Officials to examine consequences of Ukrainian defense reform

GARMISCH, Germany — About 50 senior government officials from Ukraine examine the social consequences of defense reform in a seminar in Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 26-27.

The seminar is the second in a series co-sponsored by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the NATO Liaison Office in Kiev as Ukraine begins a comprehensive reform of its security sector.

Participants will discuss issues associated with housing and military downsizing within a social and economic context, industrial cooperation, defense trade, public initiatives, and privatization of state-owned facilities and industries. The goal is for participants to reach consensus on how to harness each consequence to the benefit of Ukraine and make recommendations for the way ahead.

Participants will include officials from the ministries of finance, defense, foreign affairs, economy, interior and health; general staff; the Council on National Security and Defense; the National Institute for Strategic Studies; and members of parliament responsible for developing and supporting aspects of strategic defense planning. The seminar will consist of panel discussions led by experts including visiting faculty from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, followed by working groups in which participants will identify how and where to begin and the best approaches for planning the way ahead. The seminar will be conducted in Ukrainian and English. A strict policy of non-attribution will be used.

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