Upcoming Events

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
Washington DC 
December 7-8, 2017 
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 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.
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.
Program-Ukraine's 'Report Card' on the Eve of Parliamentary Elections

Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Special Edition Roundtable:
Providing Ukraine with a 'Report Card' Before the 2012 Parliamentary Elections

September 19-20, 2012
Washington, D.C.

Opening Remarks Dinner (Day One): Reagan International Trade Center Rotunda
Roundtable Proper (Day Two): University Club/Embassy Row


Day 1

Venue: Reagan International Trade Center/Rotunda [1300 Pennsylvania Avenue]

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Roundtable Opening Remarks Dinner


  • Herman Pirchner (American Foreign Policy Council)

Words of Welcome:

  • Oleksandr Motsyk (Ukrainian Envoy to the United States)
  • Richard Lugar [R-IN] (Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee) [Invited]

Featured Speaker:

  • Philip Gordon (Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia)

Theme: The Importance of the 2012 Verkhovna Rada Elections to Ukraine’s Future

Day 2

Venue: University Club of Washington DC/Embassy Row [1135 16th Street]

8:00 AM – 8:40 AM Registration

8:40 AM – 9:50 AM Roundtable Plenary Session I

Theme: Robust Democratic Politics—Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Bohdan Futey (US Court of Federal Claims)


  • Borys Tarasyuk (Verkhovna Rada)
  • Damon Wilson (Atlantic Council)
  • Derek Fraser (Center for Global Studies/University of Victoria)
  • Lauren Jewett (National Democratic Institute)

Issues to Consider:

  • Fair Elections
  • Free Media
  • Respect for Human Rights
  • Strong Civil Society

9:50 AM – 11:00 AM Roundtable Plenary Session II

Theme: Developed Market Economics—Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Morgan Williams (US-Ukraine Business Council)


  • Borys Kushniryk (UNP Economic Council)
  • Oleksandr Sushko (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation)
  • Jorge Zukoski] (UA American Chamber of Commerce)
  • Andrew Bihun (The Washington Group)

Issues to Consider:

  • Sound Fiscal Policy
  • Sound Monetary Policy
  • Appropriate Deregulation/Privatization
  • General Business Transparency

11:00 AM – 11:10 PM Coffee Break

11:10 AM – 12:20 PM Roundtable Plenary Session III

Theme: Ever Greater General Security—Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • William Courtney (Computer Services Corporation)


  • Leonid Polyakov (Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies)
  • Steven Larrabee (RAND Corp.)
  • John Herbst (National Defense University)
  • James Sherr (Royal Institute of International Affairs)

Issues to Consider:

  • Secure Borders
  • Modernized Military Industrial Complex
  • Professionalized Armed Forces
  • Reliable Allies

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM Afternoon Highlight Focus Session

Theme: Why a Free, Stable and Prosperous Ukraine Still Matters—From a Global Perspective


  • Steven Nix (International Republican Institute)

Featured Speaker:

  • Paula Dobriansky (Foreign Policy Advisor to Governor Mitt Romney)

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Lunch [Press Interviews available in the Governors’ Conference Room]

1:10 PM – 2:20 PM Roundtable Plenary Session IV

Theme: Ever Greater Energy Security—Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Ilan Berman (American Foreign Policy Council)


  • Oleksandr Todiychuk (Kyiv International Energy Club Q)
  • Steven Blank (US Army War College)
  • Jonas Graetz (Center for Security Studies/ETH Zurich)
  • Keith Smith (Center for Strategic and International Studies)

Issues to Consider:

  • Expanding Domestic Production
  • Improving Transport Capacity
  • Enlarging Storage Capacity
  • Increasing Conservation

2:20 PM – 3:30 PM Roundtable Plenary Session V

Theme: Viable Social Cohesion—Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Janusz Bugajski (Center for Strategic and International Studies)


  • Oleh Rybachuk (New Citizen)
  • Nadia Diuk (National Endowment for Democracy)
  • Jan Pieklo (Polish Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation/PAUCI)
  • Yevhen Hlibovitsky (The Nestor Group)

Issues to Consider:

  • Stable Inter-Ethnic Relations
  • Stable Inter-Faith Relations
  • Stable Class Relations
  • Manageable Regional Differences

3:30 PM – 3:40 PM Coffee Break

3:40 PM – 4:50 PM Roundtable Plenary Session VI

Theme: Established National Identity—Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Lewis Madanick (Open World Program/Library of Congress)


  • Volodymyr Viatrovych (Center for Research on the UA Liberation Movement)
  • Lubomyr Luciuk (Royal Military College of Canada)
  • Andreas Umland (Kyiv Mohyla Academy)
  • William Miller (Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson International Center)

Issues to Consider:

  • A Sense of Common History
  • A Sense of Common Culture
  • A Sense of a Common Future
  • Ability to Assimilate the ‘Other’

4:50 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks Ceremony

Theme: Why a Free, Stable and Prosperous Ukraine Still Matters—From a US Perspective


  • Tamara Gallo-Olexy (Ukrainian Congress Committee of America)

Featured Speaker:

  • Sander Levin (US Representative/MI-D) [Invited]

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Patrons’ Reception

Venue: American Foreign Policy Council [509 C Street]


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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