RMA Featured Speaker for Nov 2, Thomas Graham: “Putin’s Gambit: Why He Chose the War and How It Will End”

The Nov 2 Retired Men’s Association featured speaker on Wednesday, November 2 will be Thomas Graham, Ph.D. in Political Science, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute, Yale University, Managing Director of Kissinger Associates; “Putin’s Gambit: Why He Chose the War and How It Will End.

Graham will speak at 11:00am sharp at at First Presbyterian Church, 37 Lafayette Place.

The presentation will be in person and you are invited to attend. You can also view the presentation on ZOOM: https://bit.ly/30IBj21

Upset about the War in Ukraine? Interested in the history leading up to Russia’s invasion of the country and the motivation for the invasion? Concerned more currently about 1) Russian President Putin’s order for “partial mobilization” to replenish Russian military forces resulting in the departure of tens of thousands of conscription eligible citizens from Russia; 2) Putin’s annexation of several regions in eastern Ukraine; 3) his threat to use nuclear weapons and 4) his apparent disdain for repeated calls at the United Nations to deescalate? Worried for the people of Ukraine who are suffering greatly in the face of Russia’s unprovoked attack?

Then, come hear Thomas Graham a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations discuss these and other issues relevant to the War in Ukraine.

Mr. Graham is a cofounder of the Russian, East European and Eurasian studies program at Yale University and sits on its faculty steering committee. He is also a research fellow at the MacMillan Center at Yale. He has been a lecturer in global affairs and political science since 2011, teaching courses on U.S.-Russian relations and Russian foreign policy, as well cybersecurity and counterterrorism.Mr. Graham was special assistant and senior director for Russia on the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2007 during which time he managed a U.S.-Russia strategic dialogue. He was director of Russian affairs on the staff from 2002 to 2004.

Mr. Graham served as an advisor to Kissinger Associates from 2008 to 2021. He was a foreign service officer for fourteen years and his assignments included two tours of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in the late Soviet period and the mid-1990’s. He holds a BA in Russian studies from Yale University and an MA inhistory and a PhD in political science from Harvard University.

All attendees must show proof of complete vaccination at the door for admittance