Ambassador John Beyrle
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2008-12) and Bulgaria (2005-08)
About the Program
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine created new geopolitical realities and demonstrated a new level of assertiveness in Russian foreign policy. Whether fuelled by domestic politics, a desire for greater international recognition, or the imperative of preserving stability in its “near abroad,” Russia’s actions have galvanized international attention in ways not seen since the Cold War.
6:00 pm - Networking Reception and Hors D'oeuvres
6:30 - 7:45 pm - Talk and Q&A
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About Ambassador Beyrle
John Beyrle served as an American diplomat for more than three decades, focused on Central and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and Russia. He was twice appointed ambassador: to Bulgaria (2005-08), and to Russia (2008-12). His diplomatic service included two earlier tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, including as Deputy Chief of Mission. He also served as Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, and was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Arms Control Negotiations in Vienna. His Washington assignments include Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States, and Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council staff. Ambassador Beyrle received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from President Barak Obama, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush. In April 2012 Secretary of State Hilary Clinton presented him with the State Department’s highest honor, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award. Retired from the Foreign Service in 2012, Ambassador Beyrle serves on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations and investment firms. He speaks Bulgarian, Czech, French, German and Russian.