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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Understanding "New Europe"

UA Historical Encounters Forum I
Polish-Ukrainian Relations

Understanding "New Europe"

Polish, Ukrainian heavyweights exchange views in New York

(Originally published in the National Tribune - April 2, 2004)

On March 25, New York University's Torch Club Forum hosted a symposium entitled "Poland, Ukraine and the Concept of 'New Europe'." In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Vera Jelinek, Director of New York University's Lillian Vernon Center of International Affairs, accentuated the international nature of Torch Club events noting that Hans Blix, the former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq, was their most recent guest. Jellinek officially opened the symposium by introducing the moderator, Professor Walter Zaryckyj, from NYU's McGhee Division Liberal Arts Program and keynote speakers: Professor Piotr Naimski, the former national security advisor to Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek and Ambassador Borys Tarasyuk, former Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

Ambassador Borys Tarasyuk (L), Professor Piotr Naimski (R)
Ambassador Borys Tarasyuk (L), Professor Piotr Naimski (R)
Photo © Lubomyr Kulynych

As moderator, Zaryckyj took the privilege of the chair to introduce some of the potential issues tied to the theme of the symposium. He brought up the notion that Poland and Ukraine essentially shared a common concern that might make them the archetypal "New Europeans." At the center of that concern was the historical trauma that could be best summed up by the succinct title of a new documentary by Slawko Novytsky: Between Hitler and Stalin; Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia not only threatened the respective sovereignties of Poland and Ukraine, but also endangered their very existence.  At an earlier stage in history, the forces that Hitler and Stalin represented may have had different names and more refined methods, for example, Kaiserism and Czarism, and in the future, Germany and Russia might give their "will to domination" yet other monikers, but whatever the designation, both Ukraine and Poland faced eternal geopolitical verities. The nations were simply the largest members of a group of countries, referred to as East Europeans, who were stuck between two perennial great powers who were prone to acting like eight-hundred pound gorillas, at their worst - on a genocidal level. And when the gorillas acted up, a friend was always found in the United States. As a result, Poland, Ukraine and other East Europeans tended to view their American friend in a very different way than their relatives in Western Europe. Zaryckyj offered this as one possible explanation for the term: "New Europeans."

Speaking from a Polish point of view, Naimski responded to Zaryckyj's attempt to delineate "New Europe" by describing it as "poignantly Americentric" and then opened a new line of approach. He did think that Europeans might be dividing into two fraternal camps, but that the issue ultimately had less to do with transatlantic relations and more to do with internal European dynamics. "Old Europe" still operated on the principles of the Treaty of Rome signed back in the 1950's. And the core group of "Common Marketeers" saw each new group that signed up as a terrible burden that had to be trained to behave in "civilized European fashion," like the elder Europeans. Old Europe was also prone to treating the Polish, Baltic, and Balkan borders as the "last stops" in Europe. Hence, places like Moldova, Ukraine, the Caucasus Republics, Turkey and even Belarus were left in a terrible no-man's land inappropriately designated as "neighbors of Europe." How did they then differ from Algeria, Libya and Morocco? The "New Europeans" considered this policy to be dangerous and in security matters, ultra-dangerous. It left Eurasia with a "field of play" that could eventually be absorbed as a "sphere of influence".

Representing a Ukrainian viewpoint, Tarasyuk began by agreeing with Naimski's remarks about the "Americentricity" of the model initially described by Zaryckyj. Like Professor Naimski, he also noted the risk of a potential divide in Europe between the "Treaty of Rome element" and "Others"; Tarasyuk concurred that Old Europe was drawing "bogus" European borders. Subsequently, Ambassador Tarasyuk raised another salient point concerning the function "New Europe" could serve. "New Europeans" were once part of a totalitarian system. Most of them have made, in the last decade, a successful transition to the rule of law, democratic politics, a thriving civil society and free market economics. Such experiences could serve both sides of the larger EuroAtlantic community as a model for political transitions and transformations around the rest of the planet. Here, however, Tarasyuk raised a key side issue. Poland's moves were now irreversible; Ukraine was threatened with a possible slide backwards. The latter development was troubling or should be considered so by all concerned parties in the EuroAtlantic world. Tarasyuk ended with a question: If Ukraine could be manipulated by "the enemies of democratization", might not the same scenario unfold in other, even if more advanced, countries in New Europe? Once the presentation was completed, the speakers proceeded to take questions from the audience.

The Torch Club event was well attended by dozens of instructors and students of international affairs. It was part of a four-day symposium in New York that brought experts from Poland, Ukraine and the United States together to discuss their countries' relations. On March 26, a two-day conference entitled "Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Past, Present and Future" commenced at Columbia University. The 2004 Polish-Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series Gala Reception was held at the Ukrainian Institute of America on March 27th, 2004. 

 

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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