October 30 Friday

Service and Rule of Law with Lt. Col. (ret.) Alexander Vindman

  • Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00PM - 1:30PM
  • Online
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Please join NSG for a conversation with Alexander Vindman, Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army (Retired) on Service and Rule of Law. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/NxZi3ibGn8nw8gDi8.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman’s long history of military service came into the spotlight late last year, when he testified during President Trump’s impeachment proceedings. At the time, LTC Vindman was the Director for Eastern European, Caucasus, and Russian Affairs at the National Security Council. After facing retaliation and intimidation, LTC Vindman subsequently retired from the U.S. Army, noting: “Coming forward ended my career. I still believe doing what’s right matters.”

LTC Vindman began his military career in 1998, when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq, where he assumed a commanding position. He later received a Purple Heart medal for wounds he incurred in Iraq. Starting in 2008, LTC Vindman began specializing in the Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian regions, including serving as an Army Foreign Area officer and completing a master’s degree at Harvard. From 2012 to 2015, he served as the Assistant Army Attaché in Moscow, and then as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s politico-military advisor for Russia. LTC Vindman was assigned to the National Security Council in 2018 to develop and coordinate U.S. policy for Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus, a role he served in until early 2020. Before his retirement, LTC Vindman was selected for Army War College and promotion to Colonel. He is currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies and a non-resident fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House.

Professor Harold Hongju Koh will moderate the conversation, followed by a Q&A session.

Please note that the event is off the record and open only to the Yale community.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Law National Security Group