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Washington, DC
February 14-15, 2017
 
Washington DC
April 27, 2017
 
Washington, DC
June 15, 2017
 
Kyiv, Ukraine
August 30, 2017
 
Washington, DC
October 12, 2017
 
Cambridge, MA
December 7-8, 2017 
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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 2017 - 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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CUSUR 2018 - Project IV
Kyiv Seminars for UA Officials

The several visits of young, fresh minded, reform oriented UA military commanders and national security analysts to various top flight foreign policy think tanks and institutes of higher diplomatic or military learning in DC (prompted in good part by CUSUR invitations to its Occasional Briefings) in the latter part of 2014 prompted the UA MOD to propose a slightly different arrangement for similar discussions/conversations in 2015.
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Standing Committee Release

Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic Future:
International Forum VI

March 7-8, 2012
Ottawa, Canada



Eastern European Democracies at the Tipping Point:
Determining Canada’s Future Role

Ottawa, Canada – March 2, 2012 – The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development will be holding hearings on 5 and 7 March 2012 and begin a study on "the progress of rights and democracy over the past 10 years” in Ukraine. This issue is a pressing one as politicians continue to be tried and jailed in politically motivated legal cases prosecuted in questionable judicial proceedings. On February 28, Yuri Lutsenko, the former Minister of the Interior and opposition leader, was sentenced to four years imprisonment. Lutsenko joins former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven year term.

“Given these and other disturbing developments, it is important that Canada and fellow members of the democratic international community continue to play an active role in monitoring, documenting and drawing attention to human rights abuses in Ukraine,” said Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. “Ukrainian officials who violate the rule of law and suppress civil liberties need to be held accountable not only by the citizens of Ukraine, but by the entire Euro-Atlantic community. That is why the Congress will be asking Canada to send a substantial complement of long, medium and short term observers to the critical Ukrainian parliamentary elections in October, and to be prepared to consider other options if changing circumstances warrant it.”

The worrisome erosion of democratic reforms will jeopardize the Ukrainian government’s stated objectives of integrating into the European Union and seeking closer ties with the Euro-Atlantic community. Canada has long had a special relationship with Ukraine, largely due to the 1.2 million Canadians who have Ukrainian roots, including some 50,000 new immigrants who have arrived within the last two decades.

Experts on the current situation in Ukraine, from Kyiv, Washington, D.C., London, Warsaw, and Moscow, will appear before the Standing Committee. Committee members will not only have the opportunity to question representatives of Ukrainian human rights organizations, but also prominent Ukrainian politicians who have held senior cabinet positions, a Ukrainian journalist and the former chief of staff of a presidential administration.

Among the others giving expert testimony are James Sherr, of the Royal Society of International Affairs and a long-time adviser to the British government, EU and NATO on Russian and Ukrainian affairs; Hon. Marcin Swiecicki, a member of the Polish Sejm and a former cabinet minister who for four years was the director of the European Council’s Advisory Centre in Kyiv; and Andrei Piontkovsky, a well-known political analyst, journalist and member of the Federal Council of Russia.

All of the speakers will subsequently be taking part in a major international conference, “Ukraine at the Crossroads,” at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier Hotel on 7-8 March. This unprecedented gathering of leading specialists on contemporary Ukraine will examine such issues as the state of the democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech; the coming parliamentary elections and controversial constitutional changes; the rule of law, energy politics and the investment climate. The escalating tug-of-war between Europe and Russia over Ukraine’s geopolitical orientation, which has potential long-term implications for regional stability, will be an important topic for consideration by the experts, as will discussions on how best to engage the Ukrainian government and society on resisting the urge to revert back to an authoritarian model of development.

For more details about the hearing speakers, see the following.

Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

House of Commons, March 5 & 7, 2012

Study on "the progress of rights and democracy over the past 10 years” in Ukraine

Monday 5 March 3:30-5:30 PM

"The progress of rights and democracy over the past 10 years and its implications for rule of law and the parliamentary elections in Ukraine."

Halyna Coynash, Kharkiv

Halyna Coynash, representative of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) in Kharkiv, Ukraine, one of the oldest, most active and respected Ukrainian human rights organizations, worked with many other human rights groups in Ukraine, including Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, writes for the journal Telekritika.

Alyona Hetmanchuk, Kyiv

Alyona Hetmanchuk, Director Institute of World Policy, is an experienced journalist, media and NGO manager and foreign policy analyst, awarded by the past President of Ukraine the designation Honoured Journalist of Ukraine.

Oleh Rybachuk, Kyiv

Oleh Rybachuk, Chairman and co-founder of the NGO “Centre UA”, former chief of staff to President Viktor Yushchenko and former Deputy Prime Minister in Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, former National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) director of international relations.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012, 3:30-5:30 PM

"The progress of rights and democracy over the past 10 years and its implication for Ukraine's integration into Euro-Atlantic structures.” The following witnesses will present analysis of the above proposition from the perspective of:

Ukrainian opposition in parliament
Borys Tarasyuk, Kyiv

Borys Tarasyuk, Member of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, Chairman Verkhovna Rada Committee on Euro-Atlantic Integration, founder Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

EU and Polish government
Marcin Swiecicki, Warsaw

Marcin Swiecicki, Member of Polish Parliament; former Minister for Foreign Economic Relations, Poland; past Director of EC/UNDP Blue Ribbon Analytical and Advisory Centre, Kyiv; former Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities at the OSCE, Vienna; former Mayor, City of Warsaw.

Russian government
James Sherr, London

James Sherr, Royal Society of International Affairs, Senior Fellow Russia and Eurasia Programme Chatham House, London, lecturer in International Relations at Lincoln College, Oxford, consultant to NATO and the EU on Ukraine.

Russian democratic movement
Andrei Piontkovsky, Moscow

Andrei Piontkovsky, political analyst, journalist, candidate of physical-mathematical sciences, senior researcher Institute of System Analysis Russian Academy of Sciences, member American Mathematical Association, member Russian United Democratic Party “Yabloko”, member Federal Council of Russia.

Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Chair:

  • Dean Allison, M.P. – Conservative – Niagara West-Glanbrook - Ontario

Vice-Chairs:

  • Hélène Laverdière, M.P. – NDP – Laurier-Sainte-Marie – Quebec
  • The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., M.P. – Liberal – Beauséjour – New Brunswick

Members:

  • Lois Brown, M.P. – Conservative – Newmarket-Aurora - Ontario
  • Bob Dechert, M.P. – Conservative – Mississauga-Erindale - Ontario
  • Nina Grewal, M.P. – Conservative – Fleetwood-Port Kells – British Columbia
  • Sadia Groguhé, M.P. – NDP – Saint-Laurent – Quebec
  • Jean-François Larose, M.P. – NDP – Repentigny – Quebec
  • Gary Ralph Schellenberger, M.P. – Conservative – Perth-Wellington - Ontario
  • Jinny Jogindera Sims, M.P. – NDP – Newton-North Delta – British Columbia
  • Dave Van Kesteren, M.P. – Conservative – Chatham-Kent-Essex – Ontario
  • John Williamson, M.P. – Conservative – New Brunswick Southwest

To arrange interviews with speakers at the Parliamentary hearings and the Ukraine at the Crossroads Conference, contact:


Media Contact:

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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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