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.
Strong Affections for Ukraine from Indiana at Roundtable VI

Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VI
"Ukraine's Transition to an Established National Identity"

Strong Affections for Ukraine from Indiana at Roundtable VI

(UNIS, Washington, DC, September 28, 2005) Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) received a resounding applause at the Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable VI when he declared unambiguously "I care deeply about Ukraine."

Earlier in the day, Senator Lugar announced that the Parliamentary Development Project for Ukraine (PDP) at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University received a $500,000 cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development.

Senator Lugar represented President Bush during the November 2004 presidential run-off election where he stressed free and fair election procedures would bolster international respect for the legitimacy of the winning candidate and for Ukraine.

"I watched the first round of elections with great interest," said Senator Lugar. "I got a call from the White House that President Bush wanted to express the American position and he would write a letter and I would deliver to President Kuchma."

"The letter essentially said that in the event that the elections did not turn out well, there would be consequences that went unnamed," said Lugar.

After the meeting, Senator Lugar recounted how he bumped into a large delegation from Russia that was also waiting to meet with President Kuchma. Lugar recalled that he recognizing some of the delegates from arms reduction work completed as part of the Nunn-Lugar initiative to eliminate weapons of mass destruction. "I asked my Russian friends whether they would meet with candidate Yushchenko and they said 'That's not on our schedule'," Lugar recalled.

Senator Lugar recently returned from a trip overseas with junior Senator Barrack Obama (D-IL) where they observed a new emerging problem with conventional weapons. "The major arms control arrangement this time is in stores of conventional weapons. Some are exotic, like the Man-Pad, shoulder launch missiles, which are highly valued by transnational terrorists," said Lugar. "We want to work with people to destroy these weapons although they are beyond our weapons of mass destruction mandate." The Nunn-Lugar program has employed 58,000 scientists that were previously involved in weapons of mass destruction programs in the former Soviet Union.

"Despite all that I've seen in Ukraine, the thing that struck me the most about my last trip is the problem of energy independence," said Lugar. While in Kyiv over the summer, Senator Lugar met with then Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko about alternative sources of oil and gas. There is a real concern among Ukraine's leadership that Russia will use their monopoly to exert changes in Ukraine's foreign policy goals.

Senator Lugar noted that although this situation is grim, it is not insoluble. "Together we have some serious thinking to do regarding how we can change the situation in Ukraine," said Lugar. The Center for US-Ukrainian Relations is organizing a conference this fall to begin a US-Ukrainian energy dialogue, something Senator Lugar intimated to be a necessary first step as establishing energy independence.

Lugar also is committed to establishing normal trade relations between the U.S. and Ukraine through the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik sanctions.

"I applaud this conference and the organizers for providing a forum to exchange thoughts between America and Ukraine," concluded Lugar.


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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