Alexander Vindman

Former White House National Security Staffer Lt. Colonel (retired) Alexander Vindman appeared at The Progressive Forum to discuss his book, Here, Right Matters: An American Story, on October 13, 2022, at Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas.


SHORT: How would you advise President Biden if Russia launched a tactical nuclear strike in Ukraine? Would our response need to include a nuclear retaliation? (7:49)

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SHORT: If you were advising President Biden, how would you describe an end game for the Russian-Ukraine war? (5:55)

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SHORT: How would you describe the picture after the war regarding Ukraine, Russia, Europe, and the democratic world? (5:02)


Alexander Vindman is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Most recently he was the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House National Security Council. He served in South Korea, where he led infantry and anti-armor platoons. He is a combat veteran of the Iraq War, where he sustained an injury from a roadside bomb and earned a Purple Heart.

Before the White House, he served the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Political-Military Affairs Officer for Russia, as well as a military attache at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow and Kiev. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student and senior fellow for the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He’s also a Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, executive board member for the Renew Democracy Initiative, and senior advisor for VoteVets.

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