NCSEJ leadership met with many leaders from Eurasia on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week. I want to highlight two meetings in particular. On Sunday, September 26, NCSEJ and representatives of its member agencies met with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. We discussed a number of pertinent issues, including anti-Semitism, recent desecrations of the Babi Yar memorial in Kyiv, and Ukraine's relations with Israel. We expressed our support for Ukraine in overcoming the serious challenges the country has faced for the last two years.
Today we hosted a meeting with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili. Participants included members of Georgia's parliament, presidential advisors, member agencies representatives, and members of the NCSEJ Board of Governors. President Margvelashvili spoke about Georgia's Western-oriented foreign policy, emphasizing Georgia's strong relationship with the United States and Israel. He also highlighted the history of Georgia's vibrant Jewish community, which has peacefully coexisted with other ethnic groups in Georgia for centuries. Other issues discussed included regional security, Iran, and avenues for U.S.-Georgia bilateral cooperation, such as free trade and visa liberalization.
|President Margvelashvili, second from left (photo: Ron Sachs/CNP)
In a meeting with members of a World Jewish Congress delegation last week, Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk strongly condemned recent desecrations of the Babi Yar memorial, and said that the government is pursuing an "extremely comprehensive and impartial investigation of these shameful incidents." NCSEJ, international Jewish organizations, and the local Jewish community have all pressed Ukrainian authorities to institute measures to prevent incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism.
Russia's increasing involvement in Syria is raising many questions and concerns. The update includes a number of articles that analyze Russia's motivations in Syria, and potential implications for the United States and Israel. I also want to highlight a Steven Lee Myers piece in
, detailing domestic developments in Russia that help explain motivations behind President Putin's foreign policies.
I also recommend a
backgrounder on Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary elections this Sunday, describing the major actors and political parties, and analyzing potential implications of the election outcome on the country and the region.
In addition, I want to highlight a
in-depth interview with President Poroshenko about the conflict in Ukraine, Russia's intentions in the region, and what the West can do to help Ukraine.
Mark B. Levin