"Ukraine and Its Western Neighbors"

By
James Clem and Nancy Popson

The conference program was designed to encourage discussion about Ukraine and its neighbors outside of the standard categories for considering this important region. First, the presentations framed Ukraine almost exclusively in terms of its neighbors to its west; and second, the speakers explored Ukraine's relations with its neighbors at a number of different levels and not just as a problem of state-to-state relations. The conference participants attempted to engage a wider audience to think about Ukraine first and foremost within the context of Europe by adding texture and substance to discussions of cross-border relations. Second, the conference's discussion of Ukraine was predicated on the notion that Ukraine exists in numerous realities, only one of which is that of the state. This is an historical moment when many seem intent on drawing lines across the European landscape. Where will NATO begin and end, the EU, GUUAM, the CIS? Such organizations and arrangements carve lines into the European landscape, some more benign than others. In conceptualizing this meeting, the organizers asked the participants to think about Ukraine in a new way, to consider not only state relations with its neighbors; but also border trade and scholarly exchange. This is, in fact, the reality on the ground, one which we all need to meld into consideration of this important region.

CONTENTS

Panel 1: FORGING TIES WITH UKRAINE: EXPERIENCE OF DIPLOMACY

POLAND AND UKRAINE: STATE TO STATE RELATIONS (PDF 33KB)
Stephen Burant, Editor, Secretary's Morning Intelligence Summary, Bureau of Education and Research, U.S. Department of State

RELATIONS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND SLOVAKIA: RECENT HISTORY AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES (PDF: 29KB)
Vasil Hudak, Senior Vice President, EastWest Institute Prague Center

BETWEEN TRANSDNIESTRIA AND SERPENT ISLAND: THE EVOLUTION OF ROMANIAN POLICY TOWARD UKRAINE (PDF 43KB)
William Crowther, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Panel II: UKRAINE AND CENTRAL EUROPE: THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND UKRAINE (PDF 43KB)
Fraser Cameron, Head of Political Section, Delegation of the European Commission, Washington, D.C.

UKRAINE AND THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE: THREE YEARS OF COOPERATION (PDF 14KB)
Sergiy Korsunsky, National Coordinator of Ukraine for the Central European Initiative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

NATO's STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT WITH UKRAINE AND CENTRAL EUROPE IN THE AFTERMATH OF KOSOVO (PDF 71KB)
Jennifer Moroney, NATO Fellow and Ph.D. recipient, University of Kent at Canterbury

THE POLAND-AMERICA-UKRAINE COOPERATION INITIATIVE: USAID's ROLE IN PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER TIES (PDF 12KB)
Sheryl Grossman, Officer in Charge of Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus Desk, USAID

Keynote Speech:

UKRAINE AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES (PDF 17KB)
Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States

Panel III: CROSSING BORDERS: REGIONAL INITIATIVES

THE EXPERIENCE OF INTERREGIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN UKRANIAN AND HUNGARIAN TERRITORIES: BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL INITIATIVES (PDF 34KB)
Miroslava Lendel, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Uzhgorod State University

THE INSTITUTION OF EURO-REGIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF INTEGRATION PROCESSES OF UKRAINE, MOLDOVA, AND ROMANIA (PDF 48KB)
Sergiy Gakman, Head of Department for Nationalities, Migration, Religion, and International Relations, Regional Administration, Chernivtsi Oblast'

REGIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN L'VIV AND THE COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL EUROPE (PDF 24KB)
Taras Voznyak, Director, Department of International Relations, L'viv City Council

CARPATHIAN EUROREGION: "LOCOMOTIVE" OR "PLATFORM" OF TRANSFRONTIER COOPERATION (PDF 25KB)
Michael Grodzinski, Head of Department of Geoecology, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University, and Visiting Fulbright Professor, Dartmouth College

Panel IV: CROSSING BORDERS: NGOs, THINK TANKS, AND EDUCATION/CULTURE

POLAND-AMERICA-UKRAINE COOPERATION INITIATIVE, KYIV, UKRAINE AND POLAND (PDF 17KB)
Andrii Deshchytsia, Senior Ukrainian Program Officer

UKRAINE AND SLOVAKIA: BEYOND OFFICIAL DIPLOMACY (PDF 35KB)
Sharon Wolchik, Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University

EAST-CENTRAL EUROPEAN SCHOOL IN THE HUMANITIES: NEW APPROACHES TO THE METHODOLOGY OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING (PDF 22KB)
Jerzy Axer, Professor of Classics and Head of the Center for Studies on the Classical Tradition in Poland and East-Central Europe, Warsaw University

Panel V: MINORITIES AND DIASPORA RELATIONS

DIASPORA POLITICS BETWEEN ROMANIA AND UKRAINE (PDF 33KB)
Charles King, Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service and Department of Government, Georgetown University

THE UKRANIAN MINORITY IN POLAND (PDF 30KB)
Timothy Snyder, Academy Scholar, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

HUNGARIANS IN TRANSCARPATHIAN UKRAINE (PDF 59KB)
Sherrill Stroschein, Ph.D. recipient, Columbia University

THE RUSYN QUESTION AND MINORITIES IN SLOVAK-UKRANIAN RELATIONS (PDF 79KB)
Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Center, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava

Luncheon Speaker:

CROSS-BORDER TRADE BETWEEN UKRAINE AND CENTRAL EUROPE (PDF 20KB)
Igor Burakovsky, Professor, Department of Economics, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Panel VI: WRAP-UP ROUNDTABLE

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Kristina N. Terzieva // Program Assistant
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant