Upcoming Events 2020
US-UA Security Dialogue XI
Washington, DC
March 5, 2020 
New York City
April 30, 2020
US-UA WG Yearly Summit VIII
New York City [Webcasting]
June 17-18, 2020

US-UA Energy Dialogue SE
Washington DC [Webcasting]
June 29, 2020 
UA HES Special Event:
Ukrainians in 1945/75th 
Year Retrospective 
Ukrainian Institute of America
September 26, 2020 
Washington, DC
October 22, 2020
PL-LT-UA Relations
Chicago, IL 
November 14, 2020 


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 2019 - 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.
Roundtable SE: Speaker Bios

Ilan Berman

Ilan Berman is Vice President for Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on international terrorism and regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Russian Federation, Mr. Berman’s writings have appeared in such publications as the WSJ Europe, Middle East Quarterly, the Washington Times, the Jerusalem Post and the Journal of International Security Affairs and Strategic Review.

Andrew Bihun

Andrew Bihun is currently the President of The Washington Group (TWG). Mr. Bihun recently retired from the US Department of Commerce, where he served in several senior positions. In the 1990s, he held the post of Commercial Attache at the US Embassy to Ukraine.

Steven Blank

Steven Blank is currently Professor of National Security Studies at US Army War College; prior to his present position, Dr. Blank taught for twenty years at the Institute for Security and Development Policy. His expertise in matters concerning the post-Soviet space is widely recognized and highly regarded.

Jan Bugajski

Janusz Bugajski is Senior Associate in the Europe Program at CSIS. He has served as a consultant for various U.S. organizations and government agencies and testifies regularly before the U.S. Congress. He chairs the South-Central Europe area studies program at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State.

William H. Courtney

William H. Courtney is Senior Vice President of CSC/DynMeridian Corp. From 1998 to 2000, he served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. In 1997-98, Ambassador Courtney was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the NSC staff for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Previously, he served as Ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan.

Paula Dobriansky

Paula Dobriansky has served in key roles as a diplomat and policy maker in the administrations of five U.S. presidents, both Democrat and Republican. She is a specialist in the areas of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union as well as political-military affairs. She served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs from 2001-2009, making her the longest-serving undersecretary in the State Department’s history. At present, Dr. Dobriansky is a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and concurrently a senior foreign policy advisor to Governor Mitt Romney.

Nadia Diuk

Nadia Diuk currently serves as Vice President, Programs for Europe and Eurasia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy, a private nonprofit organization funded by the US Congress to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. Dr. Diuk has supervised NED programs since 1987.

Derek Fraser

Derek Fraser is Director of the EastWest Institute of Canada, located at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria. He served as Canada's envoy in Ukraine from 1998 to 2001, in Greece from 1995 to 1998, and in Hungary from 1988 to 1993. Ambassador Fraser has also worked at Canadian missions in Vietnam, Germany, Russia and Belgium. At headquarters, he was variously Acting Director General, Cultural Affairs and Higher Education Bureau, Director at different times of the East and West European Divisions, and Dep. Director of the Latin American Division.

Bohdan Futey

Bohdan Futey has served as Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims since 1987. Judge Futey is actively involved with Democratization and Rule of Law programs organized by the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Department of State and the American Bar Association in Ukraine and Russia.

Tamara Gallo

Tamara Gallo currently serves as President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. Previous to her current position, Ms. Gallo spent several years heading the National Office of the UCCA in New York as well as directing the UNIS Bureau in Washington DC.

Philip Gordon

Philip Gordon was nominated as Assistant Secretary of State on March 6th, 2009 and took the oath of office on May 15th 2009. As Assistant Secretary, he is responsible for 50 countries in Europe and Eurasia as well as NATO, the EU and the OSCE. Dr. Gordon has previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton, and Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.

Jonas Grätz

Jonas Grätz is a highly regarded and often quoted researcher with the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. He specializes in issues concerning the internationalization of Russian oil and gas companies, EU energy policy, and energy geopolitics.

