Peter Ackerman

Managing Director, Rockport Capital, Inc.

Peter Ackerman is the managing director of Rockport Capital Inc., a private investment firm. From 1978 to 1990, he was an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He served for fifteen years as chairman of the board of overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was chairman of the board of Freedom House. Dr. Ackerman is also a co-founder of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and is currently chairman of Americans Elect, which will invite every registered voter in the United States to participate in a nonpartisan process to nominate candidates for the 2012 presidential election through an online convention. Dr. Ackerman is also a member of various boards, including the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is also a member of the U.S. advisory council of the United States Institute of Peace and the advisory board for America Abroad Media. He is based in Washington, DC.



Ukraine's Orange Revolution: Film Screening and Discussion

Speakers: Steve York, Peter Ackerman, and David Kramer
Presider: Robert McMahon

This winter marks the fifth anniversary of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, when over one million citizens took to the streets of Kiev and succeeded in overturning the results of that country's presidential election. Steve York's documentary, Orange Revolution, follows the contest between opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko and his adversary Viktor Yanukovych, capturing the iconic images that defined the election and ensuing protests.

Here, after a screening of Orange Revolution, Peter Ackerman, David J. Kramer and Steve York discuss the significance of the Orange Revolution for Ukraine and nonviolent democracy movements elsewhere.

See more in Ukraine; Democratization; Political Movements and Protests


The Financial Crisis: A European Perspective

Speaker: Christine Lagarde
Presider: Peter Ackerman

As the financial crisis spreads across the Atlantic, Europe's four largest economies are working to formulate a coordinated response. At the end of what promises to be a significant week for Europe, join French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for a European perspective of the financial crisis and a discussion of possible policy options.

See more in International Finance; Financial Crises; EU