Join ISD for a book talk with Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch.
Monday, April 4th, 2022
Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch
ISD Senior State/CFR Fellow Jennifer Davis
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ISD is honored to welcome Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch for a discussion of her memoir, Lessons from the Edge. Join us on April 4 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST in the ICC Auditorium for an engaging conversation moderated by ISD Senior State/CFR Fellow, Jennifer Davis.
By the time she became U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates — men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with her powerful memoir.
Born into a family that survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Over decades as a career Foreign Service Officer, she has demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism, leadership in challenging times and difficult places, and a commitment to improve the global condition. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.
Ambassador (ret.) Yovanovitch’s book will be available for sale before and after the event. She will gladly sign copies for those who wish after the event.
Marie Yovanovitch served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to other senior government positions during her thirty-three-year diplomatic career. She retired from the State Department in 2020 and is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-resident fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She has received multiple awards, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award (twice), the Secretary’s Diplomacy for Freedom Award, the Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy, and the PEN/Benenson Courage Award. She lives in the Washington, DC, area.