CUSUR 2013 – Project IV

The DC Occasional Papers/Briefings Series
CUSUR spent much time looking into acquiring appropriate office space
in Kyiv. It 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 offices did the rest. Matters changed
when Zenovia and George Jurkiw decided to provide the Center with a
truly munificent “pozhertva” (offering); it allowed for CUSUR to
find larger office space in the NY area, finally acquire the needed
office space in Kyiv and open a fully functional bureau in DC (on the
premises of APFC).
With the acquisition of the stated space, CUSUR has been given access
to what has fondly come to be called AFPC”s own “Situation Room”. The
room is equipped with the latest in “global communications” equipment
and fitted to seat several dozen “discussants” comfortably. In
addition, it sports detailed maps of “world”s geopolitical pivot
The supplementary capabilities have led the CUSUR Board of Directors
to add one more item to the Center”s busy menu-the Occasional
Briefings/Papers Series. The new series will allow CUSUR (and, by
extension, the US-UA Working Group) to analyze rapidly changing
developments in the Ukrainian political landscape and provide timely
as well as appropriate responses.