The Ukrainian Studies Program will host a talk by Roman Kupchinsky, titled:
"Energy and Nation Building in Ukraine"
The lecture will begin with a short background of energy resources in Ukraine during the Soviet era, and how it changed in the mid-1970s and came to be what it is today. Mr. Kupchinsky will discuss how Ukraine evolved from an energy producing country to a transit country, which also remained one of the most inefficient consumers of energy in the world, and how this has taken its toll on the political stability of the country.
From 1977 to 1987, Mr. Kupchinsky was president of Prolog Research and Publishing company in New York, which published the monthly journal Suchnasnist, as well as over 150 books on Ukrainian history, culture, samizdat and political thought. From 1990 until 2002, he was the director of the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty. Since 2002, he has been a senior anaylyst for RFE/RL specializing in energy problems in Ukraine and Russia. He has published articles in Jane's Intelligence Review, The National Interest, Transparency International.