More and more Crimea is being mentioned in in articles and discussions about the war that seem to see the peninsula about a subject for negotiation. Crimea is far more than occupied real estate. Without Crimea Ukraine and the west will have rewarded Putin’s barbaric behavior, his war crimes, his genocide, and left him a platform from which he can control Ukraine and its economy – and where he can prepare for the next phase of his war against the west. Moderator: Robert McConnell Co-Founder of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, serves as the Director of External Relations for the Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN). He served as Assistant Attorney General throughout Reagan’s first term. Panelists: Ian Brzezinski American foreign policy and military affairs expert. Brzezinski is a resident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and is a member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group. Luke CoffeySenior fellow at Hudson Institute. His work analyzes national security and foreign policy, with a focus on Europe, Eurasia, NATO, and transatlantic relations. Alexander VershbowDistinguished fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and Eurasia Center. Ambassador Vershbow has been U.S. Ambassador to Russia, deputy secretary general of NATO and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for international security affairs. Member of FOUN. Ben Hodges United States Army (Ret.) Former Commanding General, United States Army Europe. He is currently Senior Advisor, Human Rights 1st. Member of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN)
Debra Cagan Distinguished Energy Fellow at the Transatlantic Leadership Network. She has been a career State Department diplomat and Defense Department official including serving as Deputy Assistant secretary of Defense for Coalition, and Senior Director for European, Russian and Eurasian security issues; Special Adviser for Strategic and Nuclear Policy for Europe; Senior Adviser to U.S. and NATO military officials. John Herbst Senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and 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. He is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network and chairs its Task Force on National Security.