May 17 Program on Ukraine

AAFSW cordially invites you to a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the current and historic challenges and opportunities faced by Ukraine.

Our distinguished speaker will be His Excellency Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, Ukraine’s representative to the United States. This interesting and informative program will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room on the 8th floor at the State Department.

Please RSVP to AAFSW by emailing or calling and mail your check for $18.00 made out to AAFSW Reservations to 4001 North Ninth Street, Suite 214 Arlington, Virginia 22203 before Friday, May 13.

Please come to the “C” Street entrance of the Department of State (between 21st and 23rd Street NW) at approximately 10:00 a.m. As you enter, rather than reporting to the main desk, please go to the smaller table (usually to your right) where we will be waiting to escort you.

We will have an informal coffee (and tea) social time, which begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by the presentation beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending no later than noon.

We look forward to seeing you.
Sheila Switzer
AAFSW Program Chair

Ambassador Valeriy Chaly

Mr. Valeriy Chaly assumed his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the USA in July 2015. On November 24 2015, by the President of Ukraine appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Antigua and Barbuda with Residence in the U.S. In June 2014 Valeriy Chaly was appointed as Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Ukraine following his foreign policy advisory to Mr. Poroshenko during his presidential campaign.

During the work as Deputy Director General of a leading Ukrainian think tank, Razumkov Centre, in 2006-2009 and 2010-2014, Mr. Chaly supervised the foreign policy, international law and security programs. Throughout the course of his NGO career Mr. Chaly developed a significant expertise gaining a wide recognition in Ukraine and internationally.

In November 2009 Valeriy Chaly was appointed as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. He resigned in April 2010 in protest against the foreign and security policy pursued by the then President Victor Yanukovych. Following his resignation Mr. Chaly resumed his work at the Razumkov Centre and advised the Foreign Relations Committee of Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.

Valeriy Chaly’s earlier public sector career also included service as Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council (1997-1999) and Senior Consultant at the Assistants’ Group to the President of Ukraine (1995).

In 1995 he graduated with the postgraduate international law studies from the Institute of International Relations, National Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv and in 1992 from Vinnytsia State Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of History.