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04/19/24: Ukraine: Democracy’s Front Line
Friday, April 19, 2024, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT
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Join the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on Friday, April 19 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM for "Ukraine: Democracy's Front Line," a dynamic discussion featuring Oleksandra Matviichuk, a leading human rights defender from Ukraine and founder of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Center for Civil Liberties, and Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, NDI President. 

The participants will explore the importance of Ukraine to the global democratic, rights-affirming movement and what needs to be done at the national and global levels to consolidate democracy's frontline.  In doing so, Oleksandra Matviichuk will share insights into her work at the Center for Civil Liberties and Euromaidan SOS, focusing on protecting human rights, investigating war crimes,  and fostering democracy in Ukraine and the OSCE region. Drawing from her expertise in promoting democratic values, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Wittes will explore this critical moment in democracy worldwide and NDI's work in working for democracy and making democracy work for all citizens.  Together, they will highlight the intersection of their efforts and discuss the importance of defending and renewing democracy in today's global landscape.

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Friday, April 19, 2024
9:00 - 10:30 AM ET

NDI Office
455 Massachusetts Ave NW #800
Washington, DC 20001

9:00 AM - Doors Open
9:30 AM - Program Begins
10:10 AM - Audience Q&A
10:30 PM - Event Concludes


Oleksandra Matviichuk is a human rights defender who works on issues in Ukraine and the OSCE region. At present she heads the human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties, and also coordinates the work of the initiative group Euromaiden SOS. The activities of the Center for Civil Liberties are aimed at protecting human rights and establishing democracy in Ukraine and the OSCE region. The organization is developing legislative changes, exercises public oversight over law enforcement agencies and judiciary, conducts educational activities for young people and implements international solidarity programs.

Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes became the fourth president of NDI in 2024. Before joining the Institute, she served as Director of Foreign Assistance in the U.S Department of State. Previously, she led the Russia sanctions effort for the State Department's sanctions coordination office. Dr. Wittes also served in the State Department from 2009 - 2012 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings. Dr. Wittes spent nearly twenty years as a foreign policy scholar at the Brookings Institution, including as director of its Center for Middle East Policy. Her analysis focused on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, political and economic change in the region, and the Arab-Israel conflict. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where she has taught courses in international relations, Middle East policy, and security studies. Dr. Wittes was one of the first recipients of the Rabin-Peres Peace Award, established by President Bill Clinton in 1997. Dr. Wittes has published three books, most recently Foreign Policy Careers for PhDs: A Practical Guide to a World of Possibilities (Georgetown University Press, 2023). She holds a bachelor’s in Judaic and Near Eastern studies from Oberlin College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Government from Georgetown University. She is a founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security, and served on the board of the National Democratic Institute from 2014 - 2022. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security. A native of Michigan, Dr. Wittes lives in Washington, D.C., where she tends a robust pollinator garden. 

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