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"Russia and the West: Handling the Clash of World Views" A Lecture by Vygaudas Ušackas, EU Ambassador to Russia


Vygaudas Ušackas, European Union Ambassador to Russia

Date and Time

March 3, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM



RSVP required by 5PM February 29.


CISAC Central Conference Room
Encina Hall, 2nd Floor
616 Serra St
Stanford, CA 94305


Ambassador Ušackas will dwell on security challenges faced by Europe. He will share his views on why and how interdependent economic partners: the EU and Russia got into a geopolitical confrontation and what is the way forward? What are the consequences of the war in Ukraine, effects of Syria crisis and what is the future role of NATO in Europe. 

Ambassador Ušackas has been serving as the European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation as of 1 September 2013. Previously, he was the European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan from April 2010. After obtaining his Law Degree from Vilnius University and completing his post-graduate education in Political Sciences in Denmark and Norway in 1991, he joined the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he served as Counselor to the Lithuanian Mission to both the EU and NATO from 1992 to 1996; Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1999; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union from 1999 to 2001; Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States of America and United Mexican States from 2001 to 2006; Ambassador of Lithuania to the Court of St. James from 2006 – 2008; and was Lithuanian Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2010. During the course of his career, he has received numerous awards such as Order for Merits to Lithuania, Cross of Commander, State awards of Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Norway, Poland, Spain and Ukraine; award for merits to the city of Utena and Member of honour of Lithuanian Students’ Union. He was awarded the Honorary citizenship of his home town Skuodas in 2010 and Ukmerge in 2013. In 2014, Vygaudas Ušackas was bestowed a Honorary Doctor's Degree in Political Science of Vytautas Magnus University of Kaunas. He is also fluent in English and Russian and has a working knowledge of French. Mr Ušackas is married and has two children.