After five years of war, the conflict in Ukraine is effectively stalemated. Join Carnegie for a timely conversation on whether the arrival of a new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, can help break the deadlock. How should the Trump administration and its European allies respond to this new political reality and continued provocative Russian actions in eastern Ukraine?

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Amb. Kurt Volker will deliver a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion with leading experts and former government officials.

Travel for participants in this event was made possible with the support of the Embassies of Lithuania and Poland.


Amb. Kurt Volker is the U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations and executive director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership.


Charles Kupchan is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor of international affairs at Georgetown University. He served as the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2014 to 2017.

Marek Menkiszak is the head of the Russia Department at the Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw, Poland.

Oxana Shevel is an associate professor in political science at Tufts University where her research focuses on Ukraine and other post-communist countries.

Amb. Petras Vaitiekūnas, formerly Lithuania's foreign minister and ambassador to Ukraine (2010 to 2014), is an adviser to the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (2014 to present).


Andrew S. Weiss is the James Family chair and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.