3rd Europe – USA Forum (2011)
Washington, D.C 8-9 December 2011




Open Ukraine in the Transatlantic Space. 
Recommendation for action


Europe-USA Forum is organized jointly by Eastern Institute and Centre for Transatlantic Relations already for the third time. This year’s conference, which is scheduled to take place on 8-9 December in Washington D.C., has the purpose of presenting and implementing the project ‘Open Ukraine’. The project, which has been conceived in cooperation of both institutions, aims at defining political and economic conditions for building the open Ukrainian state. The project intends to broaden the way of thinking of Ukrainian elites from the entire political spectrum, so that they become oriented to long-term perspective.

Senator John McCain during the 2nd Europe-USA Forum

Such goal can be reached in three possible ways:  first of all, experts will analyze the existing obstacles, which stand on the way of political transformation of Ukraine and contribute to short-term thinking of Ukrainian elites. Secondly, participants will propose a new approach to Ukrainian politics, which will correspond to the Ukrainian reformatory logic. Thirdly, participants in the Forum ‘Open Ukraine’ will have the opportunity to involve Ukrainian elites and leaders of public opinion in dialogue. It is expected to help them in transition from ‘short-sighted thinking’ to the development stage, which has a long-term vision for the future.

The project ‘Open Ukraine’ will prepare grounds for analyzing individual Ukrainian policies. Recommendations and advice for the future will be worked out within the scope of the project, so that Ukraine can follow the paved path. The project Open Ukraine focuses on 8 areas: rule of law, administrative-territorial reform, social reform, preparing climate for foreign investment, challenges for the power industry, corruption, foreign policy and civil-military relations.

Marko Mihkelson, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the European Affairs Committee, Estonia; Ross Wilson, Director of Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Mikhail Krutikhin, Partner & Analyst, Rus Energy, Russia

The project consists of the following components: a report compiled by a group of experts, work of so called Eminent Persons Group, a debate during the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj and the conference Europe-USA in Washington D.C..

The following experts are among the authors of the report:

  •     Leading author: Taras Kuzio,  SAIS Centre for Transatlantic Relations, John Hopkins University, USA
  •     Serhiy Kudelia, National University Kiev-Mohylan Academy, Ukraine
  •     Bohdan Vitvitsky, Department of Justice, USA
  •     Stephen Larrabee, RAND Corporation, USA
  •     Frank Umbach, Centre of European Security Studies, Germany
  •     Peter Balazs, EU Enlargement Studies Centre, Central European University, Hungary
  •     Marcin Swiecicki, Member of the Polish Parliament

Work on preparing the report will be supported by the Review Group, which will prepare recommendations to the report. The work will be presented by the members of the Group in the European Parliament and during the Europe-Ukraine Forum in Kiev.

Eminent Persons Group consists of known public life figures dealing with Ukrainian topics:

Honorary Chairman of the Group:

  •     Jerzy Buzek,  President of the European Parliament, Poland

Members of the Group:

  •     Daniel Hamilton, Director, Centre for Transatlantic Relations SAIS, John Hopkins University, USA
  •     Urban Ahlin, Vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament, Sweden
  •     Paula J. Dobriansky, Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs (2001-2005), Expert,  Harvard University, USA
  •     Leonid Kozara, Vice-chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee, Supreme Council, Ukraine
  •     Aleksander Kwasniewski, President (1995-2005), Poland
  •     Denis MacShane, Member of Parliament, former Minister for Europe, House of Commons, United Kingdom
  •     Morgan Williams, US-Ukraine Business Council, USA
  •     William Taylor, US Ambassador to Ukraine (2006-2009), Vice-president, Centre for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations, United States Institute of Peace, USA
  •     Hryhorij Nemyria, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European Integration (2007-2010), Ukraine
  •     Boris Tarasiuk, Chairman of European Integration Committee, Supreme Council, Ukraine
  •     Günter Verheugen, Honorary Professor, European University Viadrina, Germany

Kurt Volker, Centre for Transatlantic Relations SAIS; Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996 – 2000); Tony Blinken, National Security Adviser, USA; Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Senate of the Republic of Poland; Oleksandr Chalyi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ukraine

Members of the Review Group had a chance to discuss their points of view during a joint session held during the 21st Economic Forum in Krynica, which allowed them to verify these guidelines. As a result, a complete analysis is being prepared with recommendations. It will be presented during the conference Europe-USA, and next in Kiev during the Europe-Ukraine Forum and in the European Parliament in Brussels.


8 December 

Opening Session: Presentation of Report and recommendations of the Review Group 

Welcoming dinner: Ukraine in the Transatlantic space: common challenges, common solutions

9 December 

Coffee and registration of participants 

9.30  Session 1:
20 years of independence: successes and failures 

10.45  Coffee break 

11.00  Session 2:
Presentation of Report ‘Open Ukraine in the Transatlantic space. Forging joint actions.’
12.00  Session 3:
Ukrainian political reforms: reality and perspectives

13.00  Lunch

14.00  Session 4:
Economic reforms in Ukraine: how much has been achieved, and how much still remains to catch up?

15.00  Session 5:
Ukraine and the future of the European energy sector 

16.30  Summary 

17.00  Closing session:
More than neighbours: Ukraine and the EU

18.00  Reception for the guests of the Forum


SAIS Centre for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. has been referred by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the most influential think tanks in the world. It has also been recognized by the European Commission as the European Union Centre of Excellence.