37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Ukraine: The Human Price of War


KYIV, UKRAINE - 23.03.2022.

At the one-year mark of Russia’s deadly war in Ukraine, the Miller Center partners with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Virginia Film Festival for a screening of Ukraine: The Human Price of War, a series of short documentary films about the war. A panel including humanitarian and military experts from CSIS, a leader from the United States Agency for International Development, and a public health expert joining live from Ukraine together discuss the human consequences of the war for Ukrainians, the direction the conflict is heading, and the prospects for diplomacy moving forward.

This event will be followed by a discussion with Sarah Charles (via Zoom), Tetiana Deshko (via Zoom), Seth Jones, J. Stephen Morrison.

This event is co-sponsored by The Miller Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Virginia Film Festival.


Sarah Charles headshot

Sarah Charles (via Zoom)

Sarah Charles was appointed by President Joe Biden as the assistant to the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she heads the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). Prior to BHA, Charles was the senior director for policy and advocacy for the International Rescue Committee. She held leadership roles at USAID from 2009 to 2013 and was a member of the National Security Council from 2013 to 2017, first as the director for humanitarian affairs—leading worldwide assistance for emergencies in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, and elsewhere—and then as the director and acting senior director for strategic planning—coordinating the Obama White House’s response to the global refugee and migration crisis. Charles holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MPA from Princeton University.


Tetiana Deshko (via Zoom)

Tetiana Deshko, a public health expert in Ukraine, is the director of international programs for the Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine. She has worked extensively on the issue of HIV/AIDS since 2001, leading the development of field programs to implement a national HIV/AIDS strategy. Her initiatives have resulted in the decline in new infections in the country. Ukraine’s approach is considered a regional model for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and is internationally recognized as a guide to best response practices for concentrated HIV epidemics. Deshko manages international and multi-county projects in Eastern Europe, Asia, and East Africa. She holds an MBA degree and a PhD in social sciences.


Seth Jones

Seth G. Jones is senior vice president, Harold Brown Chair, director of the International Security Program, and director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to joining CSIS, Jones was the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation and held earlier roles supporting the U.S. Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. His most recent book is Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran, and the Rise of Irregular Warfare (W.W. Norton, 2021). He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago.


J. Stephen Morrison

J. Stephen Morrison, the Miller Center’s James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor, is a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. He founded and directs CSIS’s Global Health Policy Center, which concentrates on the geopolitical and national security dimensions of U.S. leadership in international health, with an emphasis on bipartisanship and multilateral institutions, partnerships with private industry, foundations, advocates, and the faith community. Morrison has spearheaded work that shapesdecisions in Congress and the administration on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, reproductive health, gender equity, immunizations, and health security, including pandemic preparedness, acceleration of technological innovations, and coping with anti-science and a polluted digital world.



Thursday, February 23


4:00 PM


The Miller Center

Film Info

Director: J. Stephen Morrison, Justin Kenny

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2022

Country: Ukraine

Language: English