Ukraine's Internally Displaced Persons Hold a Key to Peace

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ukrainian House
2 Khreshchatyk Street, 01001 Kyiv, Ukraine

Welcoming Remarks:
1:00 p.m.

Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Mr. Alexander Hug
Principal Deputy Chief Monitor, Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (via video)

Keynote Address:
1:05 p.m.

Mr. Neal Walker
Resident Coordinator, United Nations; Resident Representative in Ukraine, United Nations Development Programme

Panel 1: The Official Response to the IDP Crises
1:15 p.m.

H.E. George Tuka
DeputyMinister, Temporarily Occupied
Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine

Government of Ukraine

Ambassador John Herbst 
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Ms. Melinda Haring
Editor, UkraineAlert
Atlantic Council

Dr. Lauren Van Metre
Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University 

Moderated by:

Mr. Maxim Eristavi
Research Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center,
Atlantic Council; Co-Founder 
Hromadske International

Panel 2: A View from the Ground
2:45 p.m.

The Hon. Marie Yovanovitch
US Ambassador to Ukraine
United States Embassy in Kyiv

Mr. Jock Mendoza-Wilson
Director of International and Investor Relations
System Capital Management

Dr. Yuri Temirov
Dean of the History Department
Donetsk National University

Dr. Kateryna Smagliy
Director, Kennan Institute
Kyiv Office

Ms. Tamila Tasheva
Crimea SOS

Moderated by:
Mr. Peter Dickinson
Research Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia
Atlantic Council; Publisher
Business Ukraine and Lviv Today

Concluding Remarks:
4:00 p.m.

 Mr. Alain Aeschlimann 
Head of Delegation
International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine

Mr. Pablo Mateu 
Representative in Ukraine
 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Please join the Atlantic Council and the Ukraine Crisis Media Center for a conference on Ukraine's internally displaced persons.

After four years of ongoing conflict, Ukraine is home to the world’s ninth-largest population of internally displaced persons (IDPs), with nearly 1.6 million Ukrainians officially registered as IDPs. One-third of the displaced plans to integrate into local communities rather than return to their original homes, creating a unique model of local support and integration during conflict. In their issue brief, Ukraine’s Internally Displaced Persons Hold a Key to Peace, authors Lauren Van Metre, Steven E. Steiner, and Melinda Haring examine Ukraine as a possible model for an “enlightened” resettlement process that promotes social cohesion, democratic development, and a constituency for peace.

We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.


On Twitter?
Follow @ACEurasia for updates and engage using #FutureUkraine

This event is open to press and on the record.