Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series Special Event: ‘Ukraine at 30’


September 18th 2021


Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series Special Event: ‘Ukraine at 30’was held on September 18th 2021 at the ever elegant Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. It was designed to run three highlight focus sessions and three panel discussions geared to taking a fresh, critical look at the myriad circumstances that led to the declaration of an independent Ukraine in 1991 and shaped Ukraine’s present course as an aspiring member of the Euro-Atlantic community, using the three great manifestations of popular will known as the ‘Maidans’ as well as Ukraine’s unwanted conflict with an obstreperous neighbor simply labeled ‘the War’ as focal points in the conversation.


  • Mariana Budjeryn
  • Orest Deychakiwsky
  • Gene Fishel
  • Myroslava Gongadze
  • John Herbst .
  • Glen Howard
  • Adrian Karatnycky
  • Sergiy Kyslytsya
  • Phillip Karber
  • Valery Kuchynsky
  • HE Oksana Markarova
  • Roman Mashovets
  • Alexander J. Motyl
  • Kathy Nalywajko
  • Andrew Nynka
  • Andriy Parubiy
  • Herman Pirchner
  • Serhii Plokhii
  • Roman Popadiuk
  • Anna Procyk
  • Borys Tarasyuk
  • Kurt Volker
  • Josef Zissels


  • American Foreign Policy Council
  • Center For US-Ukrainian Relations
  • Ukrainian Congress Committee of America U
  • Ukrainian Institute of America
  • Ukrainian National Association


  • Heritage Foundation
  • NOVA Federal Credit Union
  • Self Reliance NY Federal Credit Union
  • Jurkiw Family Foundation
  • TIU Canada
  • Ukrainian National Foundation



  • Christine Balko
  • Andrij Dobriansky
  • Andriy Futey
  • Mykola Hryckowian
  • Artur Hryhorowych
  • Roman Myhal
  • Kathy Nalywajko
  • Tamara Olexy
  • Yuri Symczyk
  • Walter Zaryckyj


Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series Special Event
“Ukraine at 30”: Prelude – Three Maidans and a War – A Look Forward
September 18 2021
New York NY

Forum Venue: Ukrainian Institute of America [Second Floor – Conference Hall]

8:30 am – 9:20 am — Registration

9:20 am – 10:00 am — Forum’s First Word – Ukraine at 30

Host: Ukrainian Institute of America President Kathy Nalywajko

Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Her Excellency Oksana Markarova

Office of the UA President Deputy Head on Nat. Security, Defense & Defense Industry Roman Mashovets [TBC]

10:00 am – 11:05 am — Highlight Session I: Prelude to the Last Thirty Years (1984-1990)

Chair: Herman Pirchner [President of the American Foreign Policy Council]


Josef Zissels [Ukrainian Helsinki Group Member 1978-1988; VAAD Co-President]

Orest Deychakiwsky [Policy Adviser/US Helsinki Commission 1981-2017]

11:05 am – 11:10 am — Coffee Break

11:10 am – 12:40 pm — Panel Discussion I — The 1st Maidan – The Revolution on Granite/ Independence


Discussion Leader: Mariana Budjeryn [Research Associate/Belfer Center/Harvard University]


Valery Kuchynsky [DCM/Embassy of UA to the US 1992-97; Permanent Rep. of UA to the UN 2000-2006]

Roman Popadiuk [Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine 1992-1993]

Serhii Plokhii [Director/Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute]

12:40 pm – 1:20 pm – Lunch Break [Second Floor – Visitors’ Room]

In the Conference Hall: Video Remarks by Prominent Past & Present UA & US Political Actors

An Energy Issue Reminder from TIU Canada President Michael Yurkovich

1:20 pm – 2:50 pm — Panel Discussion II — The 2nd Maidan – The Orange Revolution (2004-2005)

Discussion Leader: Myroslava Gongadze [Chief/Ukrainian Service/Voice of America]


Borys Tarasyuk [Foreign Minister of Ukraine 1998-2000, 2005-2007]

John Herbst [Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine 2003-2006]

Adrian Karatnycky [President/Orange Circle 2005-2010]

2:50 pm – 2:55 pm — Coffee Break

2:55 pm – 4:25 pm —Panel Discussion III — The 3rd Maidan and a War – Revolution of Dignity & ATO


Discussion Leader: Anna Procyk [Professor of History/KBCC-City University]


Andriy Parubiy [Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine 2015-2019]

Kurt Volker [US Ambassador to NATO 2008-2009; US Special Envoy to Ukraine 2017-2019]

Alexander Motyl [Professor of Political Science/Rutgers University]

Special Discussant: Glen Howard [President Potomac Foundation]

4:25 pm – 5:40 pm — Highlight Session II: Looking Forward to the Next Thirty Years

Chair: Andrew Nynka [Editor in Chief/The Ukrainian Weekly]

Featured Speakers:

Phillip Karber [President/Potomac Foundation]

His Excellence Sergiy Kyslytsya [Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations]

Special Discussant: Eugene Fishel [Division Chief/ U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Intelligence & Research]

5:40 pm – 6:30 pm Forum Reception [Venue: Third Floor – Visitors’ Room]

Master of Ceremonies: Andrij Dobriansky [Communications Director/Ukrainian Congress Comm. of America]

Vystup: Ukrainian Chorus “Dumka” of New York [Select Group]


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“Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series” Special Event “Ukraine at 30”:  Prelude – Three Maidans and a War – A Glimpse Forward
September 18 2021/New York NY

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The Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series Special Event entitled, ‘Ukraine at 30’,
September 18th 2021
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New York City

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