Transcript by Federal News Service, Washington, D.C.
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.
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