Crimea: Reflecting on Three Years of Russian Occupation

March 21, 2017 - 8:30 am

Please join the Atlantic Council on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Capitol Hill (2255 Rayburn House Office Building) for a discussion on the repercussions of Russia’s continued occupation of Crimea.


Opening remarks:

Dr. Alina Polyakova
Director of Research, Europe and Eurasia
Atlantic Council

Keynote address by:
The Hon. Steve Chabot 
US Representative (OH-1)
US House of Representatives

The Hon. Gerry Connolly 
US Representative (VA-11)
US House of Representatives
A conversation with:
Dr. Anders Åslund
Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
Dr. Michael Carpenter
Senior Director, Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Robert Herman
Vice President for International Programs; Vice President for Emergency Assistance Programs and Multilateral Initiatives
Freedom House
Ambassador Steven Pifer
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Center on the United States and Europe; Director, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative
The Brookings Institution
Moderated by:
Ms. Melinda Haring
Editor, UkraineAlert
Atlantic Council
On March 18, 2014, Russia illegally annexed Crimea. Today, the peninsula remains under occupation as the Kremlin builds conventional military forces, represses voices of opposition, exploits Crimea’s energy resources, and violates basic human rights. The implications for international security remain critical to US national security interest in the region.
On the three-year anniversary of the annexation, the Atlantic Council will convene experts to discuss the repercussions of Russia’s continued occupation of Crimea. The event will feature keynote addresses by Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Steve Chabot, who re-introduced the Crimea Annexation Non-Recognition Act - legislation prohibiting federal agencies from taking action that recognizes Russian sovereignty over Crimea.

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Anders Åslund is a resident senior fellow in the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. Prior to that he was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute. His research examines the economic policy of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, and focuses on the broader implications of economic transition. He worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1994 to 2005, first as a senior associate and then from 2003 as director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. He has worked at the Brookings Institution and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Dr. Åslund served as an economic adviser to the governments of Russia (1991 to 1994) and Ukraine (1994 to 1997). He was a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics. Additionally, Dr. Åslund has served as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, an honorary professor of the Kyrgyz National University, and chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research, Warsaw, as well as of the Scientific Council of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and earned his PhD from Oxford University.

Michael Carpenter is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. He also has responsibility for the Western Balkans and Conventional Arms Control. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Carpenter served in the White House as the Special Advisor to the Vice President for Europe and Eurasia. Previously, he served as Director for Russia at the White House National Security Council. During a 12-year career with the State Department, Dr. Carpenter served in various positions, including deputy director of the Office of Russian Affairs, speechwriter for the under   secretary of state for political affairs, NATO-Russia officer in the Office of Regional Political-Military Affairs, and advisor on the South Caucasus. He has served overseas at the US Embassies in Slovenia and Barbados. While at the State Department, Dr. Carpenter received four Superior Honor Awards and three Meritorious Honor Awards. He holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University. Dr. Carpenter was a Fulbright Scholar at the Polish Academy of Sciences and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, MacArthur Foundation, and IREX Foundation for his academic research.

Melinda Haring is the editor of the UkraineAlert, a biweekly publication of the Atlantic Council, and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. UkraineAlert is the Atlantic Council’s most popular publication. Its articles are regularly republished by Newsweek, Kyiv Post, Novoe Vremya, Huffington Post, Real Clear Defense, and World Affairs Journal. In 2016, UkraineAlert’s most popular article garnered more than 100,000 hits. 
Haring is a longtime observer of political developments in the Eurasia region, and her analysis has been featured in Foreign Policy, Newsweek, The Kyiv Post, Global Post, The Press-Enterprise, and Transitions Online, and broadcast and published by NPR, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. Haring is the author of the report Reforming the Democracy Bureaucracy and a contributor to Does Democracy Matter? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Haring has worked for Eurasia Foundation, Freedom House, and the National Democratic Institute, where she managed democracy assistance programs in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. A graduate of Georgetown University's Democracy and Governance Program, she holds an MA in Government with a certificate in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Haring is a member of the board of East Europe Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Robert Herman is vice president for international programs and vice president for emergency assistance programs and multilateral initiatives at Freedom House, where he oversees a range of programs in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Eurasia and Asia.  He has more than twenty-five years of experience in democracy promotion and human rights. Before joining Freedom House he was senior technical director for Democracy and Governance at Management Systems International. He was the co-founder and co-director of the Democracy Coalition Project, a global democracy promotion initiative of the Open Society Institute and previously served on the State Department's Policy Planning staff working on democracy and human rights and playing an instrumental role in launching the Community of Democracies, the first ever gathering of democratic states dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions, practices and values worldwide. As senior social scientist with USAID's Bureau for Europe and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union, Dr. Herman helped to craft US assistance strategies to countries making the transition from communist rule. He has held positions with the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US Mission to NATO in Brussels and served as a staff member in the US Congress. He earned his PhD in Government from Cornell University having written his dissertation on the political and intellectual origins of the Gorbachev Revolution.  He received a Master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton University) and a Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College.

Ambassador Steven Pifer is director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. He focuses on nuclear arms control, Ukraine, and Russia.  He has offered commentary on these issues on National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, CNN, Fox News, BBC, and VOA, and his articles have run in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, National Interest, Moscow Times, and Kyiv Post, among others. He is the author of “The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times” (Brookings Institution Press, Spring 2017), and co-author with Michael O’Hanlon of “The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms” (Brookings Institution Press, 2012). A retired Foreign Service officer, his more than 25 years with the State Department focused on US relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997). In addition to Ukraine, Ambassador Pifer served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow, and London as well as with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva. From 2000 to 2001, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Institute for International Studies.