Resignation of anti-Russian deputy assistant Secretary for Defense exposes deep divisions within the Administration over Syria and Ukraine

Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, will resign at the end of October.


As high officials at the American Department of Defense say, Farkas “has been deeply involved in securing $244 million in support for Ukraine”, and breaching contacts with the Russian military given disagreements with Moscow.

She also contributed to the strengthening of cooperation with Georgia and supported Montenegro’s joining the NATO. Today, there are deep divisions in the Administration on the supply of weaponry to the Ukrainian government, and on how to react to the Russian acts in Syria.

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Dr. Farkas is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Security Studies, Women in International Security Studies, and on the advisory board for the Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations and the Aspen Institute Socrates Scholar Program.  WikipediaFrom April 2001 to April 2008, she served as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Her issue areas included foreign and defense policy in Asia Pacific, Western Hemisphere,Special Operations Command (policy and budget oversight), foreign military assistance, peace and stability operations, the military effort to combat terrorism, counternarcotics programs, homeland defense, and export control policy. Prior to assuming that position she served for four years on the faculty of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University as assistant professorand then associate professor of international relations. She served in Bosnia for five months as a human rights officer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during 1996, and as an election supervisor in 1997.


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