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McCloskey Speaker Series | Lessons from the Edge: A Conversation with Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

This event is at capacity. If space allows, tickets will be released at the door.

Featuring Marie Yovanovitch, former US Ambassador to Ukraine, in conversation with Natalie Jaresko, former Minister of Finance of Ukraine. Ambassador Yovanovitch will discuss her new book, Lessons from the Edge: A Memoir, provide expert analysis on the latest developments on the war in Ukraine, and explain why it is in US national security interests to support Ukraine.
Live event, Paepcke Auditorium

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You can purchase her book Lessons from the Edge: A Memoir here. Books will also be available for purchase at the event. Book signing to follow.

“Subtle and engaging … Yovanovitch emerges from this narrative as a model of what America should want in its diplomats: courageous, steadfast, removed from politics to the point of naivete.” — David Ignatius, The Washington Post

“Lessons From the Edge is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats. More than just a vivid exposition of the events leading up to Donald Trump’s first impeachment, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch has written a timely and authoritative account of U.S. policy towards the former Soviet Union. This book is essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring diplomats, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” — Madeleine K. Albright, former US Secretary of State

“A front row seat to the disinformation campaign that ultimately saw [Yovanovitch] removed from her last overseas post… [Lessons From the Edge] also provides insight into the post-Soviet Union politics of Russia and Ukraine… And it pays homage to Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and the work they do, and a career that still remains a mystery to many Americans.” —

Marie Yovanovitch is the author of a best-selling memoir, Lessons from the Edge, and a non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During her thirty-three-year diplomatic career, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Ukraine. She also worked in Russia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Somalia, and in multiple assignments in Washington, including as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she coordinated policy on European and global security issues.

Natalie A. Jaresko is Managing Director in EY-Parthenon’s Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy practice focused on the Government and Public Sector. At EY, she will lead EY-Parthenon’s sovereign restructuring efforts and large-scale public-sector turnarounds. Natalie served as Minister of Finance of Ukraine (2014-16) at one of the most difficult times in Ukraine’s history, rocked by a deep recession, Russia’s initial occupation and war. Natalie served five years (2017-2022) as the Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. She serves as Chairperson of Aspen Institute Kyiv and Commissioner of the CSIS Ukraine Economic Construction Commission, as well as supporting several other philanthropic organizations. She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPP) and DePaul University (BSC).

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Event information
Wed Jul 12, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N. Third St.
Aspen, CO