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Forward to the Past: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Impacts on International Security

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St


  • For Individual MCFR members. Registration fee includes dinner and two pours of wine.
  • For members of the UW International Division. Registration fee includes dinner and two pours of wine.
  • For members of the public. Registration fee includes dinner and two pours of wine.

Registration is closed

Dr. Chad Briggs is a Principal Consultant and Strategy Director for GlobalINT. His PhD in political science is from Carleton University in Canada. He specializes in translating complex scientific data into risk assessments and strategic planning. His presentation will start with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and discuss how our globalized world is at risk from the intersections of so many vulnerabilities, from food security, climate change, energy supplies, cyber/info warfare, extremist movements, and other emerging risks.

A native of Neenah, Wisconsin Chad attended UW-Madison for his undergraduate degree in international relations. He worked for the State Senate, Department of Development, and was later budget and policy director for TEACH Wisconsin. Briggs has also studied abroad in Norway, Ireland, UK, Hungary, Ukraine, and was a Fulbright professor to Berlin and Budapest. He was Team Leader for the Energy and Environmental Security Directorate at the US Department of Energy, and from 2008-2010 was Senior Advisor for International Security Affairs and Special Advisor on Climate Change and Strategic Assessment. He also led the Abrupt Climate Change and Security team for DOE, which developed methods to assess associated security risks and communicated those to policymakers. From 2010-2012, he was Minerva Chair of Energy and Environmental Security at the Air University, US Air Force. He remains a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Security in Brussels, and Adjunct Research Professor of Geography at Carleton University.

This in-person event will be held at the Madison Club. 

Please note: 

  • The Madison Club requires all patrons to be fully vaccinated or to have tested negative within 24-hours before attending events.  MCFR fully supports the Madison Club policy and all current public health measures.
  • The registration fee includes a sit-down dinner with two pours of wine. The dinner is chef's choice. Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you register.

The final day to register and submit payment was Tuesday, September 6, 2022.   

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