Europe and Russia

Expert Analysis on Russia and Ukraine

July 20, 2022  • Aspen Community Programs

In collaboration with the Aspen Security Forum

Featuring Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and former Trump White House NSC Russia official Fiona Hill, Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service Mikk Marran, and Rep. Ruben Gallego, chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and member of the House Armed Services Committee. This conversation will explore the US and its allies’ response to Russia’s assault on Ukraine, what more can be done to strengthen Ukraine’s position in its fight against Russia, and whether President Putin’s power might be threatened from within the Kremlin. This session will be moderated by New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser. Following that, Anti-Corruption Foundation Executive Director Vladimir Ashurkov will then offer his perspective on the Russian invasion in a fireside chat. To close out the evening, Deputy Attorney General of the United States Lisa Monaco and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo will team up to discuss unprecedented US sanctions and export controls on Russia. Yachts may steal the headlines, but our panel will also discuss how limiting Russia’s access to critical technology and sanctioning Russia’s defense-industrial base is a crucial part of the sanctions strategy.

Lisa O. Monaco is the 39th Deputy Attorney General of the United States.  As the Deputy Attorney General, she is the Department’s second-ranking official and is responsible for the overall supervision of the Department.  The Deputy Attorney General serves as the Chief Operating Officer, and the Department’s litigating and policy components, law enforcement agencies, and 93 U.S. Attorneys report to the Deputy.  The Deputy Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing the Department’s policies and programs. A 16-year veteran of the Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Monaco served as a career federal prosecutor and in several leadership positions across the Department.  She began her Justice Department career as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno and went on to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the District of Columbia, where she was a member of the Enron Task Force and received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department’s highest award.  She thereafter served in several leadership roles:  Chief of Staff at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to then Director Robert S. Mueller, III; Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General; and Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the first woman to hold that position.  From 2013-2017, Deputy Attorney General Monaco was the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the President.  In that role, she coordinated the Executive Branch’s policy and response to a wide range of security issues – including the response to international and domestic terrorist incidents, cyber threats, and natural disasters – and advised the President on all aspects of counterterrorism policy and strategy. Deputy Attorney General Monaco has served in private practice and taught national security law.  She was born and raised in Massachusetts and is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School.