In April 2012, experts in a Freedom House assessment mission traveled to Ukraine and had a number of meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Viktor Yanukovych, leaders of the political opposition, and civil society leaders, in order to produce a thorough assessment of the state of democracy in Ukraine. This report follows a 2011 study “Sounding the Alarm: Protecting Democracy in Ukraine”, supported by the International Renaissance Foundation.
David J. Kramer
The Atlantic Council
The Atlantic Council
David J. Kramer is President of Freedom House, which he joined in October 2010. Prior to joining Freedom House, Kramer was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Before joining GMF, Kramer served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from March 2008 to January 2009. He also was a 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. Previously, he served as a Professional Staff Member in the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning. Kramer has also served an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University.
Robert Nurick is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a consultant in Washington, DC. From 2003 to 2009 he was Senior Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and prior to that served as Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. His previous positions have included Senior Political Scientist at RAND and Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He has also worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
Damon Wilson is Executive Vice President at the Atlantic Council. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, and prior to that as Director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European Affairs, a post in which he managed interagency policy toward Ukraine. Wilson has held various positions at the Department of State dealing with European security, and served as Deputy Director of the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson.
Two highly respected Ukrainian experts – Victoria Syumar and Olexander Sushko – also joined in the assessment mission, but are unfortunately unable to attend this presentation.
Light refreshments will be served.