Ashland University Group Sponsors Public Lecture

Ashland University Group Sponsors Public Lecture

2/6/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Alexander Hamilton Society will sponsor a public lecture that will feature Dr. Jakub Grygiel from Johns Hopkins University speaking on “Russia's War in Ukraine: The American Response.” The event will be held Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms on the second floor of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public and food and drinks will be provided. A question-and-answer session will be held following the talk.

Grygiel is the George H. W. Bush associate professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He has previously worked as a consultant for the OECD (Paris) and the World Bank (Washington, DC), and has been an international security commentator for the Swiss newspaper, Giornale del Popolo (Lugano, Ticino).

His first book, “Great Powers and Geopolitical Change,” was published by Johns Hopkins University Press. His writings on international relations and security studies have appeared in The American Interest, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Commentary, Joint Forces Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly as well as U.S., Swiss, Polish and Italian newspapers. He is currently working on a book on the strategic challenges presented by stateless groups. He earned a Ph.D. in politics and an MPA from Princeton University, and a BSFS Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University.

Grygiel also serves as senior fellow at Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C., and the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. He is a former international affairs columnist for Giornale del Popolo in Switzerland and Il Mondo in Italy who has written on the end of communism, the revival of Russian nationalism and other topics related to the history, economics and politics of Central and Eastern Europe; former editor of the Journal of Public and International Affairs; and served as a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris and the World Bank.

AU’s Alexander Hamilton Society is a student group dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic and national security policy. The society affirms the following basic convictions:

·         A measured pride in the success of the American experiment;

·         America’s greatness is a result of its founding principles, including but not limited to rule of law, natural rights, and limited government;

·         A conviction in the importance of American leadership in the world;

·         An appreciation for the need for prudent exercise of American power;

·         A recognition of the strength of international partnerships built on the shared basic principles of democracy and the rule of law;

·         A firm belief in the importance of vigorous public discussion to the American political system.


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