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How Could Frozen Russian Assets be Used to Fund Ukraine’s Reconstruction?

Date & Time

Oct. 4, 2023
3:00pm – 4:00pm ET


Online Only


Moving beyond the debate as to whether frozen Russian assets should be used to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction, this panel will explore how it could be done. The Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity (REPO) for Ukrainians Act introduced in both the US House and Senate authorizes the government to seize these funds and outlines a procedure for the ultimate disposition of the monies after confiscation. Moderated by Robin Quinville, Director of the Global Europe Program, our panel comprising, Philip Zelikow, Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Robert Zoellick, US Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and President of the World Bank from 2007 to 2012, and Mark Kennedy, Director of the Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition will review these provisions and other options for applying frozen Russian assets to Ukrainian reconstruction.

Hosted By

Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

The Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition works to shape conversations and inspire meaningful action to strengthen technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy as part of American economic and global leadership that benefits the nation and the world.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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