April 14, 2022

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The Women's Foreign Policy Group and the NYU John Brademas Center co-hosted a conversation with Author Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and journalist Linda Douglass, who served as moderator to discuss Ambassador Yovanovitch's recent book, Lessons from the Edge

In Lessons from the Edge, Yovanovitch offers a riveting inside account of the events leading up to the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump. But her memoir is also a deeply personal story of struggle, patriotic idealism, and a life dedicated to advancing the interests of the American people. She powerfully argues for welcoming integrity back into our politics and diplomacy, and for ensuring that the State Department remains nonpartisan. And in a forward-thinking epilogue, Yovanovitch reflects on the impact of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the lasting damage of President Trump’s assault on facts, truth, and the press. As dictators around the globe bet on continued divisions in the U.S., Yovanovitch warns of the urgency of “getting our house in order” to renew our democracy and engage with the world to advance our interests. 

Registration was required in order to receive the Zoom log-in details for this webinar, and this program was recorded. 

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Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch (Ret)

Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch (Ret)

Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch (Ret) is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University. Previously, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2016-2019), the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008). She also served as the Dean of the School of Language Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State and as the Deputy Commandant and International Advisor at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University.

Linda Douglass

Linda Douglass

Linda Douglass (moderator) is a veteran political journalist who was the Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent for ABC News from 1997 to 2006, winning various awards, including the 2000 National Press Foundation's Everett Dirksen Award for Excellence in Covering Congress. Prior to joining ABC News, Douglass was a Washington D.C.-based correspondent covering government and politics for CBS News.  She began as a reporter in Los Angeles and covered six presidential campaigns over her long career.

About the Book

Lessons From the Edge is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” —Madeleine K. Albright

An inspiring and urgent memoir by the ambassador who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power.

By the time she became US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates—men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir.

A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.