Friends of Ukraine
The Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) is a non-partisan, informal coalition of former ambassadors, leading foreign policy and international security professionals, and other experts who have dealt with key aspects of Ukraine’s relations with the U.S. and the international community.
FOUN has four task force areas of focus: National Security, Economy and Energy, Humanitarian, and Democracy, Civil Society, Media and Educational Development.
FOUN’s 2017 Priority Recommendations for U.S. Assistance was produced as a practical and actionable set of policy recommendations to: stand with the People of Ukraine, support civil society’s fight against corruption, allow the People of Ukraine to defend themselves, and help victims of Putin’s war.
A component of the Friends of Ukraine Network is the Retired Members Ukraine Caucus, composed of former Members of the U.S. Congress.
FOUN evolved out of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s 2006 – 2012 State Department funded U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue programs.
Friends of Ukraine News
It is often assumed that unpopular political decisions regarding reforms cannot take place in an election year. Fearful of losing the support of voters as elections approach, few politicians are willing to push for disruptive changes even if they can bring...Read More
On February 11th, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) Board Chairman Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, along with Robert McConnell, Coordinator of External Relations for the Foundation, and Board member David Rigsby, who also serves as chairman of USUF's Friends of Ukraine...Read More
Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, Chairman of the Board of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, and Robert A. McConnell, the Foundation’s External Relations Advisor, met with Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX) on January 23rd to discuss the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. They...Read More
The Transatlantic Task Force on Elections and Civil Society in Ukraine held its third international videoconference during which experts in Washington, Kyiv and Brussels used such terms as “unpredictable” and “wide open” to characterize the upcoming March 31st...Read More
The Economic and Energy Task Force is part of the Friends of Ukraine Network established by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) as an outgrowth of the Foundation's policy dialogue series. Its purpose is to examine and help facilitate greater business and investment...Read More
In an effort to examine the cybersecurity challenges that Ukraine faces as it prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections next year, the Transatlantic Task Force on Elections and Civil Society in Ukraine held a videoconference roundtable on November 30th...Read More
In the aftermath of Russia’s attack on and seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews in the Kerch strait area the National Security Task Force of the Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) met on November 29th to discuss and formulate recommendations for...Read More
With Ukraine’s 2019 Presidential and Parliamentary elections now on the horizon Ukrainian, American and European experts gathered for the inaugural event of a year-long project aimed at supporting a fair and democratic election process in Ukraine. The...Read More
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) Democracy and Civil Society Task Force held a Strategy Session on Ukraine’s 2019 Elections featuring Mary O’Hagan, Ukraine Resident Senior Director at the National...Read More
Introduction – Independence 1918 and 1991 It has sometimes been difficult for Ukraine to find international support but a strong argument can be made that Ukraine has had few better friends over the course of the last century than the United States Congress. This...Read More