Since the beginning of interstate relations, one of the most important objectives of diplomacy is peaceful conflict resolution. In many cases, it is not hard to deteriorate the relationships between states through various disputes, actions, and discrepancies, but how is a foreign service capable of building trust back when it has diminished?

We would like to invite you to join us for a discussion on how to achieve lasting peace in Ukraine, featuring George Beebe, who is the Director of Grand Strategy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and previously served as the director of intelligence and national security at the Center for National Interest. During this event, we will examine various strategies and solutions to resolve the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

How can the diplomatic issues and the interests of great powers be addressed regarding conflict resolution? Is there a possibility of going back to diplomacy after bloodshed? How can we build trust, where there is none? We are going to tackle these, and many more interesting questions during this discussion.

Language: English


6.00-6.45 PM Moderated Discussion

  • George Beebe, Director of Grand Strategy, Quincy Institute
  • Moderator: Rajmund Kiss, Head of the Center for Diplomacy, MCC

6.45-7.00 PM Q&A

George Beebe
spent more than two decades in government as an intelligence analyst, diplomat, and policy advisor, including as director of the CIA’s Russia analysis, director of the CIA’s Open Source Center, and as a staff advisor on Russia matters to Vice President Cheney. His book, The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), warned how the United States and Russia could stumble into a dangerous military confrontation. Prior to joining QI, George was Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for the National Interest and before that he served as president of a technology company that measured the impact of events, issues, and advertising campaigns on audience views. He speaks Russian and German.

We welcome all those interested!


MCC Budapest Peace Forum