Projects

2019 CUSUR CALENDAR
 
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 
 
UA QUEST RT XX
Washington, DC
October 10, 2019
 
UA HES Forum VII:
LT-PL-UA Relations
Chicago
November 9, 2019   
 

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ukraine's Democratic Development

Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VIII:
"Ukraine-EU Relations"

Ukraine's Democratic Development

David Kramer

Remarks by David Kramer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs delivered during Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VIII: "Ukraine-EU Relations" Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC, October 16, 2007.

Let me offer my thanks to the conference organizers. I'm pleased to be here today to discuss U.S. views on developments in Ukraine.

The United States wants to see Ukraine solidify its democratic gains, continue reform, and take its place as an integral part of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. We want to see Ukraine become a model for the region and work together with the U.S. and others to promote reform, peaceful resolutions of conflicts and democracy. The United States also appreciates Ukraine 's contributions to the war against terror.

Prior to the elections on September 30, we stressed the importance of free and fair elections. The U.S. did not take sides; we will work with any government produced from a democratic process. We also have expressed our continued support for Ukraine's European choice, its Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and its integration into international institutions.

We encouraged all parties to dedicate themselves publicly to a clean campaign, and to put Ukraine's national interests before personal gain. The OSCE-ODIHR has judged in its preliminary report that the elections were conducted mostly in line with OSCE and Council of Europe commitments. We are pleased by this assessment. In FY07, the U.S. provided about $3.4 million for activities specifically targeted to promote a free and fair election. This included support for international monitoring, elections administration, training for parties and media, and support for elections NGOs.

Many, many months over the past few years have been spent on elections, campaigning and government formation. It is time to get down to business and focus on governing. It is time to get on with it. We have stressed that we are eager to begin working with a new government, and we hope that the process of coalition formation is an expeditious one. Just as we have worked with the current democratically-elected government, we anticipate close cooperation with the next government. We have a broad agenda and are eager to get to work. Let me also stress the importance of having a strong Rada. The idea of boycotting the new Rada and forcing new elections strikes me as most unwise and harmful to Ukraine's development.

The U.S. and EU are very much in sync in our hopes that Ukraine will continue to build its young democracy and actively pursue reforms.

We work together and are very much coordinated in our support for Ukraine, and we value the extensive European contributions to Ukraine's development, just as the Europeans appreciate the crucial role of the United States . It is not for us to give the thumbs up or down on EU membership. We are not an EU member. We understand that among the EU member states and the key EU institutions, there are some differences in approach regarding Ukraine.

However, there is little disagreement concerning the necessity of promoting reforms that encourage the continued development of democracy and the rule of law, an improved investment climate and more clarity in Ukraine's institutional structures with proper checks and balances.

Additionally, the U.S. and EU can do more to support broader European energy security through dialogue with Ukraine and through efforts to help Ukraine develop a more transparent energy policy and become more energy efficient and a more reliable participant in energy markets. We need to see action on transparency, diversification, and the elimination of middlemen as a path to energy security. Ukraine needs to address the issue of energy security before its independence and sovereignty are threatened. Reforms in the energy sector will make Ukraine a more attractive partner for the EU, the U.S. and other friends of Ukraine. We encourage the EU to recognize Ukraine's European choice and demonstrate that the door remains open to countries that meet EU accession standards.

Ukrainian leaders, including the leadership of the top three parties participating in the September 30 election, have been clear - Ukraine has made its European choice and will pursue policies that promote reform and more deeply integrate Ukraine into the international community. This long-term direction is not just good for Ukraine, it is good for the U.S. and the international community and will serve as an excellent example for Ukraine's neighbors. We firmly believe that a prosperous, democratic, and sovereign Ukraine , integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions, is in Russia's interest as well. We continue to stress that good relations with Europe and the west need not come at the expense of good relations with Ukraine's largest neighbor.

The U.S. has been, is, and will remain committed to supporting Ukraine in its development from a post-Soviet state to a prosperous, democratic, and sovereign state oriented to Europe and integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions. We are proud that Europe is our partner in supporting democracy and reform in Ukraine. As we work together, it is important to keep in mind that the issue is not whether Ukraine could be considered for EU membership now. What is important is that U.S. and the EU are ready to work together for the benefit of Ukraine. Thank you very much.

 

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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