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Finnish Ambassador to discuss “The War in Ukraine, NATO and the Future of Europe” on November 9

The Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the United States HE Mikko Hautala and former U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus will discuss “The War in Ukraine, NATO, and the Future of Europe” at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, November 9. The conversation will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor community room of the Vanderbilt Central Library. The event is open to the public.

As the university focuses on expanding its global presence through research, dialogue and relationship building ahead of its sesquicentennial celebration in 2023 and beyond, the November 9 event is the opportunity for the Vanderbilt community to hear first-hand from experts on the issues currently affecting our world. . Hautala and Ortagus will discuss international politics, the war in Ukraine, the Finnish-Russian border and the integration of European security. The event will include a Q&A session with the speakers.

A career diplomat, Hautala was appointed Finland’s Ambassador to the United States in September 2020. From 2016 to 2020, he served as Finland’s Ambassador to Russia. In August 2020, Hautala received the Ambassador Award from the Confederation of Finnish Industries for his work in promoting the interests of Finnish business in Russia. During his career, he received several civil and military decorations both nationally and internationally.

Ortagus served as spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State from 2019 to 2021. She previously held government positions as a deputy attaché and intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury and as a public affairs officer at the United States Agency for International Development. Ortagus was a national security contributor at Fox News prior to her appointment as State Department spokesperson. She is an officer in the United States Navy Reserve.

The event is sponsored by the Jean and Alexander Heard libraries and the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies at Vanderbilt.