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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The Orange Revolution was a Revolution of Hope

Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VI
"Ukraine's Transition to an Established National Identity"

The Orange Revolution was a Revolution of Hope

(UNIS, Washington, DC, September 28, 2005) "Ten months after the Orange Revolution, we have to be satisfied that the mass media in Ukraine is free, that Ukraine's foreign policy is in the hands of committed individuals and is pointed in a clear strategic direction," said Zbigniew Brzezinski former National Security Advisor and professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University.

In his keynote address to Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VI conference Dr. Brzezinski noted the Orange Revolution was "a true and ecstatic emancipation." It was the expression of a shared national identity that was defined in a democratic context and became part of the Ukrainian people.

"Dr. Brzezinski has emerged as the moral voice for the deepening of democracy in Poland and Ukraine," said Adrian Karatnycky, senior scholar at Freedom House. Mr. Karatnycky recently founded the Orange Circle, a new international non-profit initiative to support for the values of the Orange revolution, including democracy, the rule of law, a competitive economy, and honest and transparent government.

His enthusiasm notwithstanding, Dr. Brzezinski spoke to the realities of politics evaluating recent events clearly and not through rose colored glasses. "One can not live forever in hope. But one can get indigestion from too much opportunists," hinting at the recent agreement signed by President Viktor Yushchenko and former rival Viktor Yanukovich. The challenge for Ukraine's leadership is to strike a balance between the hope of the Maidan and the imperatives of reality.

"The future of Ukraine should not be shaped by seemingly irreconcilable groups without the participation of the Ukrainian people," Dr. Brzezinski stressed.

Dr. Brzezinski singled out the efforts of the Ukrainian American Diaspora, particularly their generations' long dedication to Ukrainian independence. He highlighted the need to support election monitoring projects and civil society building initiatives spearheaded by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. Dr. Brzezinski noted, "Many of you here represent the Ukrainian Diaspora and have always been committed to Ukrainian independence. You have a responsibility to monitor the events and to communicate to the leaders your expectations."

Very few analysts and policy makers have monitored Ukrainian politics as devotedly as Dr. Brzezinski. Following the dismissal of the government, Russian Ambassador Chernomyrdin held a press conference applauding the changes. Dr. Brzezinski suggested that had a foreign diplomat of similar standing expressed themselves in a similar fashion in the United States, "he'd be in Moscow waiting for his bags having arrived there himself the night before."

Ukraine is poised to become a member of the WTO later this year. Noting the difficulties and the political realities in Kyiv, over 20 laws remain to be adopted by the Rada that would ensure WTO membership. Dr. Brzezinski stressed that the leadership in Ukraine communicate their expectations and the importance of WTO entry this year. "Ukraine's future is important to the future of Europe," said Dr. Brzezinski. "The success of Ukraine will predetermine Russia's future in Europe."

Recognizing the will and aspirations of Ukraine, Dr. Brzezinski concluded, "The Ukrainians have to be determined to do this on their own. They've proved they are a nation and now they have to remind their leaders it is they who decide the future of their country."

 

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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