Call-In Panel on the Ukraine Crisis, March 12, 8-9:15 PM EST

ImageThe ouster of Ukraine’s President, Viktor Yanukovych and the subsequent military intervention of Russia into the Crimea has dominated the news cycle for the past couple of weeks. What is the way forward for a sovereign Ukraine? What is the rationale for Russian behavior and how might they move forward? Given U.S. and European pledges of aid, what is the state of governance in the Ukraine? Finally, what issues should the U.S. be considering as it tries to develop an effective policy response?

The New York alumni clubs of The Fletcher School, SAIS and the Kennedy School have invited four experts to present on these questions through a call-in panel session this Wednesday, March 12, and you are invited to participate. Each panelist will speak for 10 minutes and then answer questions provided by you and presented by the moderator.

To join in the panel at 8pm EST on Wednesday evening, call in to (712) 432-1212 and enter Meeting ID 998-339-264. While only the speakers and moderator will be allowed to speak during the session, you can participate throughout the presentations by either emailing questions or comments to or by posting them as comments for the Panel Event entry on the Fletcher Club Facebook page. The moderator will then use these questions and comments in his follow-up with each panelist.

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an interesting and informative panel!


  • Ambassador Valerii Kuchinsky is a retired career diplomat from Ukraine, who held the position of Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations with a diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He is Adjunct Professor of International Relations at SIPA, Columbia University. Topic: Ukraine’s strategic interests and policy options for resolving the crisis 
  • Brigadier General Kevin Ryan (U.S. Army retired) is Director, Defense and Intelligence Projects at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. A career military officer, he has served as Senior Regional Director for Slavic States in the Office of Secretary of Defense and, from 2001 to 2003, as Defense Attaché to Russia. Topic: Russian objectives and Russian military presence in Crimea 
  • Marc Schleifer is the Regional Director for Eurasia and South Asia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC. His programmatic expertise includes anticorruption, policy advocacy, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility, Mr. Schleifer oversees CIPE’s field offices in Karachi, Kabul, Kyiv, and Moscow. Topic: An economic perspective Ukrainian governance and anti-corruption 
  • Adrian Karatnycky is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Program on Transatlantic Relations. He is a founder and co-director of the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter. From 1993 to 2004, Mr. Karatnycky was president and executive director of Freedom House, during which time he developed programs of assistance to democratic and human rights movements in Belarus, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. Topic: U.S. and European policy options for resolving the crisis

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