June 16, 2014; 7:45-10:00am
Harvard Club - Downtown, One Federal Street, 38th Floor, Boston, MA
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After Ukraine’s Elections. What's Next?
With Roman Rubchenko, founder of the Youkraine.org
and Sergei Konoplyov, Director of the Harvard Black Sea Security Program and U.S.-Russia Security Program
On May 25, 2014, Ukrainians elected a successor to the ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych. Ukraine has long been torn by controversy over its national identity, economic orientation, government corruption and linguistic future. Opposition to Yanukovych and his overthrow has led to an armed conflict between parts of the population with different visions for the future of the country. It has already resulted in the Crimea becoming part of the Russian Federation and to armed pro-Russian forces in the east refusing to accept the authority of a government dominated by Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev. Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire businessman, has been elected President with 54% of the vote. At his news conference in Kiev, he reiterated that European integration would be his priority. He added that in Sunday’s vote, the President and the whole country of Ukraine had changed. Has Ukraine changed and what will be its future?
Please join our breakfast seminar to discuss issues and opportunities related to Ukraine’s current political and economic situation after presidential elections with Roman Rubchenko, founder of Youkraine.org and Sergei Konoplyov, Director of the Harvard Black Sea Security Program and U.S.-Russia Security Program.
About Sergei Konoplyov: Sergei Konoplyov is the Director of the Harvard Black Sea Security Program and the U.S.-Russia Security Program. He served as Acting Director of the Eurasia Foundation on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in 1994-1996. A former officer of the Soviet Armed Forces, Sergei has served in several military missions in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia. A graduate of the Moscow Military Institute, he also holds a degree from Kyrgyz University in Journalism (cum laude) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. Since 1998, he has been a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London). He was also a NATO Fellow in 2000 and received his PhD at the Kiev Institute for International Relations. Since 2000, Sergei has served as Assistant to the Head of the National Security Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament. He has received awards from the Ministers of Defense of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.
About Roman Rubchenko: Roman recently graduated from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard as a Master in Public Administration. He is launching a nonprofit organization in Ukraine whose mission is to build a strong civil society and drive much-needed reforms in Ukraine. It aims to empower and motivate the youth, ages 15 to 25, through a mix of motivational speaking, online education, professional skill-building and mentoring. The work of Youkraine.org will help the youth believe in their power, clearly articulate their vision, organize themselves and demand better performance from the Ukrainian government and politicians. YOUkraine.org – if YOU want change, YOU have to drive it. Roman has a background in team sports & strategy consulting. He played basketball for LSU in college, professionally in 8 countries, and for the national teams of USSR and then later Ukraine. Following his retirement, Roman earned an MBA in corporate strategy from University of Michigan and went on to consult private clients and government in Europe and US for 7 years.
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