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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GUAM Diplomatic Posture on Regional Matters

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

Contemplating a “GUAM” Diplomatic Posture on Matters of Regional Importance

Viktor O. Nikitiuk

Plenary Remarks by Dr. Viktor O. Nikitiuk, Minister-Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Ukraine to the United States of America, delivered during Ukraine's Historical Encounters III: GUAM/Black and Caspian Sea Cooperation, New York, NY, December 4, 2007.

Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all I would like to thank the organizers of this event for this marvelous opportunity to further elaborate on the GUAM related issues.

Not long ago, on October, 30 2007, in Washington, Secretary General and four national coordinators of GUAM had a good chance to present the vision of GUAM development at the Conference, which was organized by the Azerbaijani Presidency together with the Washington based Centre of Strategic and International Studies.

The participants and guests from the local and international community took a grasp of what is going on within GUAM and its role in the international arena.

Speaking here, in New York, on one of the items of today’s agenda and precisely about the diplomatic posture of GUAM, let me first of all draw your attention to the fact that it is an organization of a regional type and character.

According to the Charter the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM is an international (interstate) regional organization established by the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine at the Kyiv Summit of GUAM on 23 May 2006.

All the activities of GUAM are based on the regional principle with the objectives of:

  • promoting democratic values, ensuring rule of law and respect of human rights;
  • ensuring sustainable development;
  • strengthening, first of all, regional security and stability;
  • deepening European integration for the establishment of common security space, and expansion of cooperation in economic and humanitarian spheres;
  • development of social and economic, transport, energy, scientific and technical, and humanitarian potential of the member-states;
  • intensification of political interaction and practical cooperation in the fields of mutual interest.

In order to achieve these ambitious goals, the member-states are committed to develop and are developing mutually beneficial cooperation, guided by the principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of the states, inviolability of their internationally-recognized borders and non-interference in their internal affairs and other universally recognized principles and norms of international law.

Primarily based on cooperation between the Member States in creating Euro-Asian Trans-Caucasus transport corridor, a conceptual vision of GUAM, after the Baku Summit of GUAM on June 18-19, 2007 was extended to create a common space of integration and security in the GUAM region. This vision coincides with establishing in the Black Sea–Caspian region a space of civilized partnership based on European standards, criteria and practice, including the principles of four freedoms of movement of goods, services, capital, and labor and persons. It engages social and economic, transport, energy, scientific and technical, humanitarian, legislative and law-enforcement capacities of the member states.

GUAM proceeds from the vision that cooperation in the Black Sea and Caspian regions is developing as a non-hierarchic, interlocking and open system. Its integrity consists of mutual ties between the existing in this region organizations and structures, including, in particular, GUAM, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), a new EU regional cooperation initiative “Black Sea Synergy” as well as such programs as TRACECA and INOGATE, Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), Black Sea Forum for Partnership and Dialogue (BSF), Community of Democratic Choice (CDC), and others.

Openness of such a system can reach inter-regional and even transcontinental ties and relations, as they do exist in practice between GUAM and the United States, the Visegrád Four, the Baltic States, or Japan. Developing those ties and links GUAM does not face any problem with a possible duplication of functions of these regional organizations and structures, because it rather strengthens practical cooperation between them and the interested states.

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,

GUAM is a young organization. But, as you can see, it has already found its posture in the international arena.

It should be mentioned as well that GUAM was created and is functioning in order to support the UN and OSCE in the matters of their concern and competence. In the framework of these organizations GUAM elaborates and presents joint positions, agreed on a consensus basis.

GUAM is being constantly improving measures and projects in order to cope with “frozen” conflicts, quite a challenging endeavor to cope with.

The political dialogue in CUAM–US and GUAM-US-EU format is in place. Its results help to have a grasp on different issues of paramount importance and make adequate decisions and steps on a regional level.

Up to day projects are being elaborated and realized in order to support the regional peace and security through bilateral and multilateral actions and instruments. Among current challenges one should mention counteracting proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, transnational organized crime, trafficking in human beings, narcotic drugs, and other threats to the regional and international security.

GUAM is in a permanent search for the new projects in order to provide an adequate and timely response to the arising needs and challenges.

To recapitulate, I should mention that we all hope that the GUAM will further strengthen as an additional and substantial tool to the regional stability and security by providing an added value to other regional and international organizations.

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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