On this episode of The World Affairs Report, our host, Anna Harrison, is joined by retired Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack to discuss the status of relations between the United States and Russia. Through explaining his own personal experiences as the former United States Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the Russian Federation, BG Zwack touches on the development of heightened tensions with Russia, brought on by issues in both Ukraine and Crimea, downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and Russian support of the Assad regime in Syria. Most importantly, BG Zwack highlights what he feels are the most important methods of improving U.S.-Russian relations, one of which is continuing an open line of dialogue between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to foster a better understanding between the two very different nations.
About Our Guest
From 2012 – 2014, Brigadier General Peter B. 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. He is currently the Senior Russia-Eurasia Research Fellow within the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University in Washington DC
Brigadier General Zwack’s website can be found at https://peterbzwack.net/.