Program: ‘Za Samostinist’-Ukraine’s Century of Struggle for Independence

Ukraine's Century of Struggle to Secure Independence


A UA Historical Encounters Series Event:

Taking Measure of Milestones in Modern

Ukrainian Military History




Venue: SHCFR Conference Room/1st Floor

MI-ASU/1777 F Street NW Washington DC

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Registration

12:30 PM – 01:00 PM Focus Session One: Why Measure Must Be Taken

Speaker: Valeriy Chaly [Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States]

01:00 PM – 3:00 PM Panel Session One: Antecedents to the Struggle (1900-1917)

Moderator: Lubomyr Hajda [Senior Advisor to the Director/Harvard Ukrainian Researcher Institute]


Anna Procyk [Professor of History/KBCC/City University of New York] 

Pavel Podobyed [Deputy Director/Institute for National Military Historical Monuments]                      

Hüseyin Oylupinar [Lecturer/International Relations/Izmir University of Economics]

Suggested Topics:

Ukrainian Sich Rifleman [Austro-Hungarian Empire] 

Ukrainian Military Club [Russian Empire]

Union for the Liberation of Ukraine [Ottoman Vector]

03:00 PM – 05:00 PM Panel Session Two: A First Effort (1917-1923)


Lada Kolomiyets [Fulbright Visiting Scholar/Penn State University | Taras Shevchenko University]


Mark Von Hagen [Professor of History and Interim Director/Melikian Center/Arizona State University] 

Mykhailo Koval’chuk [[Senior Researcher/National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine]                            

Hakan Kirimli [Professor of History & CRS Director/Bilkent University]

Suggested Topics:

Ukrainska Narodna Respublikanska Armiya (UNRA)

Ukrainska Halychska Armiya (UHA)

Military Formations in Southern Ukraine/Crimean Tatar Aspirations

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Focus Session Two: Preparations for a Second Effort (1921-1939) (Abroad

Speaker: Yaroslav Faizulyn [Research Fellow/National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine]


Venue: Rockefeller-Petersen Conference Room/2nd Floor

MI-ASU/1777 F Street NW Washington DC

09:30 AM – 10:00 AM     Focus Session Two: Preparations for a Second Effort (1921-1939) (In Country)


Serhii Kvit [Stanford University Senior Fellow & Minister of Education of Ukraine 2014-2016]

10:30 AM – 1:30 AM Panel Session Three: A Second Effort (1939-1950)


Jars Balan [Interim Director/Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies/University of Alberta]


Oleksandr Pahirya [Senior Researcher/’Prison on Lonsky Street’ National Memorial Museum]

Volodymyr Vyatrovych [Director/Ukrainian Institute of National Memory]

Vladyslav Hrynevych [Senior Researcher/National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine]

Suggested Topics:

Karpatska Sich

Ukrainska Povstann'ska Armiya (UPA) 

Ukrainian Liberators of Auschwitz & Berlin

11:30 AM – 12:00 AM Focus Session Three: In Preparation for a Third Effort (1986-1991) 

Speaker: Kostyantyn Morozov [Minister of Defense of Ukraine 1991-1993]

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch

12:30 PM – 02:30 PM Panel Session: The Third Effort (1991-2017) 


Orest Deychakiwsky [Senior Policy Advisor (ret.)/CSCE & BOD Member/US-Ukraine Foundation]


Mariana Budjeryn [Research Fellow/ Belfer Center/JFK School/Harvard University]

Leonid Polyakov [Chairman/Board of Experts/Centre for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies] 

Phillip Karber [President/Potomac Foundation]

Suggested Topics:

First Years of the Modern Ukrainian Armed Forces/Budapest Memorandum 

Peacekeeping Duties in West Africa, the Balkans (IFOR-KFOR) & Iraq

The Russo-Ukrainian Conflict


02:30 PM – 04:30 PM Final Panel Session: What the Future May Hold 


Anders Corr [Principal & Chief Editor/Journal of Political Risk]


Gen. Ihor Kolesnyk [Deputy Head/General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces] 

Gen. John Abizaid [Special US Military Advisor to President Poroshenko]

Amb. John Herbst [Director/Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center/Atlantic Council]

Suggested Topics:

A Successful Conclusion to the Current Anti-Terror Operation (ATO)

The Ability to Fully Contain Future Threats to Ukraine’s Sovereignty

Leadership in the Black Sea Security Zone/Membership in the Euro-Atlantic Community

4:30 PM – 05:00 PM Final Focus Session: An Exercise Worth Remembering

Speaker: Arsen Avakov [Minister of the Internal Affairs of Ukraine][INVITED]

4:30 PM – 05:00 PM     Speakers’ Reception

Venue:  CUSUR/AFPC 509 C Street NE Washington DC

Host: Andrew Futey [President/Ukrainian Congress Committee of America]