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Tue, Mar 29



The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond

A Fireside Chat with Paul Kolbe

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The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond
The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond

Time & Location

Mar 29, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


About the event

Please join the Harvard Kennedy School DC Alumni Council for a Discussion on The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond with Paul Kolbe, Director of the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center. This chat will be moderated by Charles Carithers, President, HKS DC Alumni Council.

Paul served for 25 years in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations in a variety of foreign and domestic roles, including as Chief of Station, Chief/Central Eurasia Division, and Balkans Group Chief. His overseas assignments included operational and leadership roles in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, and Central Europe. He was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service and is a recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

Following his CIA career, Kolbe was Director for Intelligence and Analysis at BP, where he built an enterprise-wide intelligence capability focused on geo-political threats, strategic cyber threats, and support to commercial operations. Clients included C-suite leadership, global business units, security networks, and legal teams. Kolbe is a Senior Advisor to the Martin + Crumpton Group and Spycraft Entertainment. He is also a member of the Cipher Brief network of experts and is an alumnus of Michigan State University’s James Madison college, where he studied International Relations.

This virtual discussion is under the Chatham House Rule. It will provide a wonderful opportunity to hear from an accomplished panel that is well suited for a candid discussion on the myriad of threats and foreign policy challenges facing our nation.


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