At a forum at the U.S. Capitol organized by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF), the Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) task forces on National Security, Economic Security, and Democracy and Civil Society presented their Priority Recommendations for U.S. Assistance to Ukraine 2019 and examined the challenges that Ukraine faces on its path to deeper integration with the Euro-Atlantic community of prosperous democracies.
Nadia K. McConnell (President of USUF) and Amb. Valeriy Chaly (Ukraine’s Ambassador to the USA) provided opening remarks at the March 20th forum which was attended, among others, by a women’s leadership delegation from Ukraine:
The keynote speakers at the forum — Ambassador Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine, and Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, former Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs — shared their perspectives on the current situation in Ukraine and Russia’s war on Ukrainian sovereignty. They were introduced by Amb. Roman Popadiuk (USUF Board Chair):
The Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN National Security Task Force is chaired by Ambassador John Herbst (Atlantic Council) and includes Stephen Blank (American Foreign Policy Council), Ian Brzezinski (Atlantic Council), Michael Carpenter (Penn Biden Center), Glen Howard (Jamestown Foundation) and Robert A. McConnell (McConnell and Associates). Panelists from this task force focused on various measures that could enhance Ukraine’s security and raise the costs on Russia for its aggression against Ukraine:
The next panel presented the recommendations and analysis of the FOUN Economic Security Task Force. The speakers were Amb. Roman Popadiuk, Anders Aslund (Atlantic Council), Dawn Calabia (Refugees International), Edward Chow (Georgetown University) and David Rigsby (WatchStander):
The recommendations of the FOUN Democracy and Civil Society Task Force were presented by Jonathan Katz (German Marshall Fund) and Orest Deychakiwsky (former senior policy advisor at the Helsinki Commission). Among the issues they focused on were reforms, the battle against corruption and the upcoming elections in Ukraine:
Those attending the forum also had the opportunity to hear about international humanitarian initiatives that are underway in Ukraine or that have relevance for Ukraine. Speaking on this topic were Audri Beugelsdijk (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), Oka Hrycak (Ukrainian National Women’s League of America) and Patricia Sheikh (Roots of Peace). The panel was chaired by Nadia K. McConnell:
The concluding presentation, titled Unleashing Women Entrepreneurs in Economic Development, was by Rusty Brooks of the International Center of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia:
The forum was part of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Leadership in a Rule of Law Country program for a Ukrainian women’s delegation of professionals, entrepreneurs representatives of non-profits. It was subtitled Supporting a Free Ukraine’s Democratic Development and co-sponsored by the co-chairs of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus: Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Andy Harris (R-MD) and Mike Quigley (D-IL). The event was held at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington.