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 [Webcasting]
October 21-22, 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.
Speakers’ Bios: US-Ukraine Working Group Yearly Summit IV
Article Index
Speakers’ Bios: US-Ukraine Working Group Yearly Summit IV
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Adrian Karmazyn

Adrian Karmazyn is a Special Advisor for Strategic Communications and Development at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation. From 2005 to 2015 he served as Chief of the Ukrainian Service of the Voice of America, during which time VOA significantly expanded its impact and audience in Ukraine's television market. Prior to his appointment to a management role at VOA, he worked as a journalist in the Ukrainian Service.

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, having been elected into the Verkhovna Rada in 2014, as a member of the Poroshenko Bloc, presently serves as Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for Euro-Integration. Before embracing a political career, DPM Klympush-Tsintsadze was a noted journalist and civil society activist. From 2002 until 2007, she worked as a correspondent for the BBC Ukrainian in the United States and Caucasus region; between 2009 and 2011, she served as senior staffer and director of 'Open Ukraine' Charity fund; from 2011 until 2014, she was director of "Yalta European Strategy" group.

David J. Kramer

David J. Kramer is presently Director for Human Rights & Democracy at the McCain Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, he was President of Freedom House, which he joined in October 2010; he concurrently taught at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University. Earlier, Mr. Kramer served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from March 2008 to January 2009. He also was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus affairs.

Lewis Madanick

Lewis Madanick is currently Program Manager for the Open World Leadership Development Center, charged with bringing a new generation of leaders from Lithuania, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to the United States for an “internship in building responsible civil society and democratic government”.

Nadia K. McConnell

Nadia K. McConnell is President of the US-Ukraine Foundation, which she helped found in 1991 to promote democratic development and free market reform in Ukraine. The Foundation's first initiative in Ukraine was the Pylyp Orlyk Institute, a non partisan, locally registered, public policy research organization.

Frank Mermoud

Frank Mermoud presently serves on the Board of Directors of Cub Energy and concurrently is President of Orpheus International; his work with Cub has provided him with a particularly keen sense of the issues foreign energy operations face in Ukraine. Mr. Mermoud has more than 30 years of experience in international business, facilitating capital, trade and investment in both the public and private sectors; he has held senior international, economic and commercial policy positions within the United States government.

William Miller

William Miller is presently a Senior Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center. Earlier, he served as the second US Ambassador to Ukraine. During his tenure, Ambassador Miller was eyewitness to some of the most fundamental transformations of the Ukrainian State, including the ratification of Ukraine's Constitution.

Thomas Murphy

Thomas Murphy is Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research (MCOR); he has 30 years of experience working with public officials, researchers, industry, government agencies, and landowners during his tenure with the Outreach branch of the University. His work has centered on educational consultation in natural resource development, with an emphasis specifically in natural gas exploration and related topics for the last ten years. He lectures globally on natural gas development from shale, the economics driving the process, environmental aspects, evolving drilling technologies, critical infrastructure, resource utilization, and LNG export trends.

Steven Nix

Steven Nix is Director of the Eurasian Division 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 implementation of democracy programs in Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.

Victoria Nuland

Victoria Nuland assumed her position as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs on September 18, 2013. As Assistant Secretary. she is responsible for diplomatic relations with 50 countries in Europe and Eurasia, as well as with NATO, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. A career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Nuland has served in myriad posts, among them the most prominent being State Department Spokesperson, Special Envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, 18th United States Permanent Representative to NATO and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

John O'Keefe

John O'Keefe is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. Before assuming his current duties as Executive Director of the Open World Leadership Development Program, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Director General, Bureau of Human Resources [2004-2006]. Prior to that, Ambassador O'Keefe headed the Office of Career Development and Assignments from July 2003 to April 2004. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from August 2000 to July 2003.

Nolan Peterson

Nolan Peterson is the foreign correspondent for The Daily Signal, the news site of the Heritage Foundation. He is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Peterson's work has also appeared on Newsweek, the National Interest, Fox News, BBC, CNN and other outlets. Peterson has reported extensively from the front lines in eastern Ukraine since 2014 and was one of the first foreign journalists to embed with the regular Ukrainian army in combat. Peterson is a former U.S. Air Force special operations pilot, and has also reported from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, throughout Eastern Europe and recently spent several months on assignment in the Himalayas reporting on Tibetan freedom fighters. He is writing a book about his experiences covering the Ukraine war.

Alina Polyakova

Alina Polyakova is the Deputy Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, where she is engaged with the Council’s work on Russia and Ukraine; concurrently, she is a Swiss National Science Foundation Senior Research Fellow and co-investigator on a multi-year project examining the rise of far-right political parties in the European Union. Dr. Polyakova is a frequent media commentator on developments in Ukraine, Russia, and Europe. Her writings have appeared in major publications and academic journals including the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, Newsweek and the Journal of European Public Policy.

Roman Popadiuk

Roman Popadiuk, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, is a principal at Morgan Lewis Consulting. A retired member of the career Senior Foreign Service, Dr. Popadiuk brings more than 30 years of experience in the areas of national security, political risk analysis, communications strategy and energy policy, including serving on the National Security Councils of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. With his vast experience and contacts that span the globe, he brings a unique insight into international political and business matters.

Myron Rabij

Myron B. Rabij is a Global Partner with Dentons, the world’s largest international law firm, in its Kyiv and New York offices and is the Head of both Dentons Energy and Natural Resources Practice and Real Estate Practice in Ukraine. Mr. Rabij specializes in corporate/M&A, upstream oil and gas and alternative energy, complex commercial real estate and strategic advising to clients; he has been representing international and Ukrainian clients for over 22 years in complex negotiations of joint ventures, cross-border acquisitions, construction and development, hotel management, international arbitration, and on general matters of Ukrainian corporate law.

Joanna Rohozinska

Joanna Rohozinska is Senior Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has worked in the area of civil-society development for more than 12 years throughout Central and Eastern Europe; she has written extensively on matters related to her area of expertise.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith is currently Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis; immediately prior to that appointment, he was Senior Advisor in the Europe Division at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS). In 2000, Ambassador Smith retired from the State Department's Foreign Service after serving from 1997 to 2000 as the American Ambassador in Lithuania. In Europe, he was also posted to Hungary (twice), Norway and Estonia.

William B. Taylor, Jr.

William B. Taylor, Jr. is Vice President for the Middle East and Africa at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Taylor was the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the State Department, appointed by the Secretary of State to ensure that U.S. support for the countries of the Arab revolutions was effective; his task was to coordinate assistance and support to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. He served as the U.S. envoy to Ukraine, the sixth in a line of distinguished US diplomats, from 2006 to 2009.

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams is President of US-Ukraine Business Council as well as Director of Government Affairs at the SigmaBleyzer Emerging Markets Private Equity Investment Group. Additionally, Mr. Williams edits and publishes the Action Ukraine Report, an indispensable informational tool for all who cover issues related to Ukraine.


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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