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International Studies keynote address April 15

Posted 04/09/15

Gen. ZwackThe challenges and opportunities in modern Russia will be the focus of Fitchburg State University’s 2015 International Studies Keynote Address in April. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack (retired), formerly the U.S. defense attaché in the U.S. embassy in Moscow from 2012 to 2014, will deliver the address at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 at the John Randall Lecture Hall in the university’s science center, 333 North St. Admission is free with public parking in the Weston lots on North Street.

Gen. Zwack served in the U.S. Army for 34 years in command and staff tours across several continents, including warzones, in Russia, Afghanistan, South Korea, Serbia and Germany. He served as the senior U.S. defense official in Moscow from 2012 to 2014, and completed tours of duty in intelligence command positions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, Serbia. He has served and advised military commanders at the 4-star level, ambassadors, and cabinet-level government leaders.

The talk will be introduced by Fitchburg State faculty member Joshua Spero, associate professor of international politics and coordinator of the International Studies Minor.

“We have a very important opportunity to host a very prominent member of our country’s military and diplomatic corps, Gen. Zwack, who served recently as the senior U.S. defense official and Defense Attaché in Moscow during an especially challenging time historically between the U.S. and Russia, and Russia and Europe,” Spero said. “Our International and Conflict Studies Keynote Address by Gen. Zwack is a great open and free lecture for our community to experience.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics, History and Political Science, the Office of Academic Affairs, the International Studies Minor Program, the Center for Conflict Studies, the Career Services Office, the Office of International Education and the Political Science Club.

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