John E. Herbst

  • Atlantic Council Names Top Diplomat John Herbst as Eurasia Center Director

    April 14, 2014

    Taleen Ananian
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    WASHINGTON - The Atlantic Council today named John E. Herbst, a former ambassador to Ukraine and Uzbekistan, as director of its Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, effective May 12. In that role, Herbst will oversee the Atlantic Council's response to rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine as well as other key economic, security, and political issues across the region, including oversight of the annual Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul on November 20-21.

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  • Ambassador John Herbst on Ukraine Crisis

    Atlantic Council's New Eurasia Center Director is Former Envoy to Kyiv

    John Herbst, the newly appointed director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, served as the US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006. Here, he offers an overview of the crisis in Ukraine.

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  • US Ex-Ambassador to Ukraine Urges US Military, Intelligence Help for Kyiv

    A former US ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst, is urging the Obama administration to begin providing direct military help to the government in Kyiv, saying new violence by Russian-backed gunmen in eastern Ukraine appears to reflect a Russian government escalation of the crisis.

    “The United States should provide Ukraine with anti-air and anti-tank equipment, along with trainers,” Herbst writes in an article published today on the website of the Atlantic Council, which announced his appointment as director of its center on Eurasian affairs. “It should share intelligence on Russian military movements and intentions,” Herbst writes in a question-and-answer overview of the crisis.

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  • About the Ukraine Initiative

    In response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea in February, the Atlantic Council launched a campaign to galvanize the transatlantic community into helping ensure that Ukraine survives as an independent nation. Ukraine must have a fair chance to build democracy and shape its own future, including, if it chooses, greater integration with Europe.

    Despite violent attacks by the government of former President Viktor Yanukovych, peaceful demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians won their country a new chance to seek greater democracy, an end to corruption, and a European future. The Council’s campaign aims to support that effort from within the United States and Europe, using our own community of policy experts and supporters.

    This campaign’s goals are:
    1. To keep the Ukraine crisis at the top of the transatlantic agenda;
    2. To anticipate Russian actions against Ukraine and determine the most effective strategies to deter or counteract them;
    3. To advance practical policies in the most critical areas to ensure that Ukraine survives in the short term and thrives in the medium- to long-term;
    4. To build a transatlantic community of influence to advocate for urgent support for and a long-term commitment to a European Ukraine; and
    5. As a matter of urgency, to help Ukraine’s emerging leaders prepare to govern effectively. 

    The Atlantic Council experts leading this effort are:
    Damon Wilson, executive vice president
    John E. Herbst, director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
    Adrian Karatnycky, non-resident senior fellow, Transatlantic Relations Program

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