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
October 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.
Roundtable II: Speaker Bios


Anders Aslund is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Dr. Aslund served as an economic advisor to the Russian government from 1991 to 1994, and as an economic advisor to the Ukrainian government from 1994 to 1997. Since 1998, he has advised the government of Kyrgystan


Boris Bazylevskyi is Ukraine's Consul-General in Chicago. Prior to his posting in the United States, Consul-General Bazylevski served as Secretariat Director of the Ukrainian Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and Relations with the CIS


Andrew Bihun serves as International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce. In the mid 1990s, Mr. Bihun held the post of Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine


Ivan Bilas has been a member of the Parliament of Ukraine from 1994 to the present and is the Chairman of the Committee on Law Enforcement. He holds the rank of General in the National Guard of Ukraine. Since 1998, General Bilas has been the President of the Union of Ukrainian Officers


Ian Brzezinski is a Senior Professional Staff Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In this capacity, he advices the ranking Republican member of the Committee, Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), on matters concerning U.S. inter- ests in Europe, Russia and Ukraine, including those pertaining to NATO, EU, and the OSCE. Mr. Brzezinski also serves as the Secretary of the U.S. Senate Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly


Victor Chudowsky is a Program Officer at Meridian International Center, where he has worked on Freedom Support Act programs for political leaders from Ukraine and other newly independent states. In the late 1990s, Dr. Chudowsky was a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Strategic Studies in Kyiv


Stacy Closson served as the Ukraine Country Manager in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from November 1998 to August 2001. She currently works at the Caucasus Desk. In January 2001, Ms. Closson was the recipi- ent of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Civilian Service


Ariel Cohen is the Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Dr. Cohen manages a policy research program on Russia, the New Independent States and Central Europe, consulting Congressional staff members and leading American, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Hungarian and other Eurasian, Eastern and Central European decision makers


Leonard Coburn is Director of New Indendendent States, Russia and Middle East Affairs at the United States Department of Energy. In his capacity, Mr. Coburn is a key figure with regard to U.S. energy policy vis a vis Ukraine


William H. Courtney is President of DynCorp. From 1998 to 2000, he served as a senior advisor at the Congressionally- chaired U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. In 1997-98, Ambassador Courtney was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council staff for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. Previously, he served as Ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan


Nadia Diuk currently serves as Senior Program Officer for Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States at the National Endowment for Democracy, a private nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen demo- cratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. Dr. Diuk has supervised NED programs in this com- plex region since 1987


Paula Dobriansky is Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. While her present post requires a focus on U.S. relations with the International Community, Under Secretary Dobriansky is an acknowledged expert on matters relating to the post- Soviet space; from 1981 to 1987, she served in various posts in the Directorate on European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council


Jaroslav Dutkevych was the first Country Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Ukraine from 1992 to 2000. He developed and directed one of the largest and most successful U.S. Peace Corps and U.S. assistance programs in Ukraine


Jonathan Elkind is a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaboration of the University of Maryland and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From August 1998 to February 2001, Dr. Elkind served on the staff of the NSC as Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs. His portfolio included energy and environmental issues throughout the post-Soviet states, as well as lead responsibility for relations with the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia


Douglas Feith is Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. USDPFeith's responsiblities include myriad issues: arms control, multilateral 'threat reduction' conventions of various kinds, NATO matters and, perhaps most critical, the development of new 'security' paradigms


Andrew Fialko is Director of the Principal Foreign Policy Directorate in the Administration of the President of Ukraine. From 1996 to the present, Mr. Fialko has served as: Deputy Head of Ukrainian delegations to OSCE Fora, Member of the Ukrainian State Inter-agency Committee on Relations with NATO and Member of Ukraine's Commission on Relations with CEI


Bohdan Futey has served as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims since 1987. Judge Futey is actively involved with Democratization and Rule of Law programs organized by the Judicial Conference of the U.S., the Department of State and the American Bar Association in Ukraine and Russia


Michael Haltzel is senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-Delaware), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Staff Director of the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Committee. He is the lead Democratic Senate staffer on NATO and Balkan policy. Dr. Haltzel came to the Senate in 1994 from the Library of Congress, where he was Chief of the European Division


Olexiy Haran is both Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (UKMA). Dr. Haran is a member of the President's Public Advisory Board [Ukraine] and serves as a member of the advisory board of Kennan Institute [U.S.]


