Battling for democracy in Ukraine

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Democracy Dialogues

Battling for democracy in Ukraine

Tom Perriello, Denver Riggleman, James E. Ryan, Ann Compton (moderator)

Wednesday, November 02, 2022
4:00PM - 5:15PM (EDT)
Event Details

More than eight years after Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea and more than eight months after the full-scale attacks on the rest of Ukraine, there is no end in sight to this long and grinding war. In this Democracy Dialogues event, former Virginia Republican Congressman Denver Riggleman and former Virginia Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello discuss with moderator Ann Compton how the war in Ukraine is not simply a geopolitical power struggle but a crisis of democracy.

The Democracy Dialogues series is produced by UVA's Karsh Institute of Democracy with the goal of strengthening democracy through civil debate. It is co-sponsored by the Miller Center and made possible thanks to the generous support of the George & Judy Marcus Democracy Praxis Fund, Ingrid and David Hang, and James B. Murray Jr. 

This discussion is the opening keynote for the Miller Center’s 2022 Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy, an annual event that draws attention to topics of importance to American diplomacy and national security.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022
4:00PM - 5:15PM (EDT)
The Rotunda at the University of Virginia
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Tom Perriello

Tom Perriello is a former Democratic member of Congress (VA-05), where he supported landmark legislation including the Affordable Care Act, the DREAM Act, and climate and stimulus legislation. He served as the special representative for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and as the U.S. special envoy to the African Great Lakes Region during the Obama Administration. He was subsequently the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action and is currently executive director of Open Society-U.S., which supports efforts to advance equality, fairness, and justice with a focus on marginalized communities in the United States. He has dedicated his career to fighting injustice, climate change, economic inequality, and crimes against humanity and is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.

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Denver Riggleman

Denver Riggleman III is a former Republican member of Congress (VA-5) and served as a subject matter expert on data analytics for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). He is co-owner and principal of Silverback Distillery and author of the New York Times bestsellerThe Breach: The Untold Story into the Investigation of January 6th, based on his role as an advisor to the Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. He was a United States Air Force Intelligence Officer and later the co-founder and former CEO of a successful federal contracting company supporting military science, technology, and advanced analysis. Riggleman is a distinguished graduate in foreign affairs (concentrating on the former Yugoslavia and its history of religious and political strife) from the University of Virginia.

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James E. Ryan

James E. Ryan serves as the ninth president of the University of Virginia. A respected and accomplished educator and legal scholar, Ryan earned his law degree from UVA and previously served on the School of Law faculty for 15 years. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a leading expert on law and education, Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. Before serving as UVA president, Ryan was the Charles William Eliot professor and dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Ann Compton (moderator)

Ann Compton is a former news reporter and White House correspondent for ABC News. A distinguished and highly respected 40-year veteran of the White House press corps, she was the first woman assigned by a television network to cover the White House. Her tenure stretched across seven presidents as well as innumerable globe-altering events, including the end of the Cold War. During the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Compton was the only broadcaster allowed to remain on board Air Force One after President George W. Bush was advised not to return to Washington, D.C. Compton previously served on the Miller Center Governing Council and is a member of the Center's Holton Society.

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