LESSONS FROM THE EDGE: A CONVERSATION WITH FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE MARIE YOVANOVITCH - A dedicated foreign service officer who held three ambassadorships in the countries of the former Soviet Union, Marie Yovanovitch most recently served as the US ambassador to Ukraine, where she was targeted by a “smear campaign” and abruptly recalled from her post in Kyiv. She has been a tireless advocate for democracy, political reform, and anti-corruption efforts and has held senior roles in the US State Department.
Now, Ambassador Yovanovitch retells her powerful story from the beginning in her new memoir. Starting with her family’s roots in the Soviet Union to her grueling return to the United States from Ukraine, she recounts the pressure she faced and the courage she called on during the first impeachment inquiry of former President Trump.
In a one-on-one discussion with Melinda Haring, then deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, Ambassador Yovanovitch discussed her memoir, Russia’s war on Ukraine, what the West needs to do next, and why Ukraine must win. Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and former colleague of Ambassador Yovanovitch in Ukraine, provided introductory remarks.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 04/26/22