Soviet Dissolution and the Birth of Nations:
Successes and Challenges 25 Years Later
A conversation with:
President Leonid Kravchuk
President Stanislau Shushkevich
Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Burbulis
Former Deputy Prime Minister
Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Welcome remarks by:
Dr. Evelyn Farkas
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Presidents Kravchuk and Shushkevich, and Deputy Prime Minister Burbulis, were political leaders during a critical transitional period. All three were signatories of the Belavezha Agreement which formally dissolved the Soviet Union. They then became founding statesmen of their respective new republics, navigating the turbulent waters of state-building, economic reform, and nuclear-weapons control.
Now, twenty-five years later, they will reflect on the transformative post-Cold War period and share experiences from that historic time. As Putin’s Russia seeks to reassert dominance in its near-abroad, the three leaders will offer their views on how the international community should respond.
The Atlantic Council invites you to join us for this timely discussion.
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