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War in Ukraine: International Security

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program for a conversation with alumni of The Fletcher School and Harvard University. They will discuss the international security lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, such as reassessing the military strength of Russia, strengthening deterrence on NATO’s eastern flank, advancing EU defense and security, providing military assistance to Ukraine, and managing escalation risks. The event is open to the public. Please make sure to register via myFletcher to participate in the event on Zoom.




Dr. Ariel Cohen is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He is a recognized authority on international security and energy policy, and leading expert in Russia, Eurasia, and the Middle East. Dr. Cohen is also a senior fellow at the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) where he heads the Energy, Growth, and Security Program (EGS). Dr. Cohen is the Founding Principal of International Market Analysis Ltd, a boutique political risk advisory. He regularly appears on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, and all Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Dr. Robert G. Bell retired from the US Government in 2017 following a 45-year career that included 7 years in Brussels, Belgium, as the Senior Civilian Representative in Europe for four Secretaries of Defense, 3 years at NATO as the Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment, 7 years at the White House as President Clinton’s NSC Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control and the NSC Counselor, 18 years on Capitol Hill as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees and at the Congressional Research Service, and 6 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. From 2004-2010 he was employed by a Fortune 500 company, SAIC, as its Senior Vice President in charge of European business development. Dr. Bell has a BS in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1969) and a MA (1970) and PhD (2021) in International Security Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dr. Bell is now a Distinguished Professor of the Practice at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), and CEO of his own consulting firm, National Security Counsel, LLC.
Mike Pevzner is Senator Mark Warner’s (D-VA) senior advisor on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). He is also the Majority staff monitor for intelligence issues in Europe, Russia and Eurasia, Global Health Security, Climate Change, and the Arctic, as well as having budget responsibility for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He previously served on the Committee as the designee to Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE).

Prior to joining the SSCI in 2007, he was Senior Intelligence Analyst and acting Europe Branch Chief at the DIA’s Joint Intelligence Task Force – Combating Terrorism (JITF-CT), where he led a branch of intelligence analysts and supervised all aspects of the agency’s intelligence production on terrorism issues in Europe and Eurasia. At DIA, he was also the primary intelligence briefer for counterterrorism issues to the Director of Intelligence (J2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

Mike previously served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, with active-duty assignments at the Pentagon; Ft. Huachuca, Arizona; and Bad Aibling, Germany, where as Operations Officer for the Eagle Focus Detachment, he provided intelligence and force protection information to deployed US forces during Operations ALLIED FORCE (Kosovo) and JOINT FORGE (Bosnia).

From 1994-1998, he worked in Moscow, Russia, as a Program Officer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where he designed, implemented, and evaluated US-funded training programs for pro-reform political parties, members of parliament and civic groups in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Mike holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He is a fluent Russian speaker, is married to Mariya, and has two children, Alexandra (9) and Daniel (12). Over the course of his career, he has travelled to every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Prior to joining the SSCI he was Senior Analyst for counterterrorism issues at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he led a branch of 20 analysts to produce the agency’s assessments on the terrorist threat in Europe and Eurasia. His service at DIA also included assignment as a daily briefer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Director for Intelligence (JCS/J2).

Mike previously served as an officer in the US Army, with assignments in Germany and the Pentagon. Prior to this, he spent three years in Moscow as a Program Officer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), leading democracy development programs in Russia and other post-Soviet states.

Mike has a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and an AB from Dartmouth College. He speaks Russian fluently and gets by in French and German.
Richard H. Shultz Jr. is the Lee E. Dirks Professor of International Politics and the director of the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the author of several books, including The Marines Take Anbar: The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda and, with Andrea J. Dew, Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat.


June 2
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Fletcher Russia and Eurasia Program