"Peace can never be taken for granted": Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Russia, Ukraine, and Europe's future

Author: Gráinne McEvoy

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović with Clemens Sedmak and Scott Appleby.
LR: Clemens Sedmak, director of the Nanovic Institute and professor of social ethics, Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, and Scott Appleby, dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs.

On October 4, 2022, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies welcomed Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the former president of the Republic of Croatia (2015-2020), to deliver the 2022 Nanovic Forum lecture. She delivered a lecture titled “War in Ukraine, Peace in Europe?” Geopolitics, Economics, and Security after Russia’s Invasion,” both online and to a full Hesburgh Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. The speaker was introduced by Scott Appleby, dean of the Keough School for Global Affairs, who said that the topic of her lecture “could not be of greater significance to Europe and to the world.” He shared how Grabar-Kitarović had recently made a number of public appearances during which she was asked about her view on Russian aggression and the current situation in Ukraine. “She too,” Appleby explained, “spreads the message of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, even if it means that we all have to sacrifice some of our own taken-for-granted comfort and security.”

The Institute has prepared an event brief that summarizes Grabar-Kitarović’s lecture. A video of the lecture and discussion is also available on the Nanovic Institute’s website and YouTube channel

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2022 Nanovic Forum lecture with Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović