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Alexander Vindman lands first Pritzker Military Foundation fellowship

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/13/2020 Tyler Van Dyke
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Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was appointed as the Pritzker Military Foundation's first Pritzker Military Fellow.

Vindman will be based at Lawfare, a blog dedicated to national security issues published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institution.

"This grant will support Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s research, writing and public engagements on topics of national security, defense, civil-military affairs, and public service, over the next two-years," the foundation wrote. "Through this fellowship, Lt. Col. Vindman will engage in a series of research projects including writing articles, lectures, and producing a manuscript on the subject of great power competition, which will also serve to satisfy a doctoral dissertation requirement."

“We’re looking forward to working with Lt. Col. Vindman and to help amplify these important topics through various content engagements and programs at the Museum & Library,” said founder Col. Jennifer Pritzker. “Using his research and experience, our goal is to inform, educate, and have meaningful discussions with the public.”

Vindman, a Ukraine expert, gained national attention during the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Vindman, who at the time led European affairs at the National Security Council, wrote one of the reports about Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to the president being impeached by the House. Testifying to Congress in November 2019, Vindman said that the president used "inappropriate" pressure on Zelensky to announce an investigation into now President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Following Trump's acquittal in the Senate, Vindman was ousted from his role on the NSC. According to two people familiar with the plan, the White House wanted "to portray any house-cleaning as part of a downsizing of the NSC staff, not retaliation."

“The Pritzker Military Foundation fellowship, supporting my tenure at Lawfare, and the direct collaboration with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library will enable me to continue to advance U.S. national security interests and advocate for both public service and effective civil-military relations,” Vindman said of his fellowship.

Tags: News, Alexander Vindman, NSC, Impeachment, Ukraine, National Security, Foreign Policy, Donald Trump, Brookings Institution

Original Author: Tyler Van Dyke

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