August 17, 2023
August 17, 2023

How Russia can be forced to pay war reparations to Ukraine


This webinar features two prominent lawyers, Professor Philip Zelikow of the University of Virginia and Former Counsellor of the U.S. Department of State, and Yuliya Ziskina of Razom. They argue that in line with international law and the resolution of the UN General Assembly of November 14, 2022, Western countries that hold roughly $350 billion of Russian state assets frozen should transfer them into a central bank escrow account, held in trust for Ukrainian reconstruction efforts. In this way, Russia would be forced to pay war reparations to Ukraine.

Webinar produced by Michael Buryk, USUF advisor.


Nadia McConnell
is the Co-Founder and President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF). She has previously served as Director of Congressional Relations at the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and then as Deputy Assistant Administrator of NASA for Congressional Affairs in the Reagan Administration.
Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia and in Fall 2023 will transition to Stanford University as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His scholarship focuses on critical episodes in American and world history,including most recently The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Turning Point of the Great War, 1916-17. An attorney and former career diplomat who has served at all levels of American government, his federal service includes work in the five administrations from Reagan through Obama. He has also led three bipartisan national commissions: the 2001 Carter-Ford commission on federal election reform, the 9/11 Commission in 2003-04, and the Covid Crisis Group, whose acclaimed report, Lessons from the Covid War, was published in April 2023. 
Yuliya Ziskina is the Principal Author of the New Lines Institute report, Multilateral Asset Transfer: A Proposal for Ensuring Reparations to Ukraine, and a Legal Advisor to Razom for Ukraine. A public policy and intellectual property lawyer focused on international law, open access information policy, and ethics, she was previously a Fellow at the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency and the U.S. Department of Justice, and a former prosecutor at the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board and King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Anders Åslund
is a senior fellow at the Stockholm Free World Forum and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. A leading specialist on the East European economies,he has authored 16 books, most recently with Andrius Kubilius, Reconstruction,Reform, and EU Accession for Ukraine, Stockholm: Free World, 2023. He has advised the Russian and Ukrainian governments and earned his D.Phil. from Oxford University. He is chairing the economic task force of the US-Ukraine Foundation.