Upcoming Events 2021
US-UA Security Dialogue XII
Washington, DC [Webcasting]
March 3-4 5, 2021 
US-UA BNS (Forum XI)
New York City [ [Webcasting]
April 15, 2021
US-UA WG Yearly Summit IX
Washington DC [Webcasting]
June 16-17, 2021

US-UA Energy Dialogue SE
Kyiv [Webcasting] 
August 30, 2021 
UA HES Special Event:
Ukraine at 30
Year Retrospective 
Ukrainian Institute of America
September 18, 2021 

Washington, DC
University Club 
October 21, 2021 

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.
The Future of Eastern in Europe in the Balance

Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic Future:
International Forum VI

March 7-8, 2012
Ottawa, Canada

Ukraine at the Crossroads
The Future of Eastern in Europe in the Balance

Toronto, Canada –March 2, 2012, – Leading experts on contemporary Ukraine will be gathering in Ottawa on March 7 & 8, to discuss the state of democracy in Ukraine and the serious challenges facing the country both domestically and abroad.

An international conference titled “Ukraine at the Crossroads” will examine such issues as democratic governance, human rights, the rule of law, and media freedom, all of which have been eroded in recent times. This is a concern since Ukraine was seen as a beacon of democracy for post-Soviet states with its Orange Revolution in 2004. These issues were again highlighted on February 27 when, in what has been called politically motivated justice, former Minister of the Interior and opposition leader, Yuri Lutsenko, was sentenced to four years imprisonment. Lutsenko joins former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven year sentence.

The Ukrainian economy, problems of corruption, changes to the electoral system and Ukrainian Constitution, will be on the agenda. The conference will be kicked off on March 7, with a panel discussion featuring prominent politicians and officials representing Ukrainian, European, American and Canadian points of view on the rapidly evolving situation in Ukraine.

The event promises to be especially timely since it will take place just four days after the Russian presidential elections. Russia is a key trading partner and important neighbour facing its own challenges while also pursuing policies that are contributing to escalating tensions in its relationship with Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government has announced that it is committed to a course of European integration, only to reject any conditions calling for prior reforms or democratic concessions, leaving members of the Euro-Atlantic community frustrated and unsure of how to effectively respond.

As Jars Balan, one of the organizers of the conference points out: “Given Ukraine’s strategic location on the eastern flank of Europe and growing anxieties about political and economic stability in the regionwhen the European community is itself in the midst of a serious crisisit is critical for the West to fully understand the potential ramifications of some of the more worrisome developments in Ukraine. A major objective of the conference is to discuss how the Western governments can avoid exacerbating matters, while simultaneously encouraging the country’s fractious political elites to put the best interests of Ukrainian citizens ahead of their partisan differences, economic rivalries, and regional loyalties.”

“The road ahead for Ukraine is fraught with many dangers,” observes Derek Fraser, a former Canadian ambassador to Kyiv who is chairing a session on the geopolitical forces that the country is being subjected to. “Russia in particular is trying to reassert its historical hegemony over Ukraine and other former Soviet republics, and this would have negative consequences not only for Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity, but for the democratic prospects of Russia itself and the long-term security interests of Europe.”

“Ukraine at the Crossroads” is an initiative of the Canada Ukraine Foundation of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, who with the help other partners have brought together renowned specialists, civil society activists, academics and several former Ukrainian government ministers to share their insights and ideas concerning Ukraine’s uncertain future. Among the sponsors of the conference are the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa and the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, working in cooperation with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, and the US-Ukraine Business Council. Financial support is being provided by various donor organizations and agencies, as well as individual patrons. The banquet and sessions of “Ukraine at the Crossroads” are being held at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier Hotel.

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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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