Upcoming Events 2021
US-UA Security Dialogue XII
Washington, DC [Webcasting]
March 3-4 5, 2021 
US-UA BNS (Forum XI)
New York City [ [Webcasting]
April 15, 2021
US-UA WG Yearly Summit IX
Washington DC [Webcasting]
June 16-17, 2021

US-UA Energy Dialogue SE
Kyiv [Webcasting] 
August 30, 2021 
UA HES Special Event:
Ukraine at 30
Year Retrospective 
Ukrainian Institute of America
September 18, 2021 

Washington, DC
University Club 
October 21, 2021 

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.
The 'Peace of 1945': Case Study in Consequences: Moldova & Romania

UA HES Special Event: Contested Ground
The Legacy of the Second World War in Eastern Europe

The 'Peace of 1945': Case Study in Consequences: Moldova & Romania

Aurel Braun

Presentation abstract by Aurel Braun, Professor of International Relations and Political Science University of Toronto and Center Associate, Davis Center, Harvard University, delivered during UA HES Special Event: Contested Ground, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton AB, October 23-24, 2015.

Legacies may not be strictly predictive but they can complicate and foreshadow. In the case of Romania the impact of the “Peace of 1945” continues to be deeply felt even if not always fully understood. From 1939 on a destructive war, horrific atrocities, competing totalitarian movements, political maneuvers and geographic divisions fueled dislocation and disorientation. The “Peace of 1945” in crucial ways embedded rather than resolved key problems and saddled Romania with a toxic historical legacy where she regained some territory, lost others and had a political order imposed largely by external forces that for several decades separated the country from its natural European cultural hinterland.

As well, large numbers of ethnic Romanians were left outside the country’s borders in a Soviet republic, and now an independent state, Moldova, that is bedeviled by a “frozen conflict” that the Kremlin may unfreeze at will. Yalta and Potsdam also left Romanians with a sense of Western abandonment and a legacy of Soviet brutality and hegemonic imposition of communism.

Not surprisingly, Romania looks to the West and the key institutions of NATO and the European Union with both hope and anxiety and seeks hard security guarantees. At the same time Bucharest views Russia with mistrust and even fear, where a very troublesome historical legacy seems corroborated and revived by the Kremlin’s current aggressiveness in a region that is so close and vital to Romania.


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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