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 [Webcasting]
October 21-22, 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.
Program—US-UA Working Group Yearly Summit III

US-UA Working Group Yearly Summit III
Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card

June 18, 2015
Washington DC

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

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Word of Welcome

Featured Speaker:

  • (Senior Officer/Ukrainian Embassy to the United States)

8:45 AM – 9:55 AM Plenary Session I

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


  • Orest Deychakiwsky (US Helsinki Commission)


  • Steven Nix (International Republican Institute)
  • Laura Jewett (National Democratic Institute)
  • David Kramer (Freedom House)
  • Nadia Diuk (National Endowment for Democracy)

Issues to Consider:

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

9:55 AM – 11:10 AM Plenary Session II

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


  • Andrew Bihun (The Washington Group)


  • Myron Rabiy (Dentons LLP)
  • Temuri Yakobashvili (New International Leadership Institute)
  • James Kirchick (Foreign Policy Initiative)
  • Robert Orttung (George Washington University
  • Morgan Williams (US-Ukrainian Business Council)

Issues to Consider:

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

11:10 AM – 11:20 AM Coffee Break

11:10 AM – 12:30 PM Roundtable Plenary Session III

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


  • William Courtney (RAND Corporation)


  • John Herbst (Atlantic Council)
  • Steven Blank (American Foreign Policy Council)
  • Glen Howard (Jamestown Foundation)
  • Phillip Karber (Potomac Foundation)

Issues to Consider:

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

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM Working Lunch

Theme: Why a Free, Stable and Prosperous Ukraine Matters—UA Gov’t Perspective


  • Mykhailo Sawkiw (Ukrainian National Information Service)

Featured Speaker:

  • Andrij Lewus (Deputy Chair of National Security Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine)

1:10 PM – 2:25 PM Roundtable Plenary Session IV

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


  • Ilan Berman (American Foreign Policy Council)


  • Keith Smith (Center for European Policy Analysis)
  • Robert Bensh (Pelicourt)
  • Matt Czekaj (Jamestown Foundation)
  • Morgan Williams (US-Ukrainian Business Council)
  • Stephen Blank (US Army War College)

Issues to Consider:

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

2:25 PM – 3:35 PM Roundtable Plenary Session V

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


  • John O’Keefe (Open World Leadership Center)


  • Joanna Rohozinska (National Endowment for Democracy)
  • Taras Kuzio (University of Alberta/Johns Hopkins University)
  • Andrea Chalupa (Digital/Maidan)
  • Ayla Bakkalli (US Representative of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People)

Issues to Consider:

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

3:35 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


  • William Miller (Woodrow Wilson International Center)


  • William Taylor (United States Institute of Peace)
  • Roman Popadiuk (Morgan Lewis Consulting)
  • Oleksandr Potiekhin (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
  • Ostap Kryvdyk (UA National Security and Defense Council)

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 – 5:30 PM Closing Remarks Ceremony

Theme: Why a Free, Stable and Prosperous Ukraine Matters---US Government Perspective


  • Nadia McConnell (US-Ukraine Foundation)

Featured Speakers:

  • Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) (Chair of the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations) [Invited]

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Patrons’ Reception

[Venue: American Foreign Policy Council/Center for US Ukrainian Relations DC Bureau]


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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