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A Community Conversation on Ukraine with Eddie Fishman

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 5:30–6:30 pm


Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has rattled the international order, destabilized the European continent, and sowed untold human suffering and devastation. To push back against Russia's actions, the United States and its allies have imposed unprecedented economic sanctions, freezing hundreds of billions of assets. In this talk, Eddie Fishman, who served as the Russia Sanctions Lead in the State Department when Russia last attacked Ukraine in 2014, will discuss the war, international efforts to pressure Putin to back down, and the prospects for peace.

This program will be presented on Zoom only. Zoom information will be sent out around lunchtime on Wednesday, April 20th.

Edward Fishman is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he focuses on the intersection of business, economics, and national security. His research interests include sanctions and the evolving ways states use economic and financial power to advance their foreign policy interests. He is concurrently a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, where he specializes in Europe and Russia, and an Adjunct Professor of International and Public of Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches a graduate-level seminar on economic statecraft and strategy. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Fishman served at the U.S. Department of State as a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff. In that role, Mr. Fishman advised Secretary of State John Kerry on Europe and Eurasia and led the staff’s work on economic sanctions, long-range strategic planning, and international order and norms.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Fishman was an editor at Foreign Affairs. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Boston Review, and other outlets, and he appears regularly as an expert commentator on television and radio programs, including on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC. A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mr. Fishman holds a B.A. in History from Yale University, an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.