Fiona Hill, a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution.

Fiona Hill, a former U.S. National Security Council official whose testimony during the first impeachment hearings of then-President Donald Trump captivated television audiences, will join dissident Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats for a discussion on the war in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin’s larger aims in launching it on Wed., Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. EST at New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (19 University Place, Second Floor [at E. 8th Street]).

This event—“Putin’s War: Why? For What? And What is His Endgame?”—will be both on Zoom and in-person. To receive a webinar link, visit the registration page; RSVP for in-person attendance on the event page.

The event is the latest in a new series hosted by Yevgenia Albats, a Jordan Center Distinguished Journalist in Residence. In this series, Albats is joined by leading experts— journalists, researchers, and foreign service officers, among others—in one-on-one, public conversations regarding the most pressing issues in our understanding of Russia today and America’s role on the global stage.

Fiona Hill, a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. She is author of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century (Mariner Books, 2021) and co-author of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). From 1991 to 1999, Hill held a number of positions directing research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government—as associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations.

Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author of The State Within the State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia—Past, Present and Future (FSG, 1995), and radio host. She has been political editor and then editor-in-chief and CEO of the New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007. On February 28, 2022, Vladimir Putin blocked its website, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine. Albats continues to run the newtimes.ru, and she kept reporting from Russia until she had to leave the country at the end of August 2022—after she was fined for her coverage of the war with Ukraine and pronounced a foreign agent. Since 2004, Albats has hosted “Absolute Albats,” a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. The radio station was taken off the air a week after the war in Ukraine started. Albats moved her talk show to her YouTube channel; it now has more than 100,000 subscribers. Albats is the author of the four independently researched books, including one on the history of the KGB.

Previous events in the series may be viewed on the Jordan Center’s YouTube Channel.

In-person attendees should be prepared to show a government-issued ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster.

For more about the Jordan Center, please visit its website.

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