Ukraine is currently in a severe political and security crisis – the worst in Europe since the collapse of the USSR and the Yugoslav war. Russia has violated international law by occupying the Crimea, which belongs to Ukraine, and threatening the country's Eastern and Southern territories. The U.S. and its NATO allies are taking seriously the Russian armed operation against Ukraine as President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have warned Moscow repeatedly not to intervene militarily – to no avail. The U.S. and European allies are keeping pressure on Moscow. Ukrainians deserve a chance to put their house in order both politically and economically. The United States and its allies have to demonstrate leadership, putting together a coherent policy and sanctions package to shore up NATO allies, reverse the Russian anti-status quo actions and shore up peace in Europe.
More About the Speakers
Keynote Remarks by
H.E. Marina Kaljurand
Ambassador to the United States from Estonia
Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Ambassador Kurt Volker
Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership
Political Commentator and TV Anchor, Kyiv, Ukraine
Stephen Blank, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council
Margaret Thatcher Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation