Insight on Russia-Ukraine Tensions with Ambassadors Ian Kelly and Steven Pifer


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In recent weeks, Russia has assembled tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, actions that led to a phone call on Dec. 7, 2021, between President Biden and Vladimir Putin about consequences should Russia plan any attack. On this episode of the Breaking Boundaries podcast, two former U.S. ambassadors weigh in on the current tensions and provide context and opinions on the current situation.


Steven Pifer, a William J. Perry Research Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Previously, he was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council.

Ian Kelly is the Ambassador in Residence at Northwestern University. Previously, he was U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, State Department spokesperson, and director of the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington,D.C.

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