Lessons from the Edge: A Conversation with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

The Albright Institute was honored to welcome Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, for its annual public dialogue.

Ambassador Yovanovitch spent much of her career working to advance democracy in the post-Soviet world. In this dialogue, she discussed current challenges to global democracy, her career as a diplomat, and how she remained committed to democratic values, even while caught in the midst of the first impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.

Facilitated by Stacie Goddard, the Paula Phillips Bernstein ’58 Faculty Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs.

This event was part of the Albright Institute’s programming for this year, “The Diplomat’s Toolbox: Making the World Safe for Democracy.” In honor of Secretary Albright’s legacy, the Albright Institute seeks to recognize her unwavering commitment to advancing democracy across the globe and reflect on the ways she worked toward that goal using her own diplomatic tools—her relationships, her empathy, and her principles.


  • Marie L. Yovanovitch , United States Ambassador to Ukraine (2016–2019)
    Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2016-2019), the Republic of Armenia (2008- 2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008).
  • Stacie Goddard, Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College; Paula Phillips Bernstein ’58 Faculty Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
    Stacie Goddard researches issues of international security with a specific focus on legitimacy, rising powers, and territorial conflict.