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U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue - September 25-29, 2006

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Hosts Third Working Session of Policy Dialogue

Washington, DC – The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and its partners hosted the third working session of the U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue in Washington, DC from September 25 – September 29, 2006.  Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue is designed to supplement and deepen the official bilateral dialogue between Ukraine and the United States.

More than 60 policy makers from the United States and Ukraine met to discuss U.S.-Ukraine relations through the prism of foreign policy and national security; politics and governance; media and information; and business and economics. 
   
Program participants included deputies from Ukraine’s Parliament, representatives of the U.S. Department of State, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine, Ministry of the Economy of Ukraine, U.S. and Ukrainian think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and media and business representatives.

Ambassadors

(L-R) Ambassador Shamshur, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, with the U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue Foreign Policy and National Security Task Force.  Valeriy Chaly, Director of International Programs at the Razumkov Center for Economic and Political Studies; Ambassador Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; and Ambassador Yuriy Scherbak, former Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States

The Opening Plenary Session, which was webcast live, commenced with welcoming remarks by Nadia McConnell, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation President, and Damon Wilson, the Director for Central and Eastern Europe at the National Security Council.

Noting the importance of the project Mr. Wilson stated “I appreciate very much the role of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation supporting this Policy Dialogue.  It is a particularly opportune moment to have it here in Washington and to be talking about U.S.-Ukraine relations.  After prolonged uncertainty there is a government and we have a partner to work with in Ukraine.  It is the right moment for us in Washington to be thinking through the next steps in the relationship and therefore the work that you will be doing in this group over the coming days I think is very useful.”

“Over the years, Policy Dialogue has been constructive in feeding into the thinking here in Washington and hopefully in Ukraine as well among the policy makers.  I think this is particularly relevant right now during the stage we’re at,” stated Mr. Wilson.

U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue

Damon Wilson, Director for Central and Eastern Europe, European Affairs, the National Security Council, Executive Office of the President, addressing the Opening Plenary Session of the U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue.

Throughout the week, participants were divided according to their expertise into four Task Forces:  Politics and Governance; Foreign Policy and National Security; Economics and Business; and Media and Information.  Each of these Task Forces held numerous meetings with senior officials of the U.S. government, representatives of NGOs, congressional committees, and think tanks in Washington, DC, which provided further insight on U.S.-Ukraine related issues.

Co-chaired by high-level American and Ukrainian experts, the Task Forces are managed by U.S. and Ukrainian partner organizations such as The Atlantic Council of the United States, Razumkov Center for Economic & Political Studies, International Center for Policy Studies, Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, SigmaBleyzer, and Europe XXI Foundation.

The U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue concluded with a Closing Plenary Session on September 28 at which Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Oleh Shamshur gave closing remarks, and each Task Force presented its policy recommendations for the U.S. and Ukrainian governments. 

Afterwards, a reception to commemorate the U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue and to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation was held at the Embassy of Ukraine. 

Commenting on this special occasion, Nadia McConnell expressed that she hopes “the Foundation’s next fifteen years will be as enjoyable and productive as these first fifteen.  We know this will be so if we continue to receive the kind of support that we have received thus far.  In particular, we recognize our partner institutions and all of the task force members who have so generously donated their time and energy to make Policy Dialogue a success. ”   

 

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation has published videos of this year's Policy Dialogue.

Video webcast covers the following parts of the conference:


- Ukrainian Delegation's visit to the Shevchenko monument, Washington, DC
- Opening Plenary Session. Welcoming remarks by Nadia McConnell, President, USUF
- Opening remarks by Victor Nikitiuk, Charge d'affairs, Embassy of Ukraine
- Welcoming remarks by Damon Wilson, the Director for Central and Eastern Europe at the National Security Council.

- Reports of the Task Force Co-Chairs

- Politics and Governance Task Force
- Information and Media Task Force
- Foreign Policy and National Security Task Force
- Economics and Business Task Force


- Heritage Foundation: Panel on "Ukraine, Europe, and Energy Security."

- Closing Plenary Session
- Task Force Action Plans Presentations (Question & Answer Session):

- Foreign Policy & National Security Task Force
Co-Chairs: Ambassador Yuri Scherbak, former Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States and  Ambassador Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

- Politics & Governance Task Force
Co-Chairs: Vyacheslav Koval, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Our Ukraine  and Ambassador William Green Miller, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

- Economics & Business Task Force
Co-Chairs: Ihor Shevliakov, Policy Researcher Coordinator, International Center for Policy Studies and  Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation                       

- Information & Media Task Force
Co-Chairs: Halyna Usatenko, Director of Civil Society Programs, Europe XXI Foundation and Nick Daniloff, Professor of Journalism, Northeastern University

- USUF 15th Anniversary Reception at the Embassy of Ukraine

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