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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.