By Maria Genkin, Razom volunteer
On Thursday, January 11, 2018, Razom organized a discussion about the new book ‘The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution’ written by Yale History Professor, Marci Shore.
3-го листопада Разом організували розмову-дискусії на тему “Роль закордонних українців у встановленні незалежної успішної України”. Приміщення ласкаво надали керівники наукового товариства імені Т. Шевченка у Нью-Йорку. На подію прийшло багато цікавих людей, адже в першій частині розмови брав участь сам Святослав Вакарчук. Модерувала розмову з Святославом член ради директорів Разом та член НТШ Оля Яричківська. Нижче подаємо найцікавіші цитати Святослава.
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C., February 16, 2017
On Thursday, February 23, 2017 the non-profit organization Razom is launching a new report, U.S. Policy on Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities at an event on Capitol Hill. Intended as a comprehensive survey for policymakers and their staff, the report offers both an analysis of current policy as well as concrete recommendations moving forward. Production team is comprised of young policy professionals and graduate students. Report is part of RazomThink initiative.
“In the end, our goal is to spark conversations about why Eastern Europe is strategically significant to the United States, and how American leadership can ensure the region’s stability,” said Mykola Murskyj, a graduate student in international affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Murskyj has spearheaded the coordination and production of this report, managing the RazomThink team as well as the subject matter experts who contributed to the report.
Razom feels strongly that any U.S. policy on Ukraine must be underpinned by a number of concrete principles: recognition that Eastern Europe’s security and stability are also U.S. strategic interests, dedication to upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and right to self-determination; and increasing Ukraine’s capacity to face its own domestic challenges.
“Ukraine and its partners must build a successful and prosperous state on the territory it currently controls,” said Murskyj. For the U.S., this means maintaining a shrewd sanctions stance and keeping the costs high for potential Russian escalation, while simultaneously helping Ukraine grow its economy and reform its political system.”
Name: Mykola Murskyj
On February 23, Razom Think is launching a report titled U.S. Policy on Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of current American policy toward Ukraine. Intended primarily for those working on Ukraine within the executive and legislative branches, the document offers analysis of the impediments to Ukraine’s stability and of the humanitarian crisis ensuing from the hybrid war with Russia, as well as concrete recommendations for maximizing policy effectiveness.
When a group of graduate students attending meetings on Capitol Hill were told that there is a need for more policy-oriented information on Ukraine, they sprung into action. Led by Razom volunteer Mykola Murskyj, a team of writers came together to create the report titled U.S. Policy on Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities. The team expects to release the 100+ page report by the end of February 2017.
“Our objective is to engage and inform policymakers about Ukraine so that they build policy that continues to help Ukraine become stronger and more prosperous,” explained Mykola Murskyj.
Razom hosted a discussion at Columbia University with Vakhtang Kipiani on November 19th at the university student center. Current undergraduate and graduate students joined activists and volunteers for a two-hour discussion about how history affects the future, especially in the time of war and decommunization. Lyuba Shipovich and Dora Chomiak moderated the conversation with Kipiani, who was visiting from Ukraine.
On a hill in Brattleboro, Vermont, a group of 70 master students speak a language more often heard in the cultural cafes of a progressive metropolis. The language borrows only the big words from the English dictionary that breathe of lofty goals and social revolution. Terms like cross-cultural, advocacy, social change, justice, exchange, political policy, peace and education are the cornerstones of communication at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.
In September 2014, Razom, in collaboration with the Agency of Image of Ukraine, established Project OKO — a public, politically independent project — in order to monitor mentions of Ukraine in the international media. In light of the ongoing war in Ukraine and amid manipulative news campaigns and propaganda disseminated by other actors, the project serves as an important “big picture” reflector of Ukraine’s image in today’s media. continue reading →
Razom co-sponsored a discussion at Civic Hall on March 17th that brought together a delegation of activist from Ukraine to discuss the situation in Crimea with people from around the New York City area interested in Crimea and human rights. The event was titled: The Catastrophic Collapse of Independent Media in Crimea: The Last Two Years and the Road Ahead.
On December 11, 2015 VOLYA Institute for Contemporary Law and Society (Ivanna Bilych, Svitlana Krasynska, Bohdan Pechenyak) and Razom for Ukraine with the moderator Orest Deychakiwsky from the U.S. Helsinki Commission together with guest speakers from Ukraine Andrii Klymenko, Богдан Яременко, and Юрій Яценко, held a briefing in the U.S. Congress on human rights violations in Russian occupied Crimea.