Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood - Roundtable V
Library of Congress, September 13-14, 2004
The Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable
Series began when a number of Ukrainian and American organizations
convened in April of 2000, to consider ways to encourage a more
engaged level of dialogue between the U.S. and Ukraine.
These deliberations gave rise to a commitment: to convene an annual
conference that would bring together prominent representatives
from academia, the private sector and the governments of Ukraine,
the United States and Europe, to monitor Ukraine's progress towards
fuller integration into the Euro-Atlantic community and stronger
bilateral relations with the United States.
Three such events have been held:
- Roundtable I: Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation
- Roundtable II: Taking Measure of a U.S. - Ukraine Strategic
- Roundtable III: Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic Community
- Roundtable IV: Ukraine's Transition to a Developed Market
The conferences have resulted in improved cooperation between
the governments of Ukraine and the United States on matters of
mutual benefit. Further, the forums have proven to be a valuable
venue for business-to-business contacts resulting in increased
trade and investments between Ukraine and the country's largest
foreign investor, the United States. Finally, the series has provided
an annual forum for think tanks and policy advisors from both countries
to discuss 'topics of the moment' that may be of bilateral interest.
Continuing the tradition, Roundtable V: Ukraine's
Transition to a Stable Democracy, will take place
on September 13 and 14, 2004 in Washington, D.C. This year's
conference will focus on evaluating Ukraine's movement, from
both a domestic and an international perspective, toward implementing
the political reforms necessary to achieve
the country's ultimate stated goal: membership in NATO and
the EU. The event will be held at a crucial time for Ukraine:
one month before the presidential elections and the next big
test for the country's democratic institutions.
A veritable Who's Who from the European and American
governmental, NGO and private sectors, including Volodymyr
Lytvyn, Speaker of the UA Verkhovna Rada, Condoleezza
Rice, US National Security Advisor, James Sherr, Senior
Fellow, Conflict Studies Research Center, Defense Academy of the
United Kingdom/Sandhurst, Janusz Onyszkiewicz,
Former Defense Minister of Poland, John McCain,
US Senator from Arizona/Chair of IRI and Richard Holbrooke,
Former US Ambassador to the UN, have been invited to provide their
assessment of the "State of Democracy" in Ukraine.
The gathering will feature twelve panels, run during the course
of four regular sessions, four focus sessions, two working lunches
and two Conference receptions.