John Herbst

John Herbst is former United States Ambassador to Ukraine and current Director of the National Defense University Center for Complex Operations. He has worked as a political counselor at the US embassies in Tel Aviv, Israel, Moscow, Russia, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as the Director of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau of the United States State Department, as Director of the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs and as Principal Deputy to the Ambassador-at-large for the Newly Independent States. He was appointed Ambassador to Uzbekistan in 2000 before assuming the post of US envoy to Ukraine in 2003.

Yevhen Hlibovytsky

Yevhen Hlibovytsky is a partner in Pro.Mova, a well NGO in Ukraine specializing in "values surveys" and "long term strategic planning projects". Concurrently, he is a member of the Nestor Group [charged with the 'Vision for Ukraine 2025' project ] as well as a member of the Univ Group [charged with 'Vision for Lviv 2025' project].

Laura Jewett

Laura Jewett is NDI’s Regional Director for Eurasia. Dr. Jewett has traveled extensively throughout her assigned region [Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan], meeting with political, civic and government leaders to assess political conditions and design democracy assistance programs; before joining NDI, she served in Washington on the staffs of U.S. Representative Bill Ratchford and U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, both of Connecticut.

F. Stephen Larrabee

F. Stephen Larrabee is a Senior Staff member at RAND in Washington, D.C. and holds the RAND Corporate Chair in European Security. From 1978-1981, Dr. Larrabee served on the U.S. National Security Council staff in the White House as a specialist on Soviet-East European affairs and East-West political-military relations.

Lubomyr Luciuk

Lubomyr Luciuk is Professor of Political Geography in the Department of Politics and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada, specializing in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and almost 200 opinion editorials published in Canadian newspapers, as well as a frequent commentator on the CBC, National Public Radio (USA) and BBC. Recently he served as chairman (pro tempore) of the Department of Politics and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada, the first Canadian of Ukrainian heritage to enjoy this distinction.

Borys Kushniryk

Borys Kushniryk is a leading member of the Ukrainska Narodna Partiya and serves as a senior economic policy advisor in its Political Council. Concurrently, he writes for and runs a well known blog site thru the good offices of Ukraine's leading internet newspaper, Ukrainska Pravda.

Lewis Madanick

Lewis Madanick is currently Program Manager for the US Library of Congress’ Open World Leadership Development Center, charged with bringing a new generation of leaders from Lithuania, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to the United States for an “internship in building responsible civil society and democratic government”.

William Miller

William Miller is presently a Senior Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center. Earlier, he served as the second United States Ambassador to Ukraine. During his tenure, Ambassador Miller was eyewitness to some of the most fundamental transformations of the Ukrainian State, including the ratification of Ukraine's Constitution.

Olexander Motsyk

Olexander Motsyk is the current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America, a position he has held since June 2010. A career diplomat, Ambassador Motsyk served as the Ukrainian envoy to Poland from May 2005 until June 2010 as well as Ukraine's chief emissary to the Republic of Turkey from November 1997 to November 2001.

Steven Nix

Steven Nix is Director of the Eurasian Division at the International Republican Institute. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Nix served as Outside Legal Counsel for the Ukrainian Parliament's Committee on Legal and Judicial Reform. Upon his return to the U.S., he accepted a position as Senior Democracy Specialist at USAID, where he assisted in the design and implementation of democracy programs in Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.

John O'Keefe

John O'Keefe is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. Before assuming his duties as Executive Director of the LOC's Open World Leadership Development Program, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Director General, Bureau of Human Resources [2004-2006]. Prior to that, Ambassador O'Keefe headed the Office of Career Development and Assignments from July 2003 to April 2004. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from August 2000 to July 2003.

Jan Pieklo

Jan Pieklo is Director of Polish Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation [PAUCI]. An experienced NGO professional and journalist, Jan has spent many years dedicated to international cooperation and development. With deep interest in Ukrainian and regional issues, he has successfully worked to broaden Polish-Ukrainian and regional cooperation, particularly as a former Director of the Bridges to the East Institute for the Krakow-based ZNAK Foundation.

Herman Pirchner

Herman Pirchner is President of the American Foreign Policy Council. In recent years, in addition to the steady flow of books and articles, the Council has worked with over 100 members of Congress and numerous Executive Branch officials on foreign travel, exchanges and foreign policy briefings. Mr. Pirchner previously served as Director of Legislation for Senator Roger Jepsen (R-Iowa).

