Type: Seminar

Student conversation with Ambassador Mark Pekala

Navigating rising tension in the Baltics


Mark Pekala (former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia)

Date & time

Sep 30, 2022, 11:30 am-12:45 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Room 5240

Ambassador Mark Pekala will reflect on his experience as U.S. Ambassador to Latvia (2012–2014) and the shared policy priorities between the U.S., Latvia, and Latvia’s Baltic neighbors.

This event is open to current U-M students only. A light lunch will be provided.

About the speaker

Ambassador Mark Pekala (BA Political Science '81) has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Paris, DCM in Tallinn, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and Senior Director for Russian Affairs on the National Security Council staff.  From 1998 to 1999, Ambassador Pekala was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University, teaching graduate seminars on U.S.-Russian relations and European security. Ambassador Pekala has received nine State Department Superior Honor Awards, seven Senior Performance Awards, two Meritorious Honor Awards, the W. Averell Harriman Award, and the Matilda W. Sinclaire Language Award. From the Government of Estonia, he received the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Third Class, and he received Latvia’s highest state decoration, the Order of the Three Stars. 


This event is co-sponsored with LSA’s Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES).