.S. engagement in global politics as it moved beyond bipolarity.”   Earlier in his career, Schwartz was the author of America’s Germany: John J. McCloy and the Federal Republic of Germany (Harvard, 1991), which was translated into German, Die Atlantik Brücke (Ullstein, 1992). This book received the Stuart Bernath Book Prize of the Society of American Foreign Relations, and the Harry S. Truman Book Award, given by the Truman Presidential Library. He is also the author of Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam (Harvard, 2003), which examined the Johnson Administration’s policy toward Europe and assessed the impact of the war in Vietnam on its other foreign policy objectives. He is the co-editor with Matthias Schulz of The Strained Alliance: U.S.-European Relations from Nixon to Carter, (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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Date:
January 17
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10:00 am - 11:00 am