Ambassador Steven Pifer taps into 25 years of State Department experience to talk Ukraine-Russia

A one-time U.S. ambassador to Ukraine shares insights from his work focusing on relations with Europe and the Soviet Union, as well as arms control and security issues.

by | December 9, 2022

This month, the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations was pleased to host Ambassador Steven Pifer to discuss the ramifications and response of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

headshot of Ambassador Steven Pifer

Ambassador Steven Pifer

The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations seeks to promote study and discussion of the development, formulation, and implementation of United States foreign policies by means of a program of speakers, the organization of discussion and study groups, and the production and distribution of relevant materials.

A retired Foreign Service officer, Pifer’s 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), 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.

Listen to the talk at: Midcoast Forum, Amb. Pifer, December 2022.

Those interested in learning more about the Forum or seeing future speaker events can visit midcoastforum.org. The Maine Monitor will periodically share recordings of the Forum’s talks.

Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations

Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations

The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations seeks to promote study and discussion of the development, formulation, and implementation of United States foreign policies by means of a program of speakers, the organization of discussion and study groups, and the production and distribution of relevant materials.


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