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“How Does Russia See the World?” feat. General Peter B. Zwack

Dec 13, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the World Affairs Council for our final foreign policy luncheon of the year, featuring Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack, USA (Ret.) – “How Does Russia See The World?” the John T. Ryan Jr. Memorial Lecture upon the occasion of the Council’s 87th annual meeting. As the US Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the Russian Federation from 2012-14, General Zwack was in Moscow when the Russians invaded Crimea and the US/Russia relationship collapsed. He is currently the Senior Russia-Eurasia Research Fellow within the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University in Washington DC. He will offer world observations and personal notes on his work across the globe.

Thursday, December 13, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Duquesne Club, Walnut Room
325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

About Brigadier General Peter Zwack

From 2012 – 2014, Brigadier General Peter Zwack (ret.) 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. Inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame in 2015, BG Zwack is a recipient of the 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 Chief’s of Staff “Action Officer of the Year” for 1999. He proudly wears the Ranger Tab and Airborne Wings.

Just retired, he regularly consults and lectures within the defense department, private industry, think tanks, and academic institutions on contemporary Russian and Eurasian security issues, and leadership lessons learned.

BG Zwack speaks Russian, German, Italian, and some French. His website can be found at


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