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 VIII: Speaker Bios
Article Index
Roundtable VIII: Speaker Bios
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Lewis Madanick

Lewis Madanick is currently Program Manager for the US Library of Congress’ 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”.

John Micgiel

John S. Micgiel teaches the modern history and politics of East Central Europe at Columbia University. He serves as Director of the East Central European Center, Deputy Director of the Harriman Institute, and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Europe.

William Miller

William Miller is presently a Senior Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center. Earlier, he served as the second United States 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.

Friedemann Müller

Friedemann Müller is a senior fellow of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Dr. Muller is considered one of Europe's most prominent energy-policy experts.

Hryhoriy Nemyria

Hryhoriy Nemyria is a ranking member of the BUT-y Deputies Fratziya in the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada and chief foreign policy advisor to the bloc's leader, Julia Tymoshenko. Earlier, Dr. Nemyria served as the Director of the Center for European and International Studies (CEIS), Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and Chair, Department for European Integration, Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration. He is an expert on European integration, regionalism and Ukraine’s foreign policy.

Jan Neutze

Jan Neutze is the Assistant Director for the Program on Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council of the United States and a dedicated monitor of transitional democracies in Eastern Europe.

Viktor Nikitiuk

Viktor Nikitiuk holds the rank of Minister-Counselor and presently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Ukraine to the United States. Prior to his current appointment, he served in a ranking position at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Agency.

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.

John O'Keefe

John O'Keefe is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. Before assuming his duties as Exec. Director of the LOC's 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.

Angelos Pangratis

Angelos Pangratis is the Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Delegation to the United States. Mr. Pangratis served as Ambassador and Head of Delegation for the European Commission’s Delegation to Argentina from 2003 to 2005.

Hryhoriy Perepelitsya

Hryhoriy Perepelitsya is presently the Director of the UA Foreign Policy Research Institute. Concurrently, he is Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv University. Prior to his new appointment, Dr. Perepelitsya was the Deputy Director of the Military Department at Ukraine's National Institute for Strategic Studies.

Jan Pieklo

Jan Pieklo is Director of Polish Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation [PAUCI]. An experienced NGO professional and journalist, Jan has spent many years dedicated to international cooperation and development. With deep interest in Ukrainian and regional issues, he has successfully worked to broaden Polish-Ukrainian and regional cooperation, particularly as a former Director of the Bridges to the East Institute for the Krakow-based ZNAK Foundation.

Steven Pifer

Steven Pifer currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A career Senior Foreign Service Officer (class of Minister-Counselor), he recently completed a tour of duty as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. From January 1998 to October 2000, Ambassador Pifer served as the United States’ third envoy to Ukraine.

Will Pomeranz

Will Pomeranz is Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He as served as Program Officer for Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, National Endowment for Democracy; worked as a Associate at Baker & McKenzie, Moscow, Russia and taught as Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University.

Herman Pirchner

Herman Pirchner is 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).

Janusz Reiter

Janusz Reiter became Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States on Oct. 3, 2005. In the halcyon 1980s, Poland's current envoy to the US helped establish the Foundation for International Initiatives and the Independent Center for International Studies. From 1984 to 1989, he was a commentator for Przeglad Katolicki and the following year was appointed Poland's ambassador to West Germany, a post he held until 1995. As such, Ambassador Reiter was able to witness first-hand the reunification of Germany and its profound impact on the rest of Europe. Since 1998, Ambassador Reiter has served as president of the Center for International Relations in Warsaw.

Bob Schaffer

Bob Schaffer was a distinguished member of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado from 1994 until 2004. Representative Schaffer, among his many responsibilities on the Hill, was co-Chair of the Ukrainian Congressional Caucus. In 2008, he plans to run for the seat being vacated by Senator Allard of Colorado.

Yuri Scherbak

Yuri Scherbak is currently Director of the Center for Global and Area Studies at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Dr. Scherbak was appointed Ukraine's first Ambassador to Israel in 1992 and remained in that post until November, 1994, when he was appointed Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States. In November 1998, he finished his duty as Ambassador to the United States and was appointed Adviser to the President of Ukraine on International Issues. From March 2000 till May 2003, the esteemed Ukrainian diplomat acted as Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada.

Yuri Sergeyev

Yuri Sergeyev is the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. Prior to his current posting, Ambassador Sergeyev served as Ukraine's envoy to France as well as to Greece.

