David Kramer’s presentation of the book “Back to Containment: Dealing with Putin's Regime”

10 October, 16:47

The Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation invites you to attend the presentation of the book “Back to Containment: Dealing with Putin's Regime” by David J. KRAMER within the Discussion Club «Open World».

David Kramer is the former Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and was previously President of Freedom House, and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 26 at 19:00, at Bohdan Khmelnytsky str. 8/16, «Ukrinform».

In his first book, “Back to Containment: Dealing with Putin’s Regime,” David J. Kramer traces the rise of Vladimir Putin and the U.S.-Russia relationship over the course of the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He argues that the Putin regime is a serious threat to the United States and the Western world and that the United States needs to develop a tougher policy of containment and pushback. Indeed, he writes that the very nature of Putin’s regime makes real cooperation between Russia and the United States virtually impossible, except perhaps on arms control and non-proliferation, though even there cooperation is far from automatic. Putin’s aggressive, bloody responses to perceived threats, internal and external, make him an unsavory interlocutor, to say the least. Under his rule, Russia does not fulfill the agreements it signs and frequently violates international norms.

During the event, the guests will have the opportunity to talk with Mr. Kramer about the impact of US-Russian relations on Ukraine and how to keep the question of annexation of the Crimea and the war in Donbas still actual.

Participation in the event is free. The registration for the event is required at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/o2ipmJ9Yil1bB3h92

The working language of the meeting is English.

For your information:

Discussion Club «Open World» is an educational project of the «Open Ukraine» Foundation for socially active young people. Its goal is to raise a new generation of responsible leaders. Every month the Foundation holds lectures with renowned experts, politicians and public figures, during which they discuss ways of effective solutions to social problems in Ukraine and in the world.

David J. KRAMER is the former Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and was previously President of Freedom House. Prior to that, he was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Mr. Kramer served eight years in the U.S. Department of State, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus affairs as well as regional non-proliferation issues); Professional Staff Member in the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning; and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Global Affairs.

Mr. Kramer has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Before joining the U.S. Government, he was a Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century, Associate Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Assistant Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

David Kramer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Halifax International Security Forum, a Member of the Advisory Council for the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Human Freedom Project, and a Member of the Advisory Council for CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis). He received his M.A. in Soviet Studies from Harvard University and his B.A. in Soviet Studies and Political Science from Tufts University.

Mr. Kramer is currently a Senior Fellow in the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.

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