US-UKRAINE “WORKING GROUP” INITIATIVE
The US-Ukraine “Working Group” Initiative was launched in 2007 to secure an array of experts in “areas of interest” for CUSUR and its various forums & proceedings; at the same time, it was hoped that the ‘experts’ might agree to write a series of ‘occasional papers’ to identify “major issues” impacting on US‐Ukrainian relations.
Recognizing the urgent need to set up proper channels for the maximum circulation of the information/analysis CUSUR possessed or had at its disposal, the Center long focused (starting as early as 2008) on having a publication presence of some form or another.
DC “OCCASIONAL BRIEFINGS” SERIES
CUSUR 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 office did the rest. If there was a concern, it was to find appropriate representation in Kyiv.
KYIV SEMINARS FOR SENIOR UA MOD/JNSDC/MVD OFFICIALS
The several visits of young, fresh minded, reform oriented UA military commanders and national security analysts to various top flight foreign policy think tanks and institutes of higher diplomatic or military learning in DC in the latter part of 2014 (prompted in good part by CUSUR invitations to its Occasional Briefings) inspired the UA National Security and Defense Council leadership to propose a slightly different arrangement for similar discussions/conversations in 2015.