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn is the Director of the Vidrogenia Foundation. Dr. Hawrylyshyn serves as special advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Anatoliy Kinakh and the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Ivan Plyshch


Kostyantyn Hryshchenko is the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America. Ambassador Hryshchenko also serves as a member of the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. He served as Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and as the Head of the Ukrainian Mission to NATO from 1998 to 2000


Anatoliy Hrytsenko is President of the Razymkov Center. The Razymkov Center is considered to be one of the most presti- gious political think tanks in Ukraine


Robert Hughes is the current Chief, Regional Plans and Issues Division for the USAF Director of Operational Plans and Joint Matters. Immediately prior to taking on the current post, Colonel Hughes served as Defense Attache at the United States Embassy in Ukraine


Natalie Jaresko was named to the post of President and CEO of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund in February 2001. She is responsible for managing the Fund's strategic development, setting long-term business goals for portfolio companies and attracting capital to expand business opportunities. Prior to the appointment, Ms. Jaresko, as the Fund's CIO, successfully built a $63 million portfolio that included 19 companies in the region


Geza Jeszenszky has served as the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States of America since I998. Dr. Jeszensky was a founding member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum, (1990), which won the free elections of April 1990. From 1990 to 1994, he held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of J. Antall


Marcy Kaptur is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. Representative Kaptur, among her many responsibilities on the Hill, is a Co-chair of the Ukrainian Congressional Caucus


Thomas Keaney is the executive director of the Foreign Policy Institute and senior professor of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Until 1998, Dr. Keaney was a professor of military strategy at the National War College, Washington D.C., and director of its core courses on military thought and strategy


Ihor Kharchenko is Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine. From 1992 to 1997, Deputy Foreign Minister Kharchenko, head- ed the European Sector policy planning staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In July 1997, he was posted as Deputy Head of Ukraine's Mission to the UN and served in that capacity until September 1998


Eberhardt Koelsch became Deputy Chief of the Mission of the German Embassy in Washington in September, 1999. Immediately prior to coming to Washington, Dr. Koelsch served at the German Foreign Ministry, overseeing Germany's contribution to the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, first as European Correspondent and later as Deputy Political Director


Anatoliy Kinakh is the current Prime Minister of Ukraine. Prime Minister Kinakh was serving as a member of Ukrainian Parliament prior to his appointment; he had been elected to the seat in May 1999. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Kinakh held the post of President of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs SERGEI KONOPLYOV

Sergei Konoplyov is Executive Director of the Ukrainian National Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School. The program is geared to offering Ukrainian military officers an opportunity to study in the United States


Nicholas Krawciw is President of The Dupuy Institute (TDI), a military history research center in McLean, Virginia. He is also a consulant on Ukraine in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense - International Security Policy. General Krawciw retired from the U.S. Army in July 1990, after 31 years in command and staff positions


Laryssa Kyj is the president of the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. and the executive vice-president of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. Concurrently, she is a professor in the Accounting and Finance Department at Rowan University in New Jersey. In 1992, Dr. Kyj was a consultant to the IMF on a number of its missions to Ukraine


Alan Larson is the first career Foreign Service Officer to serve as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs. As the senior economic advisor to Secretary Powell, Ambassador Larson's responsibilities include the entire range of international economic policy


F. Stephen Larrabee is a Senior Staff member at RAND in Washington, D.C. and holds the RAND Corporate Chair in European Security. From 1978-1981, Dr. Larrabee served on the U.S. National Security Council staff in the White House as a specialist on Soviet-East European affairs and East-West political-military relations


George Laszkiewicz is a Vice President for International Projects and Development at Compro Inc. in its New York office. Dr. Laszkiewicz manages company projects concerning remediation technologies for Chornobyl Exclusion Zone and Dniprodzerzhinsk Radioactive Waste Repository, as well as projects pertaining to new material for the nuclear industry developed in cooperation with Ukrainian research and development institutions


Nancy Lee is the U.S. Treasury Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eurasia, responsible for economic and finan- cial issues in U.S. relations with 28 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Southeast Europe and other transition economies of Europe


Nelson C. Ledsky has directed democratic development programs in the post Soviet space since 1992 for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Ambassador Ledsky served as U.S. negotiator in Germany and U.S. Special Coordinator for Cyprus (1989-92), and as a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1987-89)


John Micgiel is both Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Europe at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Dr. Micgiel brings a good deal of personal knowledge to the subject of contemporary Ukrainian-Polish relations; he has witnessed, first hand, the benefits of academ- ic exchange between Polish and Ukrainian institutions of higher learning


