Russia and Its War Against Ukraine by The Hon. Steven Pifer – Luncheon Lecture April 29, 2022


The Honorable Steven Pifer

US Ambassador to Ukraine, 1998 – 2000;
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies,
Stanford University


Russia and Its War Against Ukraine


Russia’s relations with the West and with its neighbor Ukraine have grown increasingly difficult over the past decade. What does the Kremlin want in general, and what drove it to launch a major invasion of Ukraine in February 2022? Our speaker Steven Pifer will explore these questions and what the future may hold for Russia and Ukraine.

Steven Pifer is a William J. Perry Fellow at the at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also an affiliate of Stanford’s Europe Center and a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

A career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Pifer’s more than 25 years with the US Department of State included assignments as US Ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997). He also served at the US embassies in Warsaw, Moscow, and London, as well as in Geneva with the US delegation to the negotiation on intermediate range nuclear forces.

Ambassador Pifer is the author of The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times (Brookings Institution Press, 2017). He is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in economics.

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  • Friday, April 29, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Salad of Salinas Valley Greens with Berries, Feta, and Walnuts
  • Grilled Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary Salmon on Orzo Pilaf
  • Green Beans
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Double Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Colorful Bell Peppers Stuffed with Grains and Vegetables and Served on a Pool of Corn Pudding

Luncheon Cost

  • $36 for members
  • $42 for guests


Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey.  Room capacity is limited. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full. Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate auditors at this event.

Reservations are due by April 25 for this April 29 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

This event is filled to capacity.
Registration is no longer available.


Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey
1000 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93923

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