U.S.-Ukraine Security Dialogue on the Hill

U.S.-Ukraine Security Dialogue

U.S.-Ukraine Security Dialogue on the Hill

To: Assignment Desk and Daybook Editor

The American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR) and the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) will sponsor the inaugural event of the U.S.-Ukraine Security Dialogue Series on June 23, 2005 on the Hill at 1539 Longworth House Office Building.

The U.S.-Ukraine Security Dialogue Series provides a venue for senior-level representatives from each nation’s respective ministries to exchange views on a wide range of security and defense related issues. The event will review U.S.-Ukraine joint operations from the Balkans to Iraq as well as other areas of bilateral security interests. A security dialogue between the United States and Ukraine is of particular significance following the success of Ukraine’s Orange revolution.

Representative Curt Weldon is scheduled to open the proceedings with an overview of U.S.-Ukraine security cooperation.

The morning session will feature presentations by Dr. Paul Carter from the State Department, U.S. Maj. Gen. Nicholas Krawciw (Ret.) and Maj. Gen. Oleh Sivushchenko from Ukraine.

The afternoon session opens with an overview of security cooperation between the U.S., Ukraine and Poland by Maciej Pisarski, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to the United States.

The conference forges a link between energy issues and the security dialogue with a discussion about the Odesa-Brody-Gdansk pipeline by Ilan Berman, vice-president for policy at the AFPC.

The event will conclude with a discussion about the relationship between the United States, Ukraine and NATO by Dr. F. Stephen Larrabee, the European Security Chair.

Closing remarks will be offered by Col. Leonid Kadenyuk, who orbited the Earth as the primary payload specialist aboard Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997. Currently, he is a member of the National Security and Defense Committee of the Ukrainian parliament.