Projects

2019 CUSUR CALENDAR
 
Upcoming Events 2019
US-UA Security Dialogue X
Washington, DC
February 28, 2019
 
UA HES Special Event:
Sobornist' at 100
Ukrainian Museum
May 4, 2019   
 
US-UA BNS Special Event
Washington DC
May 23, 2019
 
US-UA WG Yearly Summit VI
Washington, DC
June 13, 2019

US-UA Energy Dialogue VI
Kyiv, Ukraine
August 29, 2019 
 
UA HES Special Event:
UA-AM Community at 125
Princeton Club/NY
September 21, 2019 
 
UA QUEST RT XX
Washington, DC
October 10, 2019
 
UA HES Forum VII:
LT-PL-UA Relations
Chicago
November 9, 2019   
 

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CUSUR 2016 - Project I
US-UA “Working Group” Initiative

The US-Ukraine “Working Group” Initiative was launched in 2007 in order to secure an array of experts in "areas of interest” for CUSUR and its various forums/proceedings; at the same time, it was hoped that the ‘experts’ might agree to write a series of ‘occasional papers’ to identify “major issues” impacting on US-Ukrainian relations.
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CUSUR 2017 - Project II
Publication Efforts

Recognizing the urgent need to set up proper channels for the maximum circulation of the information/analysis CUSUR possessed or had at its disposal, the Center long focused on having ‘a publication presence’ of some form or another.
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CUSUR 2018 - Project III
DC Occasional Briefings Series

CUSUR did not turn its attention to having a DC presence until summer 2012. Borrowing space when the need arose (particularly for various forum steering committees meetings) from the American Foreign Policy Council, its longest abiding partner, seemed to suffice; an Acela ride from the Center’s NY office did the rest. If there was a concern, it was to open an office in Kyiv.
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Opening Remarks

Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VII:
"Ukraine and NATO Membership"

Opening Remarks

William Green Miller

Opening remarks by William Green Miller, former US Ambassador to Ukraine, delivered during Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VII: "Ukraine and NATO Membership" Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC, October 17, 2006.

It’s a pleasure to be here with friends; some friends, I haven’t seen for 25 years, but many of you, I saw just a week ago [ed.--at the US-UA Policy Dialogue] and I simply want to welcome you back. For those of you here for the first time, welcome.

Our forum subject is crucial for Ukraine, namely, the issue of its future position in NATO. But I want to go at the matter in a different way and those who know me will know that I usually do that.

Ukraine belongs in NATO; there’s never been any doubt about that, from a strategic point of view. It's the big player, the most significant part of the former Soviet Union that should be a part of Europe.

It is also very clear, particularly since the Orange Revolution, that Ukraine is a democracy, in fact, a vibrant democracy. As we have seen recently, the process of building democratic institutions can be turbulent, full of unexpected reversals and twists and turns. Nonetheless, the people of Ukraine on the Maidan have emphatically embraced democracy as their system of governance.

Over the past two years, the people have been struggling with their leaders, with the choice of leaders, and how those leaders should respond to their wishes. Their wishes, of course, were made very clear on the Maidan and the program that Ukraine’s leaders ought to follow was made very clear on the Maidan. The problem has been for the institutions of governance, particularly the newly forming political parties, to translate the will of the people into meaningful political action.

As all of us know, and Ukrainians who are here know better than anyone else, that process has been very difficult, and has led to disappointment, disillusionment and argument. But, certainly in my view, and I know in the view of my Ukrainian friends: “Don't worry, it will turn out all right”. Whenever I express concern, they say: “Don't worry, It will be alright.” and I believe it.

Ukraine is a nation of music... this is perhaps not a NATO subject, but it should be. Anyone who has been to Ukraine or lived in Ukraine or been with Ukrainians, knows that when all else fails, they sing. When they sing, you should listen, because they tell you what they really think.

On the Maidan, we had remarkable parade of great singers from church choirs to pop stars. And, of course, the pop singers were saying what the people had in mind. All of those who were on the Maidan, as I was, heard Slava Vykarchuk and Okean Elzy; they were expressing what the people wanted. Maria Burmaka, Taras Petrenenko of “Ukraina” [fame], Ruslana, Oksana Bilozir and of course, the people on the podium themselves were singing, with their hand on their heart, about what the future of Ukraine should and would be. The world watched this. Certainly those who were close to Ukraine saw it directly and they knew that this was Ukraine's future. They knew that those songs, those pledges made on the Maidan, are the political agenda that has to be followed, no matter what the twists and turns of political organizations may be. Those pledges have to be honored, because that is in the memory of the people as a whole and it came from their hearts, as well as their experience.

So what has a song to do with NATO? Well it’s not an old song. In some respects, there are old songs, that is, hurdles for Ukraine to leap over, before it can enter. But these are minor things. Ukraine's entry into NATO is open to Ukraine, when it is ready to take that step. It is a matter for Ukraine to decide. Ukraine has proven itself to be a democratic state by a process of the last several years. It has proved that it can participate in turbulent politics without killing each other. It has proved that there can be free and fair elections. It is as democratic as any state that has already newly entered into NATO. The choice is Ukraine’s. When Ukrainians finally want to enter and make the political decision, there is no doubt that the West will respond well.

What is it that Ukraine and NATO have in common? Certainly in the military aspect of it all, which is only 30% of the real NATO mission, Ukraine has a crucial role to play. It has been playing such a role through the Partnership for Peace and through all of the work it has done since independence in peacekeeping. It has proved its worth. The further technical side of becoming an efficient military force is really a secondary matter. The most important element of NATO membership resides in common values, democratic values which Ukraine shares with Europe through the Orange Revolution.

What happened on the Maidan, the processes of the last two years, are proof for all to see that Ukraine has met the test of democratic processes. So the task that remains for all of us here as technicians and as advocates and as friends is to ease that process as much as we can and to welcome Ukraine as soon as possible into the association of democratic states that we now call NATO. Maybe we can or will find a better name, but the subtext is an “association of democratic states”, with shared values of “decency, human rights and concern for the welfare of their people, living in peace”. So I welcome you all here, and I look forward to the deliberations, which will take place over the next two days and wish you all success.

 

Past Highlight Events

RT XVII Items of Note
Highlights from Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood RT XVII: Ukraine & Religious Freedom, held in Washington, DC on Oct. 27, 2016
 
UA HES SE: UA 25th B-Day
Highlights from UA HES Special Event: 'Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Modern Ukrainian State', held at the NY Princeton Club on Sept. 17, 2016
 
US-UA WG YS IV Highlights
Highlights from US-UA WG Yearly Summit IV: Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card, held at the University Club in Washington, DC on June 16, 2016
 
US-UA SD VII Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Security Dialogue VII held on February 25, 2016 in Washington DC
 
UA HES SE: WW2 Legacy
Highlights from the UA Historical Encounters Special Event: 'Contested Ground': The Legacy of WW2 in Eastern Europe, held in Edmonton on October 23-24, 2015
 
Holodomor SE Highlights
Highlights from the UA Historical Encounters Special Event: Taking Measure of the Holodomor, held at the Princeton Club of NY on November 5-6, 2013
 
US-UA SD III Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Security Dialogue III held on May 19, 2012 in Chicago, IL

  • Former UA Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko's keynote
 
UEAF Forum VI Highlights
Highlights from UEAF Forum VI, held in Ottawa, Canada on March 7-8, 2012
 
RT XII Items of Note
Highlights from Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood RT XII: PL-UA & TR-UA, held in Washington, DC on Oct 19–20, 2011
 
US-UA ED III Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Energy Dialogue III, held in Washington DC
on April 15-16, 2008
 
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