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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Cooperative Economic Planning & Development

UA Historical Encounters III:
GUAM/Black and Caspian Sea Cooperation

Cooperative Economic Planning & Development by Member States of GUAM

Yuri Sergeyev

Plenary remarks by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Ambassador Yuri Sergeyev delivered during Ukraine's Historical Encounters III: GUAM/Black and Caspian Sea Cooperation, New York, NY, December 4, 2007.

Mr.Chairman, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to address today’s Conference which is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of creation of GUAM. Like other speakers, let me also express our gratitude to the organizers of this important event – namely New York University's Department of Politics, Columbia University's East Central European Center, the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, Conference’s sponsors and to all participants for their interest shown in today’s discussion.

In my statement I shall touch upon some issues of economic dimension of GUAM’s activities which, to our mind, should constitute a solid basis for further deepening of the many folded cooperation between our countries.

As you may be aware during recent meeting of MFA of GUAM countries held in Madrid it was once again confirmed the priorities of Organization one of which is ensuring further economic development and cooperation between our states and with other regional organizations whose potential can best serve purposes of GUAM.

Economic cooperation between GUAM countries is based on the Agreement on creation of a free trade zone, supplemented by other legal documents and protocols.

Successful implementation of the relevant documents finds its reflection in the promising figures characterizing the dynamic of economic cooperation within GUAM region. During 2001-2006 commodity turnover between GUAM states has been increased in 4 times in terms of export (from $ 546,8 millions to $ 2 billions ) and in 4,4 times by import (from $405,2 millions to $1,8 billions). It is evident that in 2007 these figures will be more impressive. The relevant data will be available in the beginning of 2008.

Mr. Chairman,

Among the necessary preconditions for the successful advancement of the Organization towards achievement of its economic goals the most important is to ensure due implementation of the relevant action plans by the GUAM working groups. This work is being monitored thoroughly by the National Coordinators and the pertinent decisions are taken on a regular basis by the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of GUAM. The existing practice of holding regular ministerial meetings defining the priorities of cooperation in different fields of economy should be deepened and directed at the achievement of concrete results. In this regard ensuring the proper functioning of working bodies of the whole GUAM system will be an important task of the nearest future.

The area of sectoral cooperation between member states, to our mind, should concentrate on the following activities:

  • First
    Trade – continuation of efforts directed at the disclosure and elimination of the barriers in mutual trade, harmonization of the customs and trade regimes on the basis of the relevant GUAM agreement aiming on creation of regional free trade area.
  • Second
    Transport – interaction with other international organizations, including European Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, TRACECA, International Road Federation, International Road Transport Union etc., in the development of the Euro-Asian transport corridors passing through the GUAM region, implementation of  the Project of encouraging trade and transportation.
  • Third
    Energy – proper consideration of the problems related to energy security in the GUAM area including reliability of energy supply and transit issues; initiating the concrete projects, in particular, on cooperation in exploring and mining of the hydrocarbon resources in the Black Sea and Caspian basin.

Mr. Chairman,

Now I would like to briefly touch upon the networking of the GUAM with the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization which is one of natural partners for GUAM States.

Ukraine holds BSEC Presidency from November 2007 and during this period we are striving to strengthen the framework of this regional cooperation, bringing its activities closer to the needs of GUAM countries.

In this respect Ukraine will pay special attention to the Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Programme - BSTIP (2007-2009). The programme, which is expected to promote regional economic development, enhance trade and investment linkages between BSEC Member States with positive impact on the reduction of poverty and offer improved dialogue among countries with political tensions, is a very promising one. We hope that increased trade and investment links will be generated with the private sector of the region and new partnerships will be developed with business support organizations.

We hope that at the same time, the BSTIP will also provide opportunity to create capacity within the business support institutions of the region to take advantage of the sub-regional trade and investment expansion opportunities on a permanent and sustainable basis which is of significant importance for GUAM states.

Besides that, a lot of potential can be found within the area of large-scale transportation projects, enhanced regional security, including energy, promotion of international dialogue and establishment of a free trade zone in the Black Sea area in accordance with the rules and procedures of the World Trade Organization.

Mr. Chairman,

On October 10, 1997 the Heads of our states shaped the process of GUAM cooperation and integration. This far-sighted step was determined by similarity of changes our countries were faced with, and based upon commonality of approaches in seeking efficient solutions to the existing problems.

We are proud to state that being a natural and voluntary association of like minded states, GUAM has successfully passed through various tests and proved its strong viability and practical relevance. Throughout 10 years our group has transformed into a full-fledged international organization with a distinct identity devoted to democracy and economic development.

It is our belief that these positive trends will be even further strengthened with a view of making our region prosperous, democratic and stable.

Thank you.

 

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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