Program: Modern Ukrainian State at 25

Ukraine’s Historical Encounters Series

Special Event:
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary
of the Modern Ukrainian State

September 17, 2016
New York, NY

Forum Venue: Princeton Club of NY/James Madison Room

8:30 am – 9:00 am – Registration

9:00 am – 9:40 am – Focus Session I: A First Word About Modern Ukraine”s 25th Birthday


  • Roma Lisovych [Ukrainian National Association]

Featured Remarks:

  • Volodymyr Yelchenko [UA Permanent Representative to the UN]
  • Eliot Engel [US Representative (D-NY)]

9:40 am – 11:05 am – Panel Discussion I: Taking Measure of Ukraine”s Distant Past


  • Lubomyr Hajda [Harvard University]


  • Frank Sysyn [University of Alberta/CIUS]
  • Mark Von Hagen [Arizona State University]
  • Yuri Shapoval [National Academy of Sciences Of Ukraine]

Suggested Topics:

  • Kyivan State & Hetmanate Ukraine
  • Ukrainian National Republic 1917-1921
  • National Liberation Struggles 1921-1991

11:05 am – 11:10 am – Coffee Break

11:10 am – 12:35 pm – Panel Discussion II: Assessing Ukraine”s Recent Past


  • Adrian Karmazyn [VOA UA Desk Director Emeritus]


  • Alexander Motyl [Rutgers University]
  • James Sherr [Royal Institute of International Affairs]
  • Oleksandr Sushko [Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation]

Suggested Topics:

  • The Granite Rebellion
  • The Orange Revolution
  • Euro-Maidan

12:35 pm – 12:55 pm – Lunch [Served as a buffet in the Alexander Hamilton Room]

12:55 pm – 1:25 pm – Focus Session II: Reflecting on Ukraine”s Current “War in the East”


  • Anders Corr [Journal of Political Risk]

Featured Speaker:

  • Phillip Karber [Potomac Foundation]

1:25 pm – 2:50 pm – Panel Discussion III: Divining Ukraine”s Near Future


  • William Courtney [RAND Corporation]


  • David Kramer [McCain Institute]
  • Ariel Cohen [Atlantic Council]
  • Volodymyr Vyatrovych [Institute of National Memory of Ukraine]

Suggested Topics:

  • Chances for Building a Developed Democratic Polity
  • Chances for Erecting a Mature Market Economy
  • Chances for Achieving an Established National Identity

2:50 pm – 2:55 pm – Coffee Break

2:55 pm – 4:20 pm – Panel Discussion IV: Contemplating Ukraine”s Further Future


  • Paul Goble [WOE/Jamestown Foundation]


  • Janusz Bugajski [Center for European Policy Analysis]
  • Herman Pirchner [American Foreign Policy Council]
  • Yuri Sergeyev [Yale University/Macmillan Center]

Suggested Topics:

  • Chances of Playing on the European Stage
  • Chances of Performing on the Euro-Atlantic Stage
  • Chances of Becoming a “Player of Global Note”

4:20 pm – 5:00 pm – A Final Word About Modern Ukraine”s 25th Birthday


  • Marianna Zajac [Ukrainian National Women”s League of America]

Featured Speaker:

  • Refat Chubarov [Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis]
  • Paul Roderick Gregory [Stanford University/Hoover Institute]

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Intercession

Venue: Princeton Club of NY — Alexander Hamilton Room

5:40 pm – A Talk by Three-Time Oscar Winning Director Mark Harris & Producer Peter Borisow About Their Documentary: “Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine”

6:30 pm – The Ukrainian Choir ‘Dymka’ Performs a Medley of Ukraine”s Folkloric Classics

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Speakers and Patrons Banquet

Venue: Princeton Club of NY — James Madison Room


  • Tamara Gallo-Olexy [Ukrainian Congress Committee of America]

Featured Speakers:

  • US Secretary of Homeland Security (2003-2005) Tom Ridge [CONFIRMED]
  • UA Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2000, 2005-2007) Borys Tarasyuk [CONFIRMED]
  • US Secretary of State (1997-2001) Madeline Albright [CONFIRMED]