Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer Discusses Nuclear Arms Reduction
On November 26, 2012 the U.S. Ambassador's Forum welcomed Ambassador Steven Pifer of the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe at an event hosted at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. Ambassador Pifer offered a presentation and discussion of the new Brookings book The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms, which he co-authored. Ambassador John F. Tefft and Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Schultz were on hand to welcome Ambassador Pifer with an audience of over 60 diplomats, scholars, students and media representatives.
In his introductory remarks Deputy Chief of Mission Schultz commented that "Steven is a man that has devoted his entire professional life to Ukraine and this region." Ambassador Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative and a senior fellow at the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe. He focuses on arms control, Russia and Ukraine. He has offered commentary regarding these issues on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio and VOA, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and Boston Globe, among others.
A retired foreign service officer, his more than 25 years with the State Department focused on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), U.S. ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997). In addition to Ukraine, he served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow and London as well as with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva.
About the U.S. Ambassador's Forum
The U.S. Ambassador’s Forum is a new leadership and policy series hosted by Ambassador John Tefft and aimed at creating a regular opportunity for the examination of the ideas, trends and forces impacting today’s world. The series brings prominent speakers, innovators and experts from the United States to Kyiv for an exchange of perspectives on issues facing Ukraine, the U.S. and the global community. The Forum’s selected invitees are leaders in a wide range of fields. This was the eighth Ambassador’s Forum.