The Eagle and the Trident: The Past and Future of U.S.-Ukraine Relations
October 19, 2017


Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States devoted greater attention to Ukraine than any other post-Soviet state (except Russia). The relationship between the two countries moved from heady days in the mid-1990s, when they declared a strategic partnership, to troubled times after 2002.

Throughout the mid-to-late 1990s and first years of the aughts, the United States generally succeeded in its major goals in Ukraine, notably the safe transfer of nearly 2,000 strategic nuclear weapons left there after the Soviet collapse. Washington also provided robust support for Ukraine’s effort to develop into a modern, democratic, market-oriented state. But these efforts aimed at reforming the state proved only modestly successful, leaving a nation that was not resilient enough to stand up to Russian aggression in Crimea in 2014…

Steven Pifer, a career Foreign Service officer, who worked on U.S.-Ukraine relations at the State Department and the White House during that period and also served as ambassador to Ukraine, will discuss the relationship between the two countries from 1992 to 2002. He will provide an in depth look at how the foundations of the relationship with an independent Ukraine, and the troubled times after 2002, have led to the Ukraine we know today.


Book available for sale:
The Eagle and the Trident

About the Author
Steven Pifer is a nonresident senior fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, and the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. He focuses on nuclear arms control, Ukraine, and Russia. He has offered commentary on these issues on National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, CNN, Fox News, BBC, and VOA, and his articles have run in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, National Interest, Moscow Times, and Kyiv Post, among others. He is the author of The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, PA 19107

5:30 p.m. Registration opens
5:30 to 6 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Program
7 p.m. Conclusion
7 to 7:20 p.m. Book signing

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