Jamestown Foundation Board Visits Kyiv, Ukraine


June 25, 2014

Contact: Kathryn Basinsky

From June 4 to June 8, The Jamestown Foundation led a ten-person delegation to Kyiv, Ukraine, to meet with senior government security officials in the interim Ukrainian government. Headed by Jamestown’s board chairman, Willem de Vogel, delegation members met with a number of senior ranking policymakers, including Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council; Deputy Minister of Defense Igor Kabanenko; the newly elected mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko; and Mustafa Cemilev, the leader of Crimean Tatars; as well as a host of other Ukrainian officials.

During the four-day visit the delegation also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Gregg Pyatt. Jamestown President Glen Howard commented that the visit offered an exhilarating insight into the array of security challenges facing Ukrainian policymakers in their struggle to subdue the Russian-backed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

Participating in the board delegation were Jamestown board chairman Willem de Vogel, board members KT McFarland, Matthew Bryza and Robert Spring, and Jamestown President Glen Howard. Non-board members participating in the visit were Michael E. Kavoukijan and Walter Zaryckyj. Jamestown staff included Senior Fellow Vladimir Socor and Eurasia Daily Monitor (EDM) Managing Editor Matthew Czekaj.

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