Location: The Charles Hotel
RSVP required by Dec. 3: bit.ly/2XF9Tqm
In December 1994, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation pledged security assurances to Ukraine in connection with its accession to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear-weapons state. The signature of the so-called Budapest Memorandum concluded arduous negotiations that resulted in Ukraine’s surrender of its nuclear arsenal, the world’s third-largest, which the country inherited from the collapsed Soviet Union. The signatories of the memorandum pledged to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability of its borders, and to refrain from the use or threat of military force. After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and aggression in eastern Ukraine, the meaning and value of security commitments pledged to Ukraine in 1994 has become a contentious and hotly debated issue.
This one-day conference aims to revisit the history of the Budapest Memorandum; consider the repercussions of its violation for international security and the broader nonproliferation regime; and draw lessons for the future. The conference brings together academics, practitioners, and experts who have contributed to developing U.S. policy toward post-Soviet nuclear disarmament, participated in the negotiations of the Budapest Memorandum, and dealt with the repercussions of its breach in 2014. Participants include Graham Allison, Mariana Budjeryn, Matthew Bunn, Ash Carter, Thomas Graham Jr., Susan Koch, Steve Pifer, Mary Sarotte, Yuriy Sergeyev, Ihor Smeshko, Nikolai Sokov, Borys Tarasyuk, William Tobey, and more.
Speakers and Presenters
Graham Allison, Mariana Budjeryn, Matthew Bunn, Ash Carter, Thomas Graham Jr., Susan Koch, Steve Pifer, Mary Sarotte, Yuriy Sergeyev, Ihor Smeshko, Nikolai Sokov, Borys Tarasyuk, William Tobey, and more
Center for US-Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR) and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI)