Today, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) released its new Priority Recommendations for U.S. Assistance to Ukraine as part of a discussion on U.S.-Ukraine relations held at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.  Representing FOUN at the event in Kyiv were Ambassador John Herbst (Atlantic Council), General Philip M. Breedlove (former Commander, Supreme Allied Command, Europe), Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges (former Commander, U.S. Army, Europe), Ambassador Sandy Vershbow (former Deputy Secretary General of NATO), Ambassador Roman Popadiuk (Board Chair, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation),  Anders Aslund (Atlantic Council), Edward Chow (Center for Strategic and International Studies) and Nadia K. McConnell (President, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation).

The Friends of Ukraine Network currently consists of three task forces — National Security, Economic Security, and Democracy and Civil Society – which met and deliberated throughout the year to develop the recommendations on U.S. assistance to Ukraine.

Also participating in the event were Ambassador Serhiy Korsunsky (Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine), Pat Cox (former President of the European Parliament, currently representing the Yalta European Strategy), and Ambassador William Taylor (Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Kyiv).  Former Ukrainian Foreign Ministers Borys Tarasyuk and Kostiantyn Gryshchenko, former Prime Minister Yevhen Marchuk and former Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oleksander Motsyk also attended. The discussion was moderated by Kateryna Smagliy (Head, International Cooperation Division, Diplomatic Academy).

The event, which was titled U.S.-Ukraine Relations 2020 Agenda, was a joint effort of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network, the Diplomatic Academy and the Yalta European Strategy, and was sponsored by NOOSPHERE.

The FOUN Priority Recommendations for U.S. Assistance to Ukraine 2020 publication (updated September 25, 2019) is available here:


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