Visegrad-Ukraine: A Multi-Regional Perspective

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Room 1501, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.

The Polish and Ukrainian Studies Programs at Columbia University, along with the Polish-American Ukrainian Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), UA Heritage Foundation at MB Financial/Chicago IL, Self Reliance (NY) Federal Credit Union, Ukrainian American Freedom Foundation, and the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations are sponsoring:

"VISEGRAD-UKRAINE: A MULTI-REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE"

March 2, 2006 – Columbia University

Conference Agenda

9:30-9:45: Opening Remarks

John S. Micgiel, Director, East Central European Center, Columbia Univ.

 

9:45-12:00: Morning Session

Visegrad-Ukraine Politics: The Diplomatic Dimension

Suggested Theme: Divining a Role for “Central Europe” in The Global Arena

Panelists: Petr Kolar, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the US; Oleh Shamsur, Ambassador of Ukraine to the US

Moderator: Andrzej Harasimowicz, Visiting Professor, Columbia University

 

Visegrad-Ukraine Relations: The Economic Dimension

Suggested Theme: Contemplating the Near Future of the EU's Eastern Frontier

Panelists: Geza Jeszensky, Former Foreign Minister of Hungary; Victor Kapustin, Chairman/UKREXIMBANK

Moderator: Frank Sysyn, Visiting Professor Columbia University

 

1:30-4:30: Afternoon Session

Visegrad-Ukraine Relations: The Security Dimension

Suggested Theme: Contemplating the Near Future of NATO's Eastern Frontier

Panelists: Adam Towpik, Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN;

James Sherr, Fellow/Conflict Studies RC/UK Defence Academy

Moderator: Stephen Sestanovich, Professor, Columbia University

 

Visegrad-Ukraine Relations: The Energy Dimension

Suggested Theme: Pondering Life Under the Common Shadow of Gazprom

Panelists: Elzbieta Dzirba, Vice Director, Gaz System PL;

Yevhen Kaminsky, Director/IWEIR/UA Nat. Academy of Sciences

Moderator: John S. Micgiel, Director, East Central European Center, Columbia

 

Visegrad-Ukraine Relations: Regional Issues

Suggested Theme: Divining Ways to Help Ailing Neighbors Become Part of "Europe...Whole and Free"

Panelists: Jan Pieklo, Director, PAUCI; Vladyslav Kaskiv, Head, PORA

Moderator: Robert Legvold, Professor, Columbia University

 

4:30-4:45: Closing Remarks

Mykola Riabchuk, Visiting Professor, Columbia University

*Please note that, on Wednesday, March 1, the NYU Torch Club Forum will also feature “From the Baltic to the Black to the Caspian/Building a “Community of Democratic Choice [CDC],” with speakers: Ambassador of Ukraine to the US, Oleh Shamshur; Georgian Deputy Chief of Mission to the US, David Soumbadze; and PAUCI Director, Jan Pieklo, at New York University Faculty Club (Eighteen Waverly Place) from 6:00-9:15pm. For more information, contact Walter Zaryckyj at waz1@nyu.edu.