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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
Washington DC 
December 7-8, 2017 
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-UA Working Group Yearly Summit IV

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

June 16, 2016
Washington DC

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

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Focus Session I

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


  • Valeriy Chaly (Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States)

Featured Speaker:

  • Volodymyr Groysman (Prime Minister of Ukraine)

9:30 AM – 10:40 AM Plenary Session I

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


  • Nadia Diuk (National Endowment for Democracy)


  • Steven Nix (International Republican Institute)
  • Laura Jewett (National Democratic Institute)
  • David Kramer (McCain Institute)
  • Orest Deychakiwsky (US Helsinki Commission)

Issues to Consider:

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

10:40 AM – 10:45 AM Coffee Break

[Press Interviews]

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Plenary Session II

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


  • Roman Popadiuk (Morgan Lewis)


  • Anders Aslund (Atlantic Council)
  • Morgan Williams (US-Ukraine Business Council)
  • Lev Holubec (PriceWaterhouseCooper)
  • Myron Rabij (Dentons Global)

Special Guest Discussant:

  • Oleksandr Danyluk (Finance Minister of Ukraine)

Issues to Consider:

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

11:45 AM – 1:05 PM 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)
  • Janusz Bugajski (Center for European Policy Analysis)

Issues to Consider:

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

1:05 PM - 1:55 PM Focus Session II [Working Lunch]

Theme 1: Progress in Providing Ukraine With a Clearer European Future
Theme 2: Progress in Forging an Optimal Constitutional Arrangement for Ukraine


  • William Miller (Woodrow Wilson International Center)

Featured Speaker:

  • Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze (UA Deputy Prime Minister for Euro-Integration)
  • Bohdan Futey (Senior Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims)

1:55 PM – 3:05 PM Plenary Session IV

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


  • • Ilan Berman (American Foreign Policy Council)


  • Ariel Cohen (Atlantic Council)
  • Frank Mermoud (CUB Energy)
  • Thomas Murphy (Penn State University/Marcellus Outreach Program)
  • Keith Smith (Center for European Policy Analysis)

Issues to Consider:

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

3:05 PM – 3:10 PM Coffee Break

[Press Interviews]

3:10 PM – 4:20 PM Plenary Session V

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


  • John O’Keefe (Open World Leadership Center)


  • Idil Ismirli (George Mason University)
  • Alina Polyakova (Atlantic Council)
  • Joanna Rohozinska (National Endowment for Democracy)
  • Ethan Burger (American University/Washington School of Law)

Issues to Consider:

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

4:20 PM – 5:30 PM Plenary Session VI

Theme: Established National Identity – Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • William Taylor (United States Institute of Peace)


  • Adrian Karmazyn (US-Ukraine Foundation)
  • Nolan Peterson (Daily Signal)
  • Lewis Madanick (Open World Leadership Center)
  • Adrian Karatnycky (Atlantic 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’

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Closing Remarks Ceremony

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


  • Nadia McConnell (US-Ukraine Foundation)

Featured Speaker:

  • Alexander Kasanof [Director of the Office of UMB Affairs/ US Department of State]

7:00 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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