Rapid Response Roundtable with Ambassador Douglas E. Lute: Update on the War in Ukraine
April 28th, 2022 12:00PM -1:00PM
Join the World Affairs Council for a rapid response roundtable discussion on April 28 at 12:00pm PDT for a conversation with Ambassador Douglas Lute, former United States Ambassador to NATO (2013-2017). Ambassador Lute will assess the course of the war and what to expect as Russia changes tactics and objectives.
There is no charge for members of the World Affairs Council to attend this virtual Rapid Response Roundtable. Non-members can join this program for $10. Not a member? Click here to join today.
About the Speaker
Douglas E. Lute
Chair, International and Defense, BGR Group
CEO, Cambridge Global Advisors, LLC
McDermott Distinguished Chair of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point
Ambassador Douglas Lute is the former United States Ambassador to NATO. Appointed by President Obama, he assumed the Brussels-based post in 2013 and served until 2017. During this period, he was instrumental in designing and implementing the 28-nation Alliance responses to the most severe security challenges in Europe since the end of the Cold War.
A career Army officer, in 2010 Lute retired from active duty as a lieutenant general after 35 years of service. In 2007 President Bush named him as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor to coordinate the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009 he was the senior White House official retained by President Obama and his focus on the National Security Council staff shifted to South Asia. Across these two Administrations, he served a total of six years in the White House.
Before being assigned to the White House, General Lute served as Director of Operations (J3) on the Joint Staff, overseeing U.S. military operations worldwide. From 2004 to 2006, he was Director of Operations for the United States Central Command, with responsibility for U.S. military operations in 25 countries across the Middle East, eastern Africa and Central Asia, in which over 200,000 U.S. troops operated.
Through his military-diplomatic career, he received numerous honors and awards, including three awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Grand Officer of the Order of Merit for the Italian Republic, and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit for the Federal Republic of Germany.
General Lute holds degrees from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and United States Military Academy at West Point, which named him a Distinguished Graduate in 2018. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a charter member of the Senior Military Advisory Group of the United States Institute of Peace; a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy; and a member of the board of the Atlantic Council of the United States.