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FREDERICK KEMPE:  Well, General, it looks as though we have a full house for you here.

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m Fred Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, and let me welcome you all to the Atlantic Council and this installment of our commander series, our commander speaker series, with General David McKiernan.  Some of you have been to other events here in the commander series.  I believe we brought some of the most impressive talent in uniform from both sides of the Atlantic here.  That was the aim. Senior U.S. and European military leaders have used our stage to reach a larger audience.  And because combatant commanders these days deal with so much more than where to put a piece of artillery or what target to hit, I think we’ve had some very interesting discussions.  General McKiernan, we know that you’re dealing in a place where fighting drugs, building judicial systems, and dealing with safe zones is part of the task.

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His Excellency Radoslaw Sikorski, the Polish Foreign Minister, spoke today at the Atlantic Council as part of the Council's Global Leadership Series.  He praised continuing U.S.-Polish cooperation and solidarity, noting Poland's "traditional affinity" for the U.S.

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ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF THE UNITED STATES:
GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE FORUM – STATE OF AL QAEDA
 
WELCOME: LT GEN BRENT SCOWCROFT, FORMER U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
 
INTRODUCTION:  MAJGEN ARNOLD PUNARO, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
 
MODERATOR:  FRED KEMPE,PRESIDENT, ACUS
 
SPEAKER:  GENERAL MICHAEL HAYDEN, DIRECTOR, U.S. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2008
 
 
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On September 24, 2008, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Atlantic Council in New York.

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In a luncheon hosted by the Atlantic Council at the offices of Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York, President Viktor Yushchenko spoke about the challenges facing Ukraine in the wake of the Georgian crisis. Along with fellow dignitaries and guests, Mr. Yushchenko also spoke about Ukrainian-Russian relations and the domestic political situation facing Ukraine.

Mr. Yushchenko, who is in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly's 63rd annual high-level debate, talked at length about the challenges facing Ukraine and stressed his desire for further integration with Europe and NATO following the collapse of the ruling coalition last week. The president's visit comes at a turning-point for Ukraine, where political divisions over Georgia, Russia and the Black Sea Fleet have been put  into sharp focus in recent weeks.

President Saakashvili of Georgia also spoke at an event hosted by the Council in wake of the Russian invasion last month.

This event was generously hosted by Chadbourne & Park LLP

Notable Guests and Dignitaries

  • H.E. Victor Yushchenko - President of Ukraine
  • H.E. Oleh Shamsur - Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States
  • William G. Miller - Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
  • George Pataki - Former Governor of New York
  • Robert Thomson - Managing Editor, Wall Street Journal
  • Chrystia Freeland - Managing Editor, Financial Times


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