On Thursday June 7 U.S.-Ukraine Business Council hosted a briefing with Ambassador John Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Washington, D.C. Ambassador Herbst is one of the leading experts, analysts, commentators and writers in the United States on Ukraine. 

In the picture left to right: Edi Segura, The Bleyzer Foundation; Alex McWhorter, Citi Bank  Ukraine; Michael Bleyzer, SigmaBleyzer; John Herbst, Atlantic Coucnil; Morgan Williams, USUBC; Tan Parker, Member, Texas House of Representatives; Vadim Pozharskiy, Burisma

He provided his great insight on the recent developments of the war in Donbass, EU and US sanction policies again Russia, Ukrainian political situation, progress of reforms in Ukraine. The discussion also included such issues as Nordstream 2, US effort to support energy independence of Ukraine and many other topics that are on the agenda of U.S.-Ukraine relations.

The event was attended by USUBC members from AgroGeneration, Archer Daniel Midland ADM, Astarta, Baker & McKenzie, Burisma, Center for International Private Enterprise, Citibank, Delta Airlines, Depsol Technilogies, IMI-Kyiv, Iskander Energy, KPMG, Rapoport Capital, Reanimation Package of Reforms, Sigma Bleyzer, US Foundation People of Ukraine, US-Ukraine Foundation, Westinghouse, The Bleyzer Foundation, Kyiv Atlantic Group. Our special thanks go to Sigma Bleyzer for providing their offices for the meeting. We also want to that Ambassador Herbst, a former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and is a Senior Advisor to the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), for his continuous support for Ukraine and USUBC members. 



In the picture: Q&A session; Mykola Kovalsky, Astarta

A Special Thank you to SigmaBleyzer, a member of USUBC, for hosting this event in Kyiv!

Ambassador Herbst served for thirty-one years as a Foreign Service officer in the US Department of State, retiring at the rank of career-minister. He was US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006, when he worked to enhance US-Ukrainian relations, help ensure the conduct of a fair Ukrainian presidential election, and prevent violence during the Orange Revolution.

Prior to that, he was ambassador to Uzbekistan (2000-03), where he played a critical role in the establishment of an American base to help conduct Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also promoted improved US-Uzbek relations, in part by encouraging the government in Tashkent to improve its human rights record.

In his last four years at the State Department, he served as the coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization, leading the US government's civilian capacity in societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, and to provide support to countries at risk of instability. He oversaw the establishment of the Civilian Response Corps of the United States, the US civilian rapid response force for reconstruction and stabilization operations overseas.

Ambassador Herbst previously served as US consul general in Jerusalem; principal deputy to the ambassador-at-large for the Newly Independent States; the director of the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs; director of regional affairs in the Near East Bureau; and at the embassies in Tel Aviv, Moscow, and Saudi Arabia.

He most recently served as director of the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University. He has received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award, and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Ambassador Herbst has written book chapters, articles, and op-eds on stability operations in Central Asia, Ukraine, and Russia. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy. He has been a frequent guest discussing the Ukraine crisis on television and radio.

Ambassador Herbst earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master of Law and Diplomacy, with distinction, from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He also attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center.