Events

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

The current situation in the Donbas and the prospects for peace

ONLINE EVENT - In 2019, Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskyy put a premium on bringing peace to eastern Ukraine. As focus shifts away from the coronavirus, what is the current situation in the Donbas, has the conflict changed, and what are the prospects for peace?

11:30am ONLINE EVENT

All Content

Tue, May 26, 2020

Statement by former US Ambassadors to Ukraine

Former US ambassadors to Ukraine emphasize the importance of the US-Ukraine relationship.

UkraineAlert by Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

Politics & Diplomacy Ukraine

Mon, May 4, 2020

A serious but flawed look at peace in the Donbas

The conflict in the Donbas cannot be solved by Ukraine and Russia alone, but the West must not unconditionally accept a "Russian consensus" to achieve it.

UkraineAlert by John E. Herbst

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Fri, May 1, 2020

Zelenskyy’s foreign policy: One year in

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy swept into office with three key promises. A year after his administration began, how has Zelenskyy done?

Borscht Belt by Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

International Organizations Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

John E. Herbst is director of the Atlantic Council’s 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 US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006, when he worked to enhance US-Ukrainian relations, help ensure the conduct of a fair Ukrainian presidential election, and prevent violence during the Orange Revolution. Prior to that, he was ambassador to Uzbekistan (2000-03), where he played a critical role in the establishment of an American base to help conduct Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also promoted improved US-Uzbek relations, in part by encouraging the government in Tashkent to improve its human rights record.

In his last four years at the State Department, he served as the coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization, leading the US government’s civilian capacity in societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, and to provide support to countries at risk of instability. He oversaw the establishment of the Civilian Response Corps of the United States, the US civilian rapid response force for reconstruction and stabilization operations overseas.

Ambassador Herbst previously served as US consul general in Jerusalem; principal deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for the Newly Independent States; the 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 National Defense University. He has received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award, and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Ambassador Herbst has written book chapters, articles, and op-eds on stability operations in Central Asia, Ukraine, and Russia. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the National Interest, and Foreign Policy. He has been a frequent guest discussing the Ukraine crisis on television and radio. 

Ambassador Herbst earned a bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Phi Beta Kappa, and a master of law and diplomacy, with distinction, from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He also attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center.