Upcoming Events 2019
US-UA Security Dialogue X
Washington, DC
February 28, 2019
UA HES Special Event:
Sobornist' at 100
Ukrainian Museum
May 4, 2019   
US-UA BNS Special Event
Washington DC
May 23, 2019
US-UA WG Yearly Summit VI
Washington, DC
June 13, 2019

US-UA Energy Dialogue VI
Kyiv, Ukraine
August 29, 2019 
UA HES Special Event:
UA-AM Community at 125
Princeton Club/NY
September 21, 2019 
Washington, DC
October 10, 2019
LT-PL-UA Relations
November 9, 2019   

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 2018 - 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.
US-Ukraine Security Dialogue VIII: Speaker Bios
Article Index
US-Ukraine Security Dialogue VIII: Speaker Bios
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Phillip Karber

Phillip Karber is President of the Potomac Foundation; he was named to this position in 2012, having been a Senior Fellow since the Foundation’s inception in 1988. Dr. Karber is an internationally recognized expert in defense and national security matters; an accomplished business executive; and an academic. He has prepared studies on defense strategy for the highest levels of the U.S. government; advised major NATO governments on defense issues; headed BDM Corporation’s International Division; and taught courses in national security and military affairs at Georgetown University, where he also was founding director of the Asian Arms Control Project.

Pavlo Klimkin

Pavlo Klimkin presently serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Trained as a physicist, he started his career as a diplomat in 1993. Early on, he served as an attaché and second secretary in the department of military control and disarmament, also working in the departments involved with German diplomacy, nuclear and energy security, and economics. Min. Klimkin was appointed Minister-Counselor of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdom in 2004, a position he held until 2008. In March 2008 he was named the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's director for its European Union department; in April 2010 he became a Deputy Foreign Minister. In that role, the now veteran diplomat played a central role in negotiating the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement, particularly in its early stages in 2012. He served as both Deputy Foreign Minister and Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry until 2012, when he was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany. As ambassador, Min. Klimkin was influential in a number of international negotiations; in early June 2014, his portfolio included talks to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine. On 19 June 2014, 335 MPs of the Verkhovna Rada voted him into his present appointment.

Sander Levin

Sander “Sandy” Levin has been the voice of Michigan’s 9th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives since 1982. Rep. Levin is the Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. He also serves as Co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus and has long been one of Ukraine’s ‘best friends on the Hill’.

Andrii Levus

Andrew Levus is Chairman of the Subcommittee on State Security of the Committee on National Security and Defense Committee in Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. He also is co-founder of the Inter-Party Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Association and the Inter-Party Parliamentary Group “Nastup”. He is former Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Anatolii Matios

Anatoly Matios is Chief Military Prosecutor and Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine. He carries the rank of Major General of Security Service of Ukraine and and concurrently is Senior Counselor of Justice. Dep. In 2007, Prosecutor General Matios, who holds a PhD in Law, was awarded the honorary title of "Meritorious Jurist of Ukraine."

William Miller

William Miller is presently a Senior Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center. Between 1993-1998, 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.

Darrell Owens

Darrell Owens serves as the National Security Advisor & Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), handling the Senator's military, veterans, foreign affairs, and intelligence issue portfolio. After graduating from American University in Washington, DC, he worked for the National Energy Marketers Association for two years before joining the Capitol Hill office of Rep. John E. Peterson (PA-05). When Congressman Peterson retired in 2008, he joined the office of his successor, Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-05), where he handled Congressman Thompson's military and veterans issue portfolio before heading to the Senate in February 2015. Mr. Owen joined the United States Army Reserve in 2012, and he continues to serve and remain actively engaged with his Army detachment; he is a 2012 graduate of the Air Force Air Command & Staff College, and a 2016 graduate of the U.S. Army War College with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

Herman Pirchner

Herman Pirchner, in 1982, became the founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), a non-profit public policy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Under his leadership, AFPC has hosted the Washington visits of hundreds of foreign officials, ranging from the Prime Minister of Malta to the Prime Minister of Russia; conducted hundreds of briefings for members of Congress and their staffs; and organized dozens of fact-finding missions abroad for current and former senior American officials. AFPC’s publication program includes the sponsorship of numerous articles, monographs and books; in recent years, AFPC authors have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal (including the European and Asian editions), the Baltimore Sun and the US News & World Report, among other prominent newspapers and magazines.

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.

Robert Portman

Robert Portman was elected to the United States Senate tin 2010 to represent the State of Ohio, having earlier served both as congressman and US Trade Representative. In 2015, Sen. Portman was instrumental in forming the Senate Ukraine Caucus and currently serves as its Co-chair.

James Sherr

James Sherr is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and former head, between 2008 and 2011, of its Russia and Eurasia programme. He was a member of the Social Studies Faculty of Oxford University from 1993 to 2012, a fellow of the Conflict Studies Research Centre of the UK Ministry of Defence from 1995 to 2008 and Director of Studies of the Royal United Services Institute (1983-85) He is also a Visiting Fellow of the Razumkov Centre, Kyiv, a Senior Associate Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft and in June 2016, a GMF Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington. Prof. Sherr’s latest book is Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad (Chatham House, 2013). Other publications include The New East-West Discord: Russian Objectives, Western Interests (Clingendael, December 2015) ‘Ukraine: A War of Narratives and Arms’ (in The Russia Challenge, Chatham House, June 2015), The Mortgaging of Ukraine’s Independence (Chatham House 2010) and Russia and the West: A Reassessment (UK Defence Academy 2008).

Oleksandr Skrypnyk

Oleksiy Skrypnyk is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Education and Science of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Prior to his time in public service, Mr. Skrypnyk founded and co-owned of ELEKS Company, a Ukrainian 'high tech' company, employing nearly one thousand individuals, with four development centers locally and two representative centers in NYC & London. He additionally holds the distinction of having co-founded Ukraine's Institute for the Future.

Ihor Smeshko

Ihor Smeshko (Col. General) currently serves as the Head of the Intelligence Committee under the President of Ukraine, coordinating analysis and work to provide reliable information to Ukraine’s leadership, Armed forces and Special Forces. From 2003 to 2005, General Smeshko served as the head of the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) where he was instrumental in preventing the fraudulent ascension of Viktor Yanukovich and shepherding the Orange Revolution to a peaceful conclusion. Throughout his career, he has held several positions within Ukraine’s intelligence/defense community, including: Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine; Defense Attache to the United States (during which he negotiated a memorandum of military cooperation between the United States and Ukraine) Defense Attache to Switzerland and secretary of the Science Advisory Council of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

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.


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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