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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.
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 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.
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.
Program: US-Ukraine Security Dialogue VII


Taking New Measure of Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’:
Assessing Security Challenges Facing the ‘Frontline States’

February 25, 2015

Venue: 1777 F Street NW, Washington DC 20006 [1st Floor Conference Room]

8:30 am – 9:00 am — Registration

9:00 am – 9: 25 am — Word of Welcome:

  • [US]: Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)
  • [UA]: HE Valeriy Chaly [Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States]

9:25 am – 9:55 am — The First Question: Which States Constitute RU’s ‘Near Aboard’? Should They Be Worried?


  • William Taylor [United States Institute of Peace]


  • Stephen Blank [American Foreign Policy Council]

9:55 am – 11:15 am — Panel I [Extended Discussion] --- The 'Hybrid War in Ukraine': Sampling of a 'Frontline State' Future?


  • John Herbst [Atlantic Council]

Lead Remarks:

  • Andriy Parubiy [Vice Speaker of the Rada of Ukraine; Fmr. Head of the UA National Security & Defense Council]


  • Glen Howard [Jamestown Foundation]
  • Ariel Cohen [Atlantic Council; Institute for the Analysis of Global Security]
  • Derek Fraser [University of Victoria]

11:15 am – 12:30 pm — Focus Session II: Assessing Threat Risks to the 'Traditional Near Abroad' [GUAM Members; the Baltic States; Central Asia & Belarus]


  • William Courtney [RAND Corporation]


  • Temuri Yakobashvili [German Marshall Fund]
  • Vlad Spanu [Moldova Foundation]
  • Marius Laurinavicius [Center For European Policy Analysis]
  • Paul Goble [Windows on Eurasia]

Suggested Topics:

  • Moldova, Georgia & Azerbaijan: Will Frozen Conflicts Remain Frozen?
  • The Baltic States: Any Grounds for Fearing a 'Sudeten Russian' Card?
  • Central Asia & Belarus: Is Anyone Watching for 'Bear-tracks'?

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm — Lunch Break [Press Interviews]

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm — Focus Session II: Might the United States Become a ‘Frontline State’?


  • Herman Pirchner [American Foreign Policy Council]


  • Michael Carpenter [Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense/EEA][INVITED]

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm — Focus Session III: Is Canada on the ‘Frontline’ in the Arctic?


  • William Miller [Woodrow Wilson International Center]


  • James Bezan [Member of Canadian Parliament/NDC]

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm — Focus Session IV: Assessing Risks to the 'Recent Additional Near Abroad' [Nordic Neutrals; Visegrad Countries; Black Sea Nations]


  • David Kramer [McCain Institute]


  • Henryk Lax [MP Emeritus/Finnish Parliament-European Parliament]
  • Margarita Assemova [Jamestown Foundation]
  • Aurel Braun [University of Toronto]
  • Hüseyin Oylupinar [Harvard University]

Suggested Topics:

  • Scandinavian 'Neutral States' – An Umbrella Too Short?
  • Do the Visegrad States Face a ‘Iskander Intimidation Factor’ in Kaliningrad?
  • Do the Black Sea Nations Face a ‘Iskander Intimidation Factor’ in Crimea?

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm — Highlight IRU ‘Information Ops’ in the Old & New ‘Near Abroard


  • Adrian Karmazyn [US-Ukraine Foundation; Former VOA UA Desk Chief]


  • Ostap Kryvdyk [Senior Advisor to the UA Rada Vice Speaker; Former Information Officer of the UA Nat. Sec. & Defense Council]]

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm — A Final Word

  • Sen. Robert Portman [R-OH] [Senate Ukraine Caucus Co-Chair]

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm — Evening Reception: American Foreign Policy Council


  • The US-UA Security Dialogue VII Organizing Committee


  • American Foreign Policy Council
  • Center for US-Ukrainian Relations
  • Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation
  • US-Ukraine Foundation

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 February 2016 )

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