Tag Archives: Ukraine

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow on the challenge posed by Russia

When someone with the long-range perspective of Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow says relations with Russia are the worst he’s seen in his entire career, everyone should take notice. Vershbow has been a student of the Soviet Union and Russia for many decades, rising to the highest levels of the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO.  Before his recently-ended tenure as NATO’s deputy secretary general, Vershbow had served as the American ambassador to the Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and to Moscow from 2001 to 2005.  With all that Russia-watching history, Vershbow says he’d have to go back to the Berlin crises of the early 1960s to imagine “as volatile and unpredictable and dangerous a situation as we have now.”

The Changing Face of Kremlin Propaganda: Recent Developments and Strategies for 2016

What’s the nature of modern Russian propaganda? Our panel of four journalists from Russia and Ukraine discuss the changing face of Kremlin propaganda. The panelists were Masha Gessen, journalist and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin; Vasily Gatov, visiting fellow at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Daria Dieguts, foreign correspondent of TV Channel “Ukraine”; and Natalka Pisnya, special reporter and head of bureau in the United States for 1+1 Media Group. The discussion focused on the challenges facing independent Russian-language journalism, and was moderated by Karina Orlova, a journalist with Echo of Moscow. The event took place on May 23, 2016.

How to Defeat Corruption in Ukraine

A top Citibank executive and one of Ukraine’s most popular rock stars were among five luminaries who offered their suggestions on November 9 for cleaning up the endemic corruption that has long strangled the Ukrainian economy and kept foreign investors away. Andy Hunder, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, moderated the discussion titled “Securing Ukraine’s Future: Winning the Fight Against Corruption,” with Anna Derevyanko, Executive Director of the European Business Association; Svyatoslav “Slava” Vakarchuck, a social activist and lead vocalist with the Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy; Steven Fisher, CEO of Citibank Ukraine; and Ihor Petrashko, Deputy CEO of UkrLandFarming.

An Invasion by Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine

With renewed fighting in Ukraine’s east, few now deny that Moscow is financially and militarily backing the separatist war in east Ukraine and has in fact invaded its neighbor on several occasions in the past year. The new report by The Interpreter, “An Invasion by Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine”,​ aims to offer a complete account that proves Russia is behind the unrest in the Donbas region in Ukraine’s east. Listen to the conversation with Michael Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of The Interpreter and Senior Editor at The Daily Beast; and James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter.

America’s Role in the World: Senator Lindsey Graham

What role would the United States’ play in the international community if Senator Lindsey Graham was president? Senator Graham speaks about his foreign policy strategy with CNN’s Jake Tapper as part of the Brent Scowcroft Center’s “America’s Role in the World” series.

From Ukraine’s Front Lines

Despite the ceasefire agreement, Russia continues to supply weapons, equipment and troops to support separatists in Ukraine’s east. As Ukraine prepares for another assault from Russian-backed separatists, what steps should the United States and NATO take to help Ukraine withstand Russian aggression? General Clark, former NATO Allied Commander, joins us at the Atlantic Council for an exclusive briefing from Ukraine’s front lines.