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What is the United States' goal in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict? Join us for an in-depth discussion led by experts General Philip Breedlove USAF (ret.) and Robert McConnell, Co-Founder of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.

From January 24, 2022 to November 20, 2022, the United States has given over $48 billion in aid to Ukraine, with 48% of that being military aid, which is $18 billion more than the EU. Following the visit of Ukrainian President Voldymr Zelensky in December 2022, another $47 billion in aid was approved by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden.

Our panelists will delve into the historical context of the conflict, the current state of affairs, and the motivations and goals of the United States in this conflict. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in lively discussions with our experts. The event will provide a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding the conflict, and help attendees to form their own opinions about the United States' role in it.

General Breedlove is a highly decorated military veteran who has served as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Robert McConnell is a respected expert on U.S.-Ukraine relations and the co-founder of a foundation that promotes cooperation between the two countries.

Whether you are a student of international relations, a concerned citizen, or simply someone interested in current events, this event will provide valuable insights and a thought-provoking discussion.

Lunch will be provided.


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration and Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


  • General Philip Breedlove (Former 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe at U.S. Air Force (ret.))

    General Philip Breedlove

    Former 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe at U.S. Air Force (ret.)

    General Breedlove is a retired four-star general in the United States Air Force who, among many other assignments served as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, from May 2013 until May 4, 2016. He previously served as the commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe which he concurrently served as commander of U.S. Air Forces Africa, commander of Air Component Command, Ramstein, and director of Joint Air Power Competence Center. For us here in Phoenix we also note General Breedlove did his undergraduate pilot training, at Williams Air Force Base, earned his Master of Science degree in aeronautical technology from Arizona State University and from June 2002 to June 2004, he commanded the 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base.

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  • Robert McConnell (Co-Founder of The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation)

    Robert McConnell

    Co-Founder of The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation

    Robert McConnell is the Co-Founder of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and the Director of External Affairs of the Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN). Among other things McConnell was Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, in the Reagan Administration, Legislative Assistant to the Honorable John J. Rhodes (R-AZ), Vice President-Washington CBS, and head of Legislative Advocacy for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. For us here in Phoenix we also note McConnell is a graduate of ASU where he was ASASU President, Founder of Devil’s Advocates and a member of ASU’s Founding Law School class. Robert’s wife and President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is also an ASU graduate, was the Founding President of the Devil’s Advocates, and they are the only married couple to have both been awarded ASU’s Alumni Achievement Award although separately and in different years.

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The West Hall at Arizona State University - Tempe, Room 135

1000 South Cady Mall
Tempe, Arizona

If you have any questions please contact Samuel Richardson

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Parking - There is visitor parking at the following garages. Please observe all ASU signage, as availability may change.

  • $3/hour - ASU Tenth Street Parking Garage - Mill Ave and E 10th St
  • $3/hour - ASU Apache Boulevard Parking Garage - E Apache and S College