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To many Kyivans, H. Brian Mefford is known as a khaki-wearing, diehard supporter of the Republican Party whose slight Southern twang isn’t cloaked when speaking Ukrainian – one of the few foreigners who know the language outside of the diaspora.

It’s no surprise that he headed the International Republican Institute’s Kyiv office for a decade until 2009, teaching election and campaign skills to all established Ukrainian parties.

In the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election campaign, Mefford was part of an international team of political advisors to Viktor Yushchenko’s camp. Today he’s an independent political consultant who found time to return to his native Arkansas in the summer to campaign for a local politician.

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