Leonid Polyakov

Leonid I. Polyakov (Colonel-Ret,) is Director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies; directly prior to his current posting, Mr. Polyakov served as First Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine. His military service in the Ukrainian Armed Forces included a combat tour as Company Commander in Afghanistan, Group Chief for U.S./Ukraine military contacts, Senior Research Fellow on the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, State Expert (senior advisor) on the Analytical Service of the National Security and Defense Council Staff, Ukraine as well as various other military command and staff officer positions.

Oleh Rybachuk

Oleh Rybachuk, before taking the present position of Head of the NGO "Chesno", served in several senior government posts including: Vice Premier for European Integration and Head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine.

James Sherr

James Sherr is Head of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. Between 1995 and May 2008, he was a Fellow of the Advanced Research and Assessment Group (formerly Conflict Studies Research Centre) of the Defence Academy. He is also a member of the Faculty of Social Studies of Oxford University. Over the past ten years, he has been a consultant to NATO on Ukraine and regularly advises the British government and parliament as well as others inside NATO about Russia as well as security problems in the Black Sea region.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith is Senior Advisor in the Europe Division at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS); his most recent publication: "Russian Energy Politics in the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine" has prompted very serious attention. In 2000, Ambassador Smith retired from the State Department's Foreign Service after serving from 1997 to 2000 as the American Ambassador in Lithuania. In Europe, he was also posted to Hungary (twice), Norway and Estonia.

Oleksandr Sushko

Oleksandr Sushko is the Director of the Center for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy of Ukraine; he also serves as Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation. Dr. Sushko's CPCFPU's Internet Newsletter, provides timely analysis of key political economic, security and diplomatic issues facing the Ukrainian political and social leadership.

Borys Tarasyuk

Borys Tarasyuk is currently the Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Euro-Integration; in the last decade, he has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in governments headed by Prime Ministers Valeriy Pustovoitenko, Viktor Yushchenko, Yuliya Tymoshenko, Yuri Yekhanurov and Viktor Yanukovych. Ambassador Tarasyuk concurrently serves as the Head of the NRU People's Rukh of Ukraine and Director of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation.

Oleksandr Todiychuk

Oleksandr Todiychuk is President of Kyiv International Energy Club - Q-Club; concurrently he is Commissioner of Ukraine for the Euro-Asian Oil Transportation Corridor and President of JSC "Ukrtransnafta". In 2005-2006, Mr. Todiychuk was Chairman of the Board of JSC “Ukrtransnafta”; in 2001, he served as Chairman of the Board of JSC “Institute of Oil Transportation”.

Andreas Umland

Andreas Umland teaches in the Master in German and European Studies program at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and edits a scholarly book series on “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society”. Dr. Umland’s study “″Post-Soviet ‘Uncivil Society’ and the Rise of Aleksandr Dugin: A Case Study of the Extraparliamentary Radical Right in Contemporary Russia,″ has received high critical praise for its incisiveness.

Volodymyr Viatrovych

Volodymyr Viatrovych is currently the Director of the Center to Research the Liberation Movement of Ukraine and concurrently Mykola Lebed Archive Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute. Previous to his present tasks, Dr. Viatrovych served as Director of Archives of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams is President of US-Ukraine Business Council as well as Director of Government Affairs at the SigmaBleyzer Emerging Markets Private Equity Investment Group. Additionally, Mr. Williams edits and publishes the Action Ukraine Report, an indispensable informational tool for all who cover issues related to Ukraine.

Damon Wilson

Damon Wilson is Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council; his work is committed to advancing a Europe whole, free, and at peace to include Europe’s East, the Western Balkans, and the Black Sea region; to strengthening the NATO Alliance; and to fostering a transatlantic partnership capable of tackling global challenges and promoting its common values. His areas of expertise include NATO, transatlantic relations, Central and Eastern Europe, and national security issues. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council.

Jorge Zukoski

Jorge Zukoski currently serves as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine; in that role, he has proven to be an invaluable proponent of ever widening US-Ukrainian economic relations.


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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