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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
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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 2016 - 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 2016 - 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 2016 - 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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Contested Ground Conference an Uncontested Success

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

Contested Ground Conference an Uncontested Success

A conference inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Allied Victory over the Nazis stimulated wide-ranging discussions by academics and policy analysts at a gathering held at the University of Alberta on 23-24 October. “Contested Ground: The Legacy of the Second World War for Eastern Europe,” was a successful joint undertaking of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and the Center for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations. It brought together an impressive array of experts from countries that included Ukraine, Poland, Finland, Romania, Moldova, Lithuania, Great Britain, Germany, Turkey, Israel, the United States and Canada.

Presenters took as their starting point the impact of the Second World on Eastern Europe, large parts of which were controversially consigned to the Soviet sphere of influence in the Cold War that followed the “Peace of 1945.” One major focus was the agreements negotiated at Yalta and Potsdam that shaped the destinies of states that were occupied by the Red Army and became Soviet republics or satellites. Meanwhile, other neighbouring states, like Finland and Austria, were forced to make concessions to appease Stalin’s ambitions and fears about Western influence.

Not surprisingly, many of the speakers also ended up addressing Russia’s current aggression towards Ukraine and the West. As was pointed out by a number of presenters, the government of Vladimir Putin is not only trying to restore the contentious postwar division of Europe by the Great Powers, it is simultaneously attempting to impose a distorted and debatable history of the Soviet regime and the war itself. Putin’s obvious goals are to bolster Russian pride and to reinforce his hold on power, while downplaying and denying the brutal excesses and failures of seventy years of Communist dictatorship. At the same time, by invoking rhetoric about the war being a great Soviet, and now explicitly Russian, triumph over Nazi Germany, the Kremlin is attempting to portray Moscow as a bastion of resistance to fascism, when Russia itself has increasingly become a fascistic autocracy that is actively cultivating radical right wing movements in Europe.

All of the academic sessions were well-attended by conference participants, as well as students and members of the Ukrainian community—among whom were registrants from Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. “Contested Ground” was entirely financed by donors from within the Ukrainian community, and it was mounted with extensive help from local volunteers. A gala banquet at the conclusion featured a keynote address by James Sherr of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), who received a standing ovation for his incisive, albeit sobering, analysis of the civilizational problems that continue to motivate the Russian actions that are fomenting both regional and global instability. Mr Sherr, along with several other conference presenters, expressed concern that the Kremlin’s reckless threats and behaviour could have very serious ramifications not just for Ukraine but for world peace.

Besides featuring four speakers from Ukraine, the conference program included a concise history of Crimean Tatars by Turkish scholar, Hakan Kirimli, which effectively challenged commonplace Russian myths about the peninsula. Two former ambassadors, a former Polish Defense Minister, and a retired colonel and military historian from Finland, all brought unique perspectives to the theme of the conference, which auspiciously took place on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on 24 October 1945. The high quality of so many of the presentations makes it extremely difficult to single out individual speakers, but it is clear that the mix of historians, think-tank analysts, and political scientists proved to be a winning combination.

Co-organizers of the event were Volodymyr Zaryckyj and Jars Balan. There are plans to publish select papers from the proceedings, and conference talks will soon be available for viewing over the internet at www.cusur.org and www.facebook.com/canadian.institute.of.ukrainian.studies/.

 

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