DACOR: Russia 2018: Re-emergent or Declining Power
Brigadier General Peter Zwack will give a geostrategic perspective of Russia and its periphery looking from now out to 2040. He will focus on what drives the Russians today and how its geography and history are an integral part of how it perceives the world through a prism of real, perceived and contrived existential threats. BG Zwack (Ret.) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research at the Institute for National Strategic Studies. From 2012 to 2014, BG Zwack served as the U.S. Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the Russian Federation. By interacting with Russians at multiple levels since 1989, including defense, security, academia, policy, veterans and private citizens, he developed a unique hands-on perspective on Russia and Eurasian security affairs during a turbulent period that included the recent strife in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. In the U.S. Army since 1980, BG Zwack served 34 years as a Military Intelligence and Eurasian Foreign Area officer serving in diverse and challenging duty and deployment locations including Afghanistan, Kosovo, Russia, South Korea and West Germany. He is the recipient of several Service medals, awards and citations. This event costs $25 and includes lunch.