Keystone Speaker Series: The Future of War in Europe and Ukraine

Speaker: Marie Yovanovitch, 

Ambassador to Ukraine 2016-19

FPA Coordinator: Alan Stolberg


Please join the Foreign Policy Association of Central Pennsylvania and the Midtown Scholar Bookstore  at our Keystone Speaker Evening and special speaker book signing. 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Hershey Country Club

1000 E. Derry Rd., Hershey PA 17033

Ambassador Yovanovitch, a career Foreign Service Officer, served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2016 to 2019 when President Zelensky first came to power. Later removed from her position, she was called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2019. She also served as the U.S. ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Armenia. In addition, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State Department Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she coordinated all American policy on European and Eurasian global security issues. Before that, she was the State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for issues related to the Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries and served as the Deputy Commandant for the National Defense University in Washington DC.  a senior fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a nonresident fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of Georgetown University. 

A long time Eurasian specialist, in 2003-2004, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the senior advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. embassy in Ukraine. Within the Department of State, Ambassador Yovanovitch has worked on the Russia desk, the Office of European Security Affairs, in the Department’s Operations Center, and held overseas U.S. embassy assignments in Moscow, London, Ottawa, and Mogadishu. 

A member of the Senior Foreign Service (senior general officer-equivalent rank), Ambassador Yovanovitch has earned the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award eight times and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on nine occasions. She is also the recipient of two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and the secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award. In 2020, Georgetown University granted her the Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy, and Indiana University awarded her the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Award for Public Integrity.

Ambassador Yovanovitch has a B.A. in History and Russian Studies from Princeton University, studied at the Pushkin Institute in Russia, and received an M.S. from the National Defense University.

Just before dinner, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore will have a book signing for her highly acclaimed book, Lessons from the Edge, A Memoir. Books will be available for purchase. 

Social Hour & Dinner Information

5:15 – 6:30 pm – Social Hour and Book Signing
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – Speaker followed by question and answer session

Dinner Menu:

Salad – organic greens, carrots, cucumbers, onions, champagne vinaigrette dressing

Two entrée choices:

Lemon Herb Chicken with Rosemary Jus
Potato Puree
Seasonal fresh vegetables


Herb Rubbed Salmon with Citrus Beurre Blanc
Roasted vegetable couscous
Seasonal fresh vegetables

Dinner Rolls
Dessert: Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Price: $75 per person

With limited seating, please make your reservations NOW.

RESERVATIONS (Paid-in-advance reservations are required for this event)

  • Registration will close March 8, 2023
  • Your reservation will be dated based on the receipt of your check. 
  • Any reservation checks received after this close date are subject to availability. 


The Foreign Policy Association of Central PA, 
PO Box 60665, 
Harrisburg, PA 17106

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