Ukrainian and American soldiers train together near Yavoriv, Ukraine in 2017 (7th Army Training Command / flickr).
April 19, 2023| Member Event | Washington, D.C.

Ukraine’s Battlefield: What are the Options for Sustained U.S. Engagement?

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Event Overview

Please join us for an in-depth luncheon conversation with Piotr Trabinski and Chris Bedford (brief bios below), moderated by Common Sense Society President and C.E.O., Marion Smith.
Our speakers will offer insights on the war’s strategic significance, as well as its economic, military, diplomatic, and geopolitical consequences. First, we will examine Russia and Ukraine’s military activities and point out how this war differs from others. We will assess both countries’ challenges and consider the multiple possibilities ahead for the United States. Should we prepare for peace and reconstruction while continuing to provide military assets? In light of battlefield realities, how do we gauge public support here, and in Europe? What tools can the international community implement to change the trajectory of the war other than sanctions?

We ask you to schedule ninety minutes for this event to allow for a robust exchange of thoughts and ideas after our speakers have presented. RSVP by April 14 to Alex Pack at


This is part of our Common Sense Conversation Series. It is exclusive to CSS members and invited guests and will take place on April 19 at 12:00. Not a member yet? Explore our membership options today. 

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Featured Speaker

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Mr. Piotr Trabinski

Piotr Trabinski is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a former International Monetary Fund executive director, where he worked on fiscal and monetary policies, financial sector supervision, central bank digital currencies, fintech regulation, anti-money laundering, and combating terrorism financing. Prior to that, he worked in Poland’s banking sector where he held corporate senior managerial positions and spearheaded IT projects. He has a J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Warsaw, an M.Eng. in computer science and cybersecurity from the George Washington University, and an M.A. in international relations from The Institute of World Politics. 

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Mr. Chris Bedford

Christopher Bedford is the executive editor at Common Sense Society, where he is responsible for CSS’s print and online publications. Formerly, he was a senior editor atThe Federalist, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller News Foundation, and editor-in-chief of The New Guard magazine. He is currently vice chairman of Young Americans for Freedom and on the boards of The Daily Caller News Foundation and National Journalism Center. He is a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, a Pulliam Fellow at Hillsdale College, and a Madison Fellow. He has been published in The American MindNational Review, and the New York Post, and he is a frequent guest on Fox News and Fox Business.

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