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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 V

 US-UA Working Group Yearly Summit V:

Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card

June 15, 2017                                           

Washington DC

Venue: US Library of Congress


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM       Registration


8:45 AM – 9:15 AM        The First Word

Theme: Why a Free, Stable and Prosperous Ukraine Still Matters---UA Government Perspective


  •  HE Valeriy Chaly [Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States] 

Featured Speaker:

  •  Andrij Parubiy [Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine] 


9:15 AM – 10:20 AM     Plenary Session I 

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


  •  Orest Deychakivsky [US Helsinki Commission] 


  •  Steven Nix [International [International Republican Institute]
  •  Katie Fox [National Democratic Institute]
  •  Nile Gardiner [Heritage Foundation]

Issues to Consider:

  • Fair Elections/Programmatic Parties
  • Free Media/Strong Civil Society
  • Respect for Human Rights
  • Impartial Judiciary


10:20 AM – 11:25 AM     Plenary Session II

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


  •  William Taylor [US Institute of Peace]


  •  Keith Crane [RAND Corp.]
  •  Neil Buckley [Financial Times]
  •  Adrian Karatnycky [Atlantic Council] 

Issues to Consider:

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


11:25 AM – 11:30 AM      Coffee Break


11:30 AM – 12:35 PM      Roundtable Plenary Session III

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


  •  William Courtney [RAND Corp.]


  •  Phillip Karber [Potomac Foundation]
  •  Nolan Peterson [Daily Signal]
  • James Kirchick [Foreign Policy Initiative]

Issues to Consider:

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


12:35 PM - 1:15 PM   Working Lunch

[Press Interviews During Break]

Theme: Accelerating the Reform Process – What Needs to Be Done?


  •  Andrew Futey [Ukrainian Congress Committee of America]

Featured Speaker:

  •  Ulana Suprun [Acting Minister of Health of Ukraine]


1:15 PM – 2:20 PM       Roundtable Plenary Session IV

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


  •   Keith Smith [Center for European Policy Analysis]


  •  Ariel Cohen [Institute for the Analysis of Global Security]
  •  Ilan Berman [American Foreign Policy Council]
  •  Roman Popadiuk [Morgan Lewis]

Issues to Consider:

  • Expanding Existing Production
  • Improving Transport & Storage Capacity
  • Tapping New Sources of Energy
  • Increasing Conservation 


2:20 PM – 2:25 PM      Coffee Break


2:25 PM – 3:30 PM    Roundtable Plenary Session V

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


  •  Adrian Karmazyn [US-Ukraine Foundation]


  •   Vlad Socor [Jamestown Foundation]
  •   Lubomyr Hajda [Harvard University]
  •   Yuri Sergeyev [Yale University] 

Issues to Consider:

  • Stable Class Relations
  • Manageable Differences Between State & Civil Society
  • Stable Inter-Ethnic & Interfaith Relations
  • Manageable Regional Differences


3:30 PM – 4:35 PM    Roundtable Plenary Session VI 

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


  •  Janusz Bugajski [Center for European Policy Analysis]


  • Herman Pirchner [American Foreign Policy Council]
  •  Glen Howard [Jamestown Foundation]
  •  Luke Coffey [Heritage Foundation]

Issues to Consider:

  • A Sense of a Common Past
  • A Sense of a Common Present
  • A Sense of a Common Future
  • Ability to Assimilate the ‘Other’


4:35 PM – 5:05 PM    A Closing Word

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

Chair:     John O’Keefe [Open World Leadership Center]        

Featured Speaker: Senator Roger Wicker [Head of the US Helsinki Commission] 


5:05 PM – 5:15 PM   The Final Tally

Tally-master Remarks:  Tamara Olexy [Ukrainian Congress Committee of America]


6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Patrons’ Reception  

[Venue: American Foreign Policy Council/Center for US Ukrainian Relations DC Bureau] 

509 C Street NE Washington DC 20002


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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