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On April 16, 2024, the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures hosted its inaugural speaker, Karen Donfried, in its Leaders in Foreign Service Speaker Series in a talk titled, Transatlantic Relations in a Time of War: Taking Stock of Russia’s War against Ukraine.

Watch the recording here.

Moderator: Mai’a Cross, Director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures; Dean’s Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Diplomacy

Guest Speaker: Dr. Karen Donfried

Short Biography: Dr. Karen Donfried is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2021-2023, a tenure marked by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. She also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council in 2013 and 2014, when Russia illegally annexed Crimea, and as National Intelligence Officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2011-2013. Between these assignments in the Obama and Biden Administrations, she was president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, headquartered in DC with seven offices across Europe.

Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University