Celeste Wallander

Dr. Celeste Wallander will be discussing geopolitical issues related to Russia, the future of military development, her experience as an advisor to President Obama among other topics.

Dr. Wallander is the President of the U.S.-Russian Foundation and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia (2009 to July 2012). She served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia/Eurasia on the National Security Council (2013-2017), professor at American University (2009-2013), visiting professor at Georgetown University (2006-2008), Director for Russia/Eurasia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2001-2006), Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (2000- 2001), and professor of Government at Harvard (1989-2000).

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council of the United States, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.