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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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Ukraine's Quest Special Edition Roundtable Welcoming remarks

Source: Embassy of Ukraine [usa.mfa.gov.ua]

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

Welcoming remarks at «Ukraine’s Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Special Edition Roundtable: Providing a Pre 2012 Parliamentary Elections Report Card»

Olexander Motsyk

Welcoming remarks by Ambassador Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, delivered at Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Special Edition Roundtable: Providing Ukraine with a 'Report Card' Before the 2012 Parliamentary Elections, held in Washington DC on September 19–20, 2012.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

Secretary Gordon,

It is a great pleasure to see you all tonight. Vlodko, thank you for organizing this outstanding conference. Thanks to all of you for your interest in Ukraine.

The name of this year’s conference speaks for itself. 2012 Parliamentary Elections will be a critical test for Ukraine’s democracy and statehood. The government of Ukraine does its outmost to make sure the elections would be free, fair, transparent and meeting the highest international standards.

Tomorrow we will take a closer look at where Ukraine is now, both externally and domestically, what we have achieved on the eve of this important moment in our history.

Since President Yanukovych was elected he set very specific foreign policy agenda with three top priorities - integration with the EU, strategic partnership with the U.S. and strategic and good neighborly relations with Russia.

We managed to reach tangible achievements on all fronts.

We have initialed the Association and Free Trade Area Agreement with the EU. We believe that any artificial “pause” on the way to its signing and ratification is not in the best interest of both sides. Ukraine belongs to Europe. Europe itself cannot be seen complete and truly "united" as long as Europe’s biggest nation stays outside the EU.

Ukraine closely cooperates with the United States in different fields, and this practical cooperation lives up to the declared status of strategic partnership between our nations. This year, Ukraine completed the removal of its stocks of highly enriched uranium, thereby fulfilling the agreement between President Yanukovych and President Obama. Ukraine is a reliable partner of the US in peacekeeping operations; we participate in almost all peacekeeping operations under UN, NATO and EU auspices, including those in Afghanistan, Iran, Kosovo and Côte d'Ivoire. Ukraine supports US efforts to fight international terrorism, piracy, drug trafficking, organized crime and other global challenges of today.

I think the only way for Ukraine to succeed as a European nation is to find the right equilibrium between our European ambitions and our natural interest to be friends with Russia. I see no contradiction between the two. Nowadays, Ukraine and Russia are very pragmatic in their thinking based on mutual respect and national self-interests of both countries. Developing good relations with the Russian Federation is essential for further progress in European integration.

Now, let’s take a look what is on the Report Card on the domestic policy.

Despite the unfavorable external factors during 2010-2012 years we have managed to overcome the devastating effects of the crisis and ensured steady GDP growth. Economic success gave impetus to the growth of real incomes. Real wages rose last year by nearly 9%, and in the first half of 2012 – by nearly 16%. A stable currency exchange rate is a reliable guide for business and incentive to attract foreign investment.

In 2011, we collected the largest corn crop in almost all the years of independence. Ukrainian export increased by almost 40%. It is very important for us as a country with export-oriented economy. Today, we can proudly say that Ukraine is the world's fifth largest exporter of software.

Nominal GDP of Ukraine for the second quarter of 2012 increased by 3.0% compared with the second quarter of 2011.

Capital investment to Ukraine grew by 29.1% over January - June 2012, compared to the same period of 2011.

We completed the first phase of tax reform. We have created new conditions for business development. Small businesses received new lighter rules in from of revised simplified taxation, accounting and reporting. We removed unnecessary prohibitions, licenses and permits.

Renewed economic growth has enabled us to increase pensions, salaries and social benefits. It was possible to start not very popular but much-needed pension reform. We continue with the judiciary and criminal justice reforms.

The ultimate goal of these reforms is to transform Ukraine into a prosperous and democratic European country. After all, Ukraine does not choose between market reforms and democracy, because these two components combined will guarantee us the way of European development, improvement of living standards in Ukraine and our rapprochement and accession to the EU.

We know we have a long way to go before we reach the highest standards of democracy, but Ukrainian government is committed to go this way and proceed fast.

Among the achievements in this sphere, I would put on the Report Card the Law on Access to Public Information, the new legislation on judicial reform, reformed Criminal Procedural Code, Laws on Public Procurement, on Preventing and Combating corruption, as well as the establishment of a National Anti-Corruption Committee.

I also want to point out the Strategy of Government Policy for Civil Society Development and The Law On Civic Associations, which introduce a number of positive changes as to how NGOs can operate in Ukraine helping preserve and develop our vibrant civic society.

Now, about the most important part – the 2012 Parliamentary Elections.

As I said time and again, the leadership of Ukraine is fully committed to conducting free, fair and transparent elections this October. Naturally it is the government’s best interest that the elections are closely monitored by the Ukrainian civil society and by the international community.

We welcome everyone to come and see for themselves what will be happening in Ukraine on October 28, 2012. And if you don’t want to leave your home – just go online and watch the live feed from any polling station in Ukraine. I’m confident that this year’s elections will continue the pattern of transparent and democratic national elections Ukraine has conducting for the past 6 years.

I realize that we aren’t perfect. It may seem that the government tries to sugar-coat the reality. It may also seem that the opposition tries to paint it all-black. However, that’s not something unusual. Such tactics is natural for election campaigns all over the world. In each country, including this one, incumbents try to underline their successes, while contenders exploit weak points of those who rule the country.

In conclusion, I’d like to assure you that Ukraine stands firmly for its European future as a prosperous market economy, a democratic state that respects the rule of law and human rights.

Therefore, the analysis of our progress in all critical fields that will be presented over the next few days is very important, and I am looking forward to a frank and productive discussion.

Thank you for your attention.

 

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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