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Distinguished Speaker Series David J. Kramer

Sunday June 25 at 1:30pm

Come and hear David Kramer, a riveting speaker, and expert on US-Russia-Ukraine relations. UIMA again presents an interesting current events program.

David J. Kramer has been a staunch supporter of sanctions against Russia and a supporter of Ukraine’s struggle for independence and border security. He was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2008 to 2009. He was President of Freedom House from October 2010 to November 2014. He then served as Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedoms at the McCain Institute until 2017 when he became senior fellow at Florida International University School of International and Public Affairs.

He received his Master’s degree in Soviet Studies at Harvard University. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, he was an analyst for The Christian Science Monitor Network. He later moved to Washington, D.C. and became a Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century, Associate Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Assistant Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Kramer then joined the United States Department of State as Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He next served as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, before becoming a professional staff member for the Policy Planning Staff. From July 2005 to March 2008, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. In February 2013, Kramer caused controversy at the North American Invitational Model United Nations, when Kramer’s opening keynote speech incited a walkout of 300 Chinese visitors because of his comments on violations of human rights. Kramer is a member of the Ukraine Today media organization’s International Supervisory Council. In 2016 Kramer argued that the Minsk II peace agreement should be scrapped and western sanctions on Russia maintained.

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