Ukrainian Dialogue: The Political Philosophies of President Zelensky

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Join us for a conversation between our guests, Ambassador of Ukraine, Volodymyr Yelchenko, Senior Advisor for Emerging Threats and Division Chief in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Eugene Fishel, and Chief Editor of the Kyiv Post, Brian Bonner regarding the political philosophies of President Zelensky. Manor College President, Jonathan Peri, Ph.D., JD, will facilitate the discussion.

Presented by Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union

Join us for a conversation between our guests—Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Eugene Fishel, Division Chief of Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State and Brian Bonner, Chief Editor of Kyiv Post—regarding the political philosophies of President Zelensky. Manor College President, Jonathan Peri, Ph.D., JD, will facilitate the discussion.

Volodymyr Yelchenko has been serving as the Ambassador of Ukraine since 2019. Previously to his appointment as the ambassador, he was the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. Prior to that was the Ambassador of Ukraine to Russia. Between 1997 and 2000 he acted as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations in New York. From December 2000 till his next post he served at various senior posts within the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine. In 2005 – 2006 he was Ukraine’s Ambassador to Austria, in 2006 – 2010 Mr. Yelchenko served as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organisations in Vienna, Austria. Volodymyr Yelchenko served as Ambassador of Ukraine to the Russian Federation. On 17 March 2014, during the 2014 Crimean crisis, Yelchenko was recalled from Moscow for consultations in regard to the situation with Crimea. On December 9, 2015, Yelchenko was appointed Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.

Eugene Fishel is Senior Advisor for Emerging Threats and a Division Chief in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor for Russian Malign Activities and Trends in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.  He has held a variety of other posts in the U.S. Government, including Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council, Special Advisor to the Vice President (National Security Affairs), and Assistant National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council.  Mr. Fishel has also worked at Embassies Kyiv and Minsk and has taught in an adjunct capacity at George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, and Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.  He has completed the Mid-Career Fellow program at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Senior Executives in National and International Security program at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Prior to joining the Department of State in 1991, Mr. Fishel was a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy.  He holds degrees in Political Science, International Relations, and National Security Strategy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and National Defense University (National War College).

Brian Bonner became chief editor of the Kyiv Post on June 9, 2008. He also held the job in 1999, three years after first arriving in Ukraine to teach journalism. Bonner spent most of his career with the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, where he covered international, national and local news for more than 20 years as a staff writer and assigning editor. Besides Ukraine, he has also reported from Russia, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. In 2007-2008, he served as Associate Director of international communications at the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C. He also worked as an election expert on six observation missions with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan between 1999 and 2013. He was a regional coordinator of the Danish-funded Objective Investigative Reporting Program from 2013-2017. He is a member of the supervisory board of the Media Development Foundation, a non-profit group founded by Kyiv Post journalists in 2013 to promote investigative journalism, training of journalists and exchanges. In 2017, he was elected to a two-year term as a member of the European Business Association’s board of directors.

 

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