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President Obama goes to Moscow - Implications for
the Baltic-Black-Caspian Region

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. (EST)

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
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Washington, D.C. 20006

Please send your questions during this live presentation to tetyanah@usukraine.org.

Damon Wilson

Damon WilsonDamon Wilson is Director of the International Security Program at the Atlantic Council of the United States.  Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council.  His other government positions have included Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; Director for Central, Eastern and Northern European Affairs at the National Security Council; Deputy Director of the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson; and various positions at the Department of State dealing with European security and China.  Mr. Wilson completed his graduate studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs during which he worked in the African Affairs Directorate at the National Security Council.  Following his undergraduate studies at Duke University and the University of Grenoble, France, Mr. Wilson served in Rwanda with Save the Children’s Children and War Program.

David Kramer

David KramerDavid J. Kramer joined GMF in May 2009 as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow and works on issues related to Russia/Eurasia and Wider Europe as well as democracy and human rights.  He came to GMF after more than eight years at the State Department in various capacities, most recently as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.  Before that, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus affairs, as well as regional nonproliferation issues. He also served in the Office of Policy Planning and as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He also was Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in Washington.

Before joining the government, David was a Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century, Associate Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Assistant Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, all in Washington. Prior to moving to Washington, he was a Lecturer in Russian Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.  He also taught for five years in the Urban Scholars Program at UMASS/Boston. 


Melana Zyla Vickers is a former member of the USA TODAY and Globe and Mail editorial boards, and a national security columnist for the popular website TCSDaily.com. She continues to write editorials for USA TODAY part-time. She has also served on the editorial boards of the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and in her career has covered subjects ranging from business and defense to popular culture, education and foreign affairs. She is a former senior fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum, where she wrote a number of publications including Death of the Liberal Arts? and Special Report: Women and Islam. She is a regular contributor to magazines such as The Weekly Standard and NRO, and has appeared on the PBS Newshour, CNN, FOX, and other news channels. She has a Master's degree, focused on strategic studies and economics, from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and she speaks five languages. Vickers is married and has two daughters and three stepdaughters.

Limited seating. Please RSVP to Tetyana Hungerbuhler at tetyanah@usukraine.org or by phone at (202) 223-2228

To watch this presentation live online, please go to www.usukraine.org

AHA! Network  ..  illuminating ..  

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation announces the creation of a new interactive, Internet webcasting program service, AHA! Network.  The AHA! Network will communicate information relating to the Baltic-Black-Caspian Region and its relevance to U.S. and European foreign policy interests.   The AHA! Network will bring together organizations and experts specializing in the area.  The Moldova Foundation and the U.S.-Baltic Foundation are helping to launch this webcasting program service.

The AHA! Network is also designed to support the Baltic-Black-Caspian Initiative.  The Baltic-Black-Caspian Initiative brings together a number of U.S. and foreign non-profit organizations, including the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, U.S.-Baltic Foundation, Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy, Moldova Foundation, Belarusan-American Association, and America-Georgia Business Council, to build and support trans-border cooperation at the local grass roots level in the areas of Democratic Leadership Development, Crisis Management, Energy Security, Economic & Trade Development, and Conflict Prevention and Resolution for the nations in the region. 

For the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, the Baltic-Black-Caspian Initiative and the AHA! Network aim to elevate the importance of Ukraine to the region and to focus on solving those trans-national issues which have plagued Ukraine since independence.

Through the AHA! Network, the Foundation intends to increase the importance of the region and the trans-national issues hindering democratic development, energy independence and economic progress.  Through  AHA! Network webcasts, the Foundation aims to make complex information more understandable and thereby build a wider audience in support of the region and Ukraine.

You can go to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s website, http://www.usukraine.org, to watch previously-produced videos on Russian energy, Moldova’s Twitter Revolution and Belarus’s Domestic and Foreign Policies.

For anyone interested in joining the AHA! Network or theBaltic-Black-Caspian Initiative, please contact Nadia K. McConnell, President, at info@usukraine.org.  Questions and suggestions are also welcomed.



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