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 
Washington, DC
October 10, 2019
LT-PL-UA Relations
November 9, 2019   

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.
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.
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.
Program: US-Ukraine Energy Dialogue I

US-Ukraine Energy Dialogue
Capitol Hill/Dirksen Senate Office Building [G-50]
November 2, 2005, Washington, DC

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration (Coffee Served)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

A Word of Welcome from Senator Lugar/Chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

(Scheduled Appearance Subject to Time Change)

I. Opening Remarks – Why Begin a US-UA Energy Dialogue?

  • US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst
  • DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman [invited]

9:30 AM – 11:45 AM

II. Morning Session – Mini Roundtable I
Theme: Assessing the Present State of UA Energy Policy


  • Ariel Cohen (Heritage Foundation)


  1. UA Oil Exploration & Refining
    • Ihor Palytsya (UKRNAFTA)
  2. UA Gas Exploration & Recovery
    • Ilya Rybchych (UKRHAZVYDOBYVANYA)
  3. UA Coal Mining
    • Viktor Topolov (UA Minister of the Coal Industry)
  4. UA Nuclear Power Generation
    • Mykola Shteinberg (UA Fuel and Energy Ministry)
  5. UA Hydro Power Generation
    • Semen Potashnyk (UKRHYDROENERHO)
  6. UA Alternative Fuels
    • Volodymyr Kasyanov (Alternative Fuels Center/Kyiv)


  1. UA Oil Transit Systems
    • Oleksandr Todyichuk (UKRTRANSNAFTA)
  2. UA Gas Transit Systems
    • Olexiy Ivchenko (UKRNAFTAHAZ)
  3. UA Electric Power Grid
    • Garry Levesley (AES Corporation)

11:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Served

III. Kyenote Address
Theme: Ukraine’s Energy Strategy

  • Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuri Yekhanurov

IV. Working Lunch – Three Featured Speakers/Themes


  • Morgan Williams (UA-US Business Council)
  1. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”: The Politics of Securing UA’s Energy Needs
    • Keith Smith (Center Strategic and International Studies)
  2. “The Little Pipeline That Everyone Has Heard So Much About”: Odessa-Brody
    • Wojciech Tabis (PERN Co)
  3. “Ukraine’s Potential Energy Godsend”: The Black & Azov Sea Shelves
    • Ihor Franchyk (Chornomornaftahaz)

2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

V. Afternoon Session Mini Roundtable II Theme: Pondering the Future of UA Energy Policy


  • Ilan Berman (American Foreign Policy Council)

Government Players

  1. UA MOE Perspective
    • Serhiy Titenko (Deputy Minister of Energy)
  2. US DOS/DOE Perspective
    • J. Benedict Wolf (Economic Section/Ukraine Desk/US DOS)
    • Michael Cohen (EIA/US DOE)
  3. UA Rada Perspective
    • Oleh Salmin (Member/UA Verkhovna Rada)
  4. US Congress Perspective
    • Eliot Engel (US Representative from New York)

Non-Government Players

  1. UA Energy Industry Perspective
    • V.I. Lapshyn (Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology)
    • Robert Bensh (Carpathy Petroleum/Cardinal Resources)
    • Victor Pergat (Northland Power)
    • Valeriy Borovik (New Energy)
  2. Western Energy Industry Perspective
    • Jim Jennings (Hunt Oil)
    • John Imle (Vanco Energy)
    • Bob Schaffer (Aspect Energy)
    • Michael Kirst (Westinghouse)
  3. UA/Western Capital Resources Perspective
    • Igor Obozinstsev (UKREXIMBANK)
    • Margaret Kostic (US EXIM BANK
    • Marianna Kozintseva (Bear Stearns)
    • Oleksandr Chaly (Industrial Union of Donbas)
  4. UA/Western Alternative Energy-Energy Consulting Perspective
    • Robert McFarlane (Energy and Communications Solutions)
    • Julia Nanay (PFC Energy)
    • George Laszkiewicz (Alliance Technology Group)
    • Susan Lotarski (Ukraine-US Business Council)

4:45 PM -5:00 PM

VI. Closing Remarks: Where Do We Go From Here with the Dialogue?

  • UA Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov

Organizers: American Foreign Policy Council, Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Congressional Ukrainian Caucus

Western firms sending representatives include: Hunt Oil, Vanco, Cardinal Resources, AES, Northland Power, Aspect Energy, Westinghouse, Hitachi America Ltd, ComOxy, Picor, Safeguards Inc., Trident Oil, ComPro, Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Citicorp, Bear Stearns, IFC, World Bank, USEXIMBANK, PFC Energy, Energy & Communications Solutions LLC, Alliance Technology Group

Ukrainian firms sending representatives include: UKRATRANSNAFTA, Nova Energia, Forum Ltd, Burova Tekhnika, Chornomornaftogaz, NAFTOGAZ of Ukraine, Alternative Fuels Center/Kyiv, STEK, UKRHYDROENERGO, UKKGAZVYBODYVANNYA, UKRENERGO, Electrovazhmash, Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, Industrial Union of Donbas, UKRNAFTA


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
© 2019 CUSUR—Center for US Ukrainian Relations