Russia in 2017: Perspectives & Challenges
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Russia in 2017: Perspectives & Challenges

Join us on Wednesday, June 28, for an evening program exploring the challenges faced by and posed by Russia in 2017 from the perspective of the United States' former senior defense official and attaché to the Russian Federation, Brigadier General Peter Zwack (U.S. Army, retired). Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. This program is presented by the IRC in conjunction with Kansas State University Military Affairs and our friends at Lathrop Gage.

When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Lathrop Gage
2345 Grand Blvd.
22nd Floor
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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About the Speaker

From 2012-14, Brigadier General (ret.) Peter Zwack served as the United States' 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, BG Zwack 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.

BG Zwack enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1980 and received his commission via Officer Candidate School (OCS).  He subsequently 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. During his career he commanded at multiple echelons, including the 66th MI Group, and was the intelligence chief (G2) for US Army Europe from 2006-2008, and the senior Army intelligence officer (SIO) in Afghanistan from 2008-9.

Inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame in 2015, BG Zwack is a recipient of the Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, and many other awards and citations including the Afghan Service Medal and NATO/Kosovo Medal.  He was also honored as the Joint Chiefs of Staff Action Officer of the Year in 1999. He proudly wore the Ranger Tab and Airborne Wings.

Recently retired, he is the Senior Russia Eurasia Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies within National Defense University. As such he regularly consults and lectures within the defense department, interagency, think tanks, academic institutions and private industry on contemporary Russian and Eurasian security issues, and leadership lessons learned.

BG Zwack speaks Russian, German, Italian, and some French.

Event Tickets & Sponsor Packages

Tickets are available for $15 for IRC members and $25 for non-members.
Sponsor packages are available for $250 and include five tickets and promotion in event materials.

Event Schedule

5:30 p.m.     Registration opens; networking hour with refreshments
6:30 p.m.     Remarks by BG Peter Zwack
7:15 p.m.       Audience Q&A
8:00 p.m.    Program ends

Program Sponsors


Parking Information

You are welcome to park in the garage below the building, which is accessed from Grand Boulevard. Park in any visitor or unreserved spot (it is possible you will need to travel down to the third or fourth level), and take the garage elevator up to the lobby. In the 2345 Grand building lobby, transfer elevators to travel to the 22nd floor. Parking will be validated at registration.