William Miller served as the second United States Ambassador to Ukraine. During his tenure, Ambassador Miller was eye- witness to some of the most fundamental transformations of the Ukrainian State, including the ratification of Ukraine's Constitution


Ihor Mitiukov is Finance Minister of Ukraine, having assumed the post in February 1997. From 1995 to 1997, Minister Mitiukov was the Vice Prime Minister of Financial and Banking Affairs. Prior to 1995, he served in the International Relations Department of the National Bank of Ukraine


Jennifer Moroney, as an Associate in DFI International's Government Practice, is a project manager for contracts with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, NATO, European, and Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia offices. Dr. Moroney was a NATO Research Fellow from 1999-2001, and has published numerous articles on Ukraine, European Security, and NATO/EU enlargement and regional security cooperation in Europe/Eurasia


Cameron Munter become Director for Central Europe at the National Security Council in December 1999. Director Munter's portfolio covers Ukraine in the east to Germany in the west, Bulgaria in the south the Nordic and Baltic states in the north, a total of twenty one countries


Piotr Naimski served as Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Poland in the Government of J. Buzek. At present, Dr. Naimski is Director of the International Affairs Department at WSB/ National-Louis University in Nowy Sacz, Poland


George Nesterczuk is President of Nesterczuk and Associates, a government relations and management consulting firm located in Vienna, VA. Until recently he was Vice President of Global USA, Inc. Prior to joining Global, Mr. Nesterczuk spent five years as Staff Director of the Civil Service Subcommittee of the Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives


Steven Nix is Regional Program Director for Eurasia at the International Republican Institute. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Nix served as Outside Legal Counsel for the Ukrainian Parliament's Committee on Legal and Judicial Reform. Upon his return to the U.S., he accepted a position as Senior Democracy Specialist at USAID, where he assisted in the design and imple- mentation of democracy programs in Eastern Europe and the New Independent States


Olga Oliker is a Research Associate at RAND Corporation's Center for Russia and Eurasia. Her area of interest has been and remains European security, Russia and Ukraine. Her recent article: Ukraine and the Caspian - An Opportunity for the US is a must read for anyone interested in U.S.-Ukrainian energy relations


Ihor Ostash has been a member of the Parliament of Ukraine from 1994 to the present and is Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Ukraine-Australia Interparliamentary Group and is a member of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe


Hafiz Pashayev is the first Ambassador of Azeribijian to the United States of America. He arrived in Washington, D.C. in February 1993 and presented his credentials to President Clinton on April 14, 2001. Since assuming his post, Ambassador Pashayev has concentrated on the imperative necessity to develop, broaden, and enhance bilateral U.S.-Azeri relations


Carlos Pascual arrived in Kyiv on October 19, 2000 as the fourth United States Ambassador to Ukraine. From July 1998 through January 2000, Ambassador Pascual served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the NSC. He guided U.S. policy to encourage Ukraine's commitment to democratic and market reform and its integration with Europe


William G. Perett is Director of the Office of Ukrainian, Moldovan, and Belarusian Affairs at the Department of State. Dr. Perett joined the Foreign Service in 1977 and has served in Iran, India, Portugal, Switzerland and Moldova. He has held a variety of positions in the Department of State, predominantly in European affairs


Steven Pifer, a career senior Foreign Service Officer (class of Minister-Counselor), is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. From January 1998 to October 2000, DAS Pifer served as the third United States Ambassador to Ukraine


Herman Pirchner is founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council. In recent years, in addition to the steady flow of books and articles, the Council has worked with over 100 members of Congress and numerous Executive Branch officials on foreign travel, exchanges and foreign policy briefings. Mr. Pirchner previously served as Director of Legislation for Senator Roger Jepsen (R-Iowa)


Serhiy Rakhmanin is senior correspondent for Dzerkalo Tyzhnya (Mirror Weekly), one of Ukraine's most highly respected broadsheets . He is considered by his peers to be one of the ten most influental journalists in Ukraine


Mykhailo Ratushyi has been a member of the Parliament of Ukraine from 1994 to the present. He is member of the Parliament's Law Enforcement Committee. He also is the Vice-Chairman of the Ukrainski Narodny Rukh (UNR). Mr. Ratushny served as Vice-President of the Independent Labor Movement in Ukraine from 1990 to 1994