Steven Sestanovich

Steven Sestanovich is currently Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Sestanovich served as Ambassador at Large to the Newly Independent States.

Klaus Scharioth

Klaus Scharioth is Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Germany to the United States. From 1993 to 1996, Germany's current envoy to the US was Director of the Private Office to the NATO Secretary General in Brussels, Belgium, In the Foreign Ministry he thereafter held posts as Head of the Defense and Security Policy Division (1996-1997), and as Head of the International Security and North America Directorate (1998-1999). Klaus Scharioth was appointed Head of the Office of Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel in 1998. Under Joschka Fischer, Amb. Scharioth became Political Director (1999-2002) before serving as State Secretary of the German Foreign Office from 2002 onwards.

Oleh Shamshur

Oleh Shamshur is Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States. Immediately prior to his present posting, Ambassador Shamshur was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. From October 2003 to February 2004, he served as Head of the European Union Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; in the 1998-2003, he served as Minister/Counselor, Embassy of Ukraine to the Benelux Countries.

James Sherr

James Sherr is a Fellow of the Conflict Studies Research Centre, which is part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom He is also Lecturer in International Relations at Lincoln College, Oxford, a consultant to NATO on Ukraine, and he was a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee during the last parliament He is the author of approximately 100 publications on Russia, Ukraine and European security.

Roman Shpek

Roman Shpek is currently Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union. Prior to his present appointment, Ambassador Shpek served in several key postings with the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade.

Ron Slimp

Ron Slimp is a Partner at TD International. He specializes in the area of energy security and energy diversification. During the last two years, he has focused considerable attention on Ukraine. Last fall, he was asked to serve as a formal consultant to the Tymoshenko Bloc on foreign relations issues.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith is Senior Advisor in the Europe Division at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS); his most recent publication: “Russian Energy Politics in the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine” has prompted very serious attention. 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.

Tom Spellman

Tom Spellman is Director of Trade and Financial Services at Halliburton. Mr. Spellman has been at the center of an important set of energy alternative projects sponsored by Halliburton in Ukraine

Bohdan Sokolovsky

Bohdan Sokolovsky is Foreign Policy Advisor of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine. Dr. Sokolovski has worked a Minister-Consul at the Embassies of Ukraine to Germany, Austria and the United States.

Oleksandr Sushko

Oleksandr Sushko is the Director of the Center for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy of Ukraine; he also serves in an advisory capacity at the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine. Dr. Sushko's CPCFPU's Internet Newsletter, provides timely analysis of key political economic, security and diplomatic issues facing the Ukrainian political and social leadership.

Oleksandr Todiychuk

Oleksandr Todiychuk currently serves as the Head of the Experts' Group on the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Energy Cooperation between Ukraine and EU. Immediately prior to his current position, Mr. Todiychuk was the Chairman of the Board of JSC UKRTRANSNAFTA; he served at the post from 2001until 2003 and again from 2005 until mid 2006. From 1994 – 2001, Mr. Todiychuk headed the Institute of Oil Transportation. His knowledge of the oil transit systems in Ukraine is extensive, to say the least.

Borys Tarasyuk

Borys Tarasyuk has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in governments headed by Prime Ministers Valeriy Pustovoitenko, Viktor Yushchenko, Yuliya Tymoshenko, Yuri Yekhanurov and Viktor Yanukovych. He is the Head of the NRU People’s Rukh of Ukraine, Director of the Institute of Euro-Atlantic Cooperation and member of the National Council on Adapting Ukrainian Law to European Union Law as well as a member of the Anti-Crisis Center. Between 2001 and 2003, Ambassador Tarasyuk was a member of the PRP/Reforms and Order political party.

Celeste A. Wallander

Celeste A. Wallander is Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously, she was Director and Senior Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2001-2006); Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. (2000-2001); and Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University (1989-2000). Dr. Wallander is the founder and executive director of the Program on New Approaches to Russian Security. She is the author of over 70 scholarly and public interest publications

Morgan Williams

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

Andrii Veselovski

Andrii Veselovski is Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. From 2000 to 2005, he was the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg as well as Head of Ukraine's Mission to NATO. Prior to his Brussels posting , he served as Ukraine's envoy to Canada.


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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