The Trustees of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs
Cordially Invite You to an Address by
THE HONORABLE STEVEN PIFER
FORMER UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE, 1997-2000
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m
World Trade Center Baltimore
Members: Free of Charge – Guest of a Member: $20.00* Non-Members: 25.00*
"The Triangle of Ukraine, Russia and the West"
The collision between the United States and Russia over Ukraine will probably illuminate the basics of contemporary America foreign policy. It is now obvious that the post USSR configurations of power in Eastern Europe are still in flux. Mr. Putin’s blunt efforts to affect these balances challenge the United States which, having rejected a military response, may try to seriously damage Russia economically; to the possible detriment of the economies of NATO and EU nations and to undercut the basic United States strategy of accommodation of Russia, a strategy which would enmesh her in the global economic order and secure her place as an acknowledged major power. Putin’s gambits not only test United States tactical positions on Eastern Europe, but also test its commitment to its own strategic design. The process of responding to Russia’s gambits will illuminate America’s understanding of its own accommodation strategy, the place of international law and organizations, and diplomacy and power politics.
As one attempts to understand the strategy and tactical elements in this illuminating moment, we are most fortunate to be joined by Ambassador Steven Pifer, who in the State Department was immersed in considerations of United States-Russia relations and served as United States Ambassador to Ukraine. He has since written the articles “Ukraine’s Perilous Balancing Act,” and “Ukraine’s Geopolitical Choice, 2009,” and “An Agenda for U.S.-Russian Relations in 2009.” His analysis before the Council, extremely well grounded and well-informed, will certainly help advance our understanding.
Currently, Ambassador Pifer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe where he focuses on Russia and Ukraine. In his more than twenty-five years with the State Department, he focused on U.S. Relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He served as special assistant to the President and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997), U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004). His work on these matters continues at the Brookings Institution.
It is a great pleasure to welcome Ambassador Steven Pifer to the Council..