Robert Schaffer is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado. Representative Schaffer, among his many responsibilities on the Hill, is a co-Chair of the Ukrainian Congressional Caucus


Edilberto Segura has served as Chief Economist of SigmaBleyzer since 1999. Prior to joining SigmaBleyzer, Dr. Segura was the Head of the World Bank Mission in Ukraine and had a distinguished 27-year career with the World Bank in sever- al senior positions around the world. He is currently a visiting professor at Oxford, where he is teaching a course on Emerging Capital Markets


Muhammed Shadman-Valavi is Division Chief/ Assistant Director of the European II Department of the International Monetary Fund. In that capacity, Dr. Shadman-Valavi has headed IMF missions to Armenia, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, and supervised mission work on Belarus, Lithuania and the Kyrgyz Republic


Louise Shelley is a Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society and the School of International Service at AmericanUniversity. Dr. Shelley is founder and director of the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), a center devoted to teaching, research and training on these issues. She is a leading U.S. expert on organized crime and cor- ruption in the former Soviet Union, as well as an expert on transnational OC and corruption


Olexander Skipalsky is Deputy Minister of Emergency Affairs. From 1991 to 1992, General Skipalsky was the Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate in the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU). In 1992, he was appointed to the post of Head of the Intelligence Directorate in Ukraine's Ministry of Defense and served his appointment until 1997. He was assigned to his current position in 1998


Tamara Solanyk was appointed to the post of Alternative Executive Director at the World Bank in June 1999. The coun- tries within the scope of her responsibilities include: Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Israel, Macedonia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Romania and Ukraine. Prior to her appointment at the World Bank, Ms. Solanyk was the Deputy Head of the National Agency of Ukraine for Development and European Integration


Volodymyr Stelmakh is the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine. Concurrently with his present appointment, Governor Stelmakh serves on several Presidential Coordinating Committees and is a member of a Consultative Council that deals with matters of foreign investments into Ukraine


Angela Stent is Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government at Georgetown University. During the academic year 2000-2001, Dr. Stent took an academic leave of absense to serve on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department

Olexander Sushko

Olexander Sushko is the Director of the Center for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy of Ukraine. Dr. Sushko's CPCF- PU Internet Newsletter, funded in part by the USAID Freedom Support Program, provides timely analysis of key political, economic, security and diplomatic issues facing the Ukrainian political and social leadership


Borys Tarasyuk served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine from December 1999 til October 2000. From1995 to 1998, Minister Tarasyuk was Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In 1997, he was appointed as the first Head of the Ukrainian Mission to NATO. At present, Minister Tarasyuk is Director of the Institute for EuroAtlantic Cooperation


William B. Taylor Jr. is the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States in the Department of State. Before coming to work for the Coordinator's Office in July 1992, Ambassador Taylor spent five years in Brussels as the Special Deputy Defense Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO


John Tedstrom is Vice President for Policy at The Institute for East-West Studies in New York City. From March 1999 through June 2000, Dr. Tedstrom served as Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council


Olexandr Todiychuk is Chairman Of TRANS NAFTA. In his capacity, it would not be an exaggeration to state that Mr. Todiychuk holds ultimate responsibility for the energy infrastructure of Ukraine


J. Michael Waller is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council and editor-in-chief of, an electronic news and information service on international defense and security issues. Dr. Waller is a senior writer at Insight magazine and is author of four books, including Secret Empire: The KGB In Russia Today


Myron Wasylyk is Vice President and Managing Director of the PBN Company. Prior to joining PBN in 1996, Mr. Wasylyk was a full-time advisor to the Chairman of the State Property Fund of Ukraine. From 1993-1994, he served as Executive Secretary of the Council of Advisors to the Parliament of Ukraine


Boguslaw Winid is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Polish Embassy in Washington. From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Winid served initially as First Secretary and later as Counselor for Congressional Relations at the Embassy. Immediately prior to the present posting, he served as Director of the North American Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Poland]


Bohdan Yaremenko is U.S. Desk Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Prior to his present posting, Mr. Yaremenko spent several years in the United States as Political Attache at the Ukrainian Consulate in New York


Ivan Zayets was Ukraine's Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources from January 2000 til May 2001. Prior to his ministerial appointment, Mr. Zayets served as member of Ukrainian Parliament for several years. He is a leading figure in the Narodny Rukh Ukrainy (NRU), having been one of its founding fathers.


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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