Olexander Motsyk, ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, will visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. During his visit, he will provide remarks about “Ukraine in Global Politics: Relations with Russia, Europe and the U.S.” at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center.
After his remarks, Ambassador Motsyk will participate in a roundtable discussion with UNC faculty members, including Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, and Robert Jenkins, director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. The Ambassador will be accompanied on his visit by Stanislav Yezhov, counselor at the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, D.C.
The Ukrainian ambassador is the second dignitary to visit UNC in conjunction with the “Ambassadors Forum” organized by the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship, the Center for European Studies and the Department of History. This forum featuring the Ukrainian ambassador is also sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. The forum brings to campus prominent diplomats, politicians and business leaders to give public lectures and conduct seminars and workshops for graduate students. Students have the opportunity to engage first-hand with international leaders and thus obtain insights into the practical application of their study of history, political science, European studies and international relations.
Ambassador Olexander Motsyk was born in 1955 and was educated at Kyiv State University, graduating summa cum laude in 1981 from the Department of International Law. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 1981 and has held numerous positions throughout his diplomatic career, such as second secretary in the Department of International Organizations, director general in the Directorate General for Treaties and Legal Affairs, deputy state secretary and first deputy minister for European integration. He was named ambassador to the Republic of Turkey in 1991, and prior to his current appointment in 2010, he served as ambassador to the Republic of Poland. Motsyk has headed a number of Ukrainian delegations in the U.N. and other international organizations, as well as in negotiations with the Russian Federation, Romania and Moldova. He is also the author of numerous essays and articles in the fields of international law and international relations. In 2010, he received the Commander Cross and Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor, Department of History, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919.962.8079
Erica Edwards, executive director, Center for European Studies, email@example.com, 919.962.6765