Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Squantum Association

    “The Tragedy of Ukraine”

    As the war in Ukraine enters its fifth year, the country remains mired in debt, corruption, and strife. The country seems to be caught up, again, in a vicious cycle that has been repeating itself for decades, if not centuries. Classical Greek tragedy allows us to take a deeper look the reasons behind Ukraine’s persistent failure to achieve social stability and to suggest remedies. The tragic cycle can be broken through compromise in which individual, social and divine aspirations for justice are eventually reconciled. As long as Ukrainian leaders persist in seeking justice without compromise, the nation’s self-destructive cycle is likely to persist.

    A long-time resident of Odessa, Ukraine, and Kingston, RI, Nicolai Petro currently holds the Silvia-Chandley Professorship of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island. His books includeUkraine in Crisis (Routledge, 2017), Crafting Democracy (Cornell, 2004), The Rebirth of Russian Democracy (Harvard, 1995), andRussian Foreign Policy (Longman, 1997).

    A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is the recipient of Fulbright awards to Russia and to Ukraine, as well as fellowships from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. As a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow, he served as special assistant for policy toward the Soviet Union in the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1990. In addition to his scholarly publications, he has written for Asia Times, American Interest, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian (UK), the New York Times, and the Wilson Quarterly. His writings have appeared frequently on the websites of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, The National Interest, and The Nation.

Past Events

Thursday, January 17, 2019 U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era
Thursday, December 13, 2018 The Hidden Famines - Combating Global Malnutrition
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 The Decline of U.S. Global Dominance
Thursday, November 01, 2018 Election Flash Discussions at Red Stripe
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Digital World War
Friday, October 05, 2018 Uzbekistan Visitors Member Lunch and Learn
Thursday, September 20, 2018 “Fact-Checking in an Era of Fake News: Perspectives from a Professional Fact-checker"
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 "Foreign Policy in Transition" With Christopher Curran
Thursday, June 14, 2018 The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Poetry Reading Salon with Dr. Jarita Davis
Thursday, May 17, 2018 In Search of An African Foreign Policy
Thursday, April 19, 2018 "How Global Conspiracies Are Born" with Author Phil Shenon
Thursday, March 15, 2018 2018 Middle East Forum
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Privacy and our Democracy
Thursday, December 07, 2017 WaterFire Across the Globe with Barnaby Evans
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Europe: America's Problem or America's Partner Constanze Stelzenmueller, The Brookings Institution
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Special film Salon: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Robotic Warfare
Thursday, September 28, 2017 An Evening with Peter Kornbluh: Cuba, Trump, and Secret Negotiations
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Special Salon: Is ISIS On the Way Out?
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Peace Through Entrepreneurship
Thursday, May 11, 2017 War By Other Means: Geo-Economics and Statecraft in US/China Relations
Thursday, April 20, 2017 American Wars in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Should Americans Try to Shape the World?
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Global Efforts to Cool a Warming Earth
Thursday, January 12, 2017 North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions and US Policy
Thursday, December 08, 2016 The Pope and Mussolini: An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author David Kertzer
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Forum on Nigerian Security and Stability
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Foreign Policy Forum on Issues Facing a Trump or Clinton Administration
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Human Trafficking
Saturday, September 10, 2016 New Year Member Reception
Thursday, June 02, 2016 FISA Courts and Their Role in Ensuring National Security
Thursday, May 05, 2016 Women, Peace and Security
Thursday, April 07, 2016 "Seeking Refuge, Immigration: The Political and Personal"
Thursday, March 03, 2016 The Future of US - Cuba Relations: One Perspective
Thursday, February 18, 2016 "A Forum on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora in Rhode Island"
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Global Energy in the 21st Century
Thursday, December 03, 2015 The World After Paris, Beirut, and Bamako: The Rise of ISIS and the Situation in Iraq and Syria
Thursday, November 12, 2015 The Middle East in 10 Years
Thursday, October 08, 2015 Future of World Energy - Producers and Alternatives
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 Pell Center Event -State Department Director Policy Planning David McKean
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Fall "Welcome Back" Member/Guest Reception!
Thursday, September 10, 2015 U.S. and Russia: Competitors, Collaborators, or Enemies?
Thursday, June 04, 2015 Special Dinner Event "Building a Nation of Makers"
Thursday, May 07, 2015 Australia's Place In An Unstable World

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