President Obama in Moscow: Prospects For Ukraine and the RegionTuesday, July 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. (EST)
By Ambassador Steven Pifer and Ambassador William B.Taylor
Moderator: Orest Deychakiwsky, Helsinki Commission
MODERATOR: OREST DEYCHAKIWSKY – Policy Advisor at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), an independent US government agency. His responsibilities include Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria and Romania. He also serves as security officer and liaison with non-governmental organizations at OSCE meetings.
Deychakiwsky has served as a member of U.S. delegations to numerous CSCE/OSCE meetings and several dozen OSCE election observation missions in eight countries. He has authored many Commission publications, and has appeared at various policy and media forums addressing issues pertaining to his areas of responsibility.
Active in the Ukrainian-American community, he is a former president of The Washington Group, an association of Ukrainian-American professionals.
Deychakiwsky’s education earned him a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from Georgetown University in Government and International Relations.
Steven Pifer is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, where he focuses on Russia, Ukraine and arms control. He frequently comments in the media on these issues. He recently authored “Beyond START: Negotiating the Next Step in U.S. and Russian Strategic Nuclear Arms Reductions” and “Reversing the Decline: An Agenda for U.S.-Russian Relations in 2009,” and co-authored “Engaging Ukraine in 2009,” all Brookings policy papers. A retired Foreign Service officer, his more than 25 years with the State Department included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state, with responsibility for Russia and Ukraine; ambassador to Ukraine; and special assistant to the president and senior NSC director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. He also served at the U.S. embassies in London, Moscow and Warsaw as well in Geneva with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces.
Ambassador William B. Taylor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine on May 26, 2006 and was sworn in on June 5, 2006.
Until February 2006 he was the U.S. Government's representative to the Quartet's effort to facilitate the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, led by Special Envoy James Wolfensohn in Jerusalem. The Quartet Special Envoy was responsible for the economic aspects of this disengagement.
Prior to this assignment, he served in Baghdad as Director, Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (2004-2005), in Kabul as coordinator of USG and international assistance to Afghanistan (2002-2003) and in Washington with the rank of ambassador as coordinator of USG assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1992-2002).
He previously served in Brussels as deputy defense advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO, in Washington on the staff of Senator Bill Bradley, at the National Defense University and in the U.S. Department of Energy.
As an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, he served in Vietnam and Germany.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
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