Ambassador Samantha Power on Russia

January 17, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Ambassador Samantha Power on Russia:
The Threat, the International Order, and the Way Forward

Welcome remarks by:
Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Keynote on US-Russia Relations:
Ambassador Samantha Power
US Permanent Representative to the United Nations
United States Mission to the United Nations

A Moderated Discussion Will Follow the Keynote Address

Please join the Atlantic Council for a speech and conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations. ​ Ambassador Power will speak to the serious threat Russia poses to the rules-based international order, and what must be done to address that threat.

We hope you will join us for this timely and important discussion. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.

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Samantha Power is the US permanent representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. At the United Nations, Ambassador Power works to advance US interests, promote and defend universal values, and address pressing global challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity. Prior to serving as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Power served as special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights on the National Security Staff at the White House.  In this role she focused on issues including UN reform; LGBT and women’s rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; human trafficking; and democracy and human rights. Before joining the US government, Ambassador Power was the Anna Lindh professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, teaching courses on US foreign policy, human rights, and UN reform. She was also the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Ambassador Power is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide (2002) and Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008), the basis for the award-winning HBO documentary, “Sergio.”  She is also the recent co-editor of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011).  Ambassador Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributed regularly to the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, and the New Yorker Magazine. Ambassador Power immigrated to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine.  She graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia and received a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is married to Cass Sunstein, with whom she has two young children.

John Herbst is the director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. Ambassador Herbst served for thirty-one years as a foreign service officer in the US Department of State, retiring at the rank of career-minister. He was the US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006. Prior to his ambassadorship in Ukraine, he was the ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2000 to 2003. Ambassador Herbst previously served as US consul general in Jerusalem; principal deputy to the ambassador-at-large for the Newly Independent States; director of the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs; director of regional affairs in the Near East Bureau; and at the embassies in Tel Aviv, Moscow, and Saudi Arabia. He most recently served as director of the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University. He has received two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards, the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Award. Ambassador Herbst’s writings on stability operations, Central Asia, Ukraine, and Russia are widely published.