In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Joseph Dresen, Senior Program Associate with the Kennan Institute. He recalls his travels to Kyiv and the Soviet Union during the week of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 and previews the Kennan Institute’s upcoming screening of the first episode of the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl.”  That June 26 event will feature a conversation with writer, creator, and executive producer Craig Mazin.

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F. Joseph Dresen is a senior program associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, where he is responsible for development issues, editing the Institute’s Kennan Cable series, and managing the Kennan Conversation program that brings Kennan experts to cities across the United States. He has edited and co-edited Institute publications on issues ranging from Russian energy, human rights, and rule of law issues. He has been interviewed on economic and policy issues on Voice of America and Voice of Russia. Prior to working at the Wilson Center, Joe was the principal administrative assistant from 1993-95 for the International Soros Science Education Program, which directed individual grants to educators and students in the hard sciences across Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Georgia. He has a master’s degree from George Mason University and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.