The traditions and tasks of the Ukrainian American Studies: «Ukraine and the USA: the experience and prospects of cooperation». The second international scientific conference

Oleg Mashevskyi

Dr. habil. (History), Professor, Head of New and Modern History Department, Faculty of History, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv



The cooperation of the Ukrainian state with the most influential international actors, as well as the maintenance of good stable partner relations therewith guarantees the successful integration of Ukraine to the global community in this day and age. Therefore developing relations between Ukraine and the USA as with the single superpower is a crucial component of the integration process. Holding conferences, seminars and the expert meetings is extremely essential in investigating and studying the American history, economy and social life. In this respect, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv remains the standard-bearer.

The article analyses the work of the Second International Scientific Conference “Ukraine and the USA: the experience and Prospects of Cooperation” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the United States which took place on November, 23 2017 and was backed by the Modern and Contemporary History Department (History Department, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv).

The general session was opened by Oleg Mashevskiy, the convenor, PhD (history), professor, head of the Modern and Contemporary History Department. He as well presented the third volume of the specialized scientific “The American History and Politics”. The openings remarks were made by the dean of the History Department (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), PhD (history), Ivan Patryliak. The latter outlined the scientific importance of the event and of the subject thereof. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Maksym Kravchuk, the co-organizer of the conference, head of the Kyiv Office of Kennan Institute Kateryna Smagliy and the Chairman of the Board of the National Sikorski Center Charity Fund Viktor Yagun delivered challenging and thoughtful speeches.

In his speech, Makar Taran, the Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian American Studies Association Public Organization (the originator and one of the organizers of the event), underlined the rising influence of the NGOs within the framework of the Ukrainian-American relations.

The scientific discussions then moved on within the conference sections. The latter were respectively divided into those on the Ukrainian-American relations, the foreign policy of the USA, the contemporary American society, the Ukrainian expat community in the USA etc.

Over 190 key American studies specialists (scholars, experts, diplomats, servicemen, public persons and statesmen) partook in the conference.

Key words

The USA, Ukraine, the Ukrainian-American relations, foreign policy, international relations.

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