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  • 02 Jan 2020 8:34 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    How a Commercial Bond Dispute in the UK Supreme Court Invokes International Law

    Alex Hryhorczuk
    European Journal of International Law

    While the heads of state for Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met in Paris on December 9 to discuss terms of peace, across the English Channel in London the UK Supreme Court heard arguments concerning Russia’s suit for repayment on a US$3 billion loan to the government of Ukraine. The deal was made in December 2013 shortly after then President Viktor Yanukovich pulled out of an association agreement with the EU, and months before Russia annexed Crimea and invaded Eastern Ukraine. When the principal and final interest installment came due in December 2015, Ukraine refused to make payment.

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  • 19 Dec 2019 1:05 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Fiona Hill and America’s Refusal to Believe

    DefenceReport.com
    December 19, 2019
    By Victor Rud

    In the 1980s, Fred Coleman, Moscow correspondent for (among others) Newsweek, walked into the Soviet embassy in Washington to ask about Ambassador Dobrynin’s upcoming meeting with the new American president. Dobrynin had already served through several Presidencies. Dobrynin’s secretary’s reply: “The Ambassador is looking forward to working with the new president the way a kindergarten teacher looks forward to the first day of school.”

    Forget the arrogance. The episode speaks to a glaring pattern in the history of US/Soviet/Russia relations — our refusal to believe, to remember, and to extrapolate lessons from our now 100-year experience with Moscow. Virtually every incoming Administration learned to walk anew, convinced it can do better and hard-wired to seek Moscow’s acceptance and approbation. By the time reality overtook euphoria, our political revolving door had immunized us against our own experience.

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  • 24 Nov 2019 9:40 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Impeachment, America’s Orwellian Legacy in Ukraine,
    and Why It Matters

    by Victor Rud,

    "It is especially important to introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements–extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics. . . . Russia should also work toward isolating Britain from Europe, introducing discord both within the EU and between the US and the EU, and destabilizing Turkey. Russia must annex Ukraine because its independence is an enormous danger. Aleksandr Dugin, with General Nikolai Klokotov (Russian General Staff Academy), The Foundations of Geopolitics, 1997.

    “Whether Russian led integration on the territory of the former USSR will pose a serious, long-term military challenge to the West, depends in large part on the role that Ukraine plays or is compelled to play. . . . Ukraine will do much to determine whether Europe and the world in the twenty-first century will be as bloody as they were in the twentieth.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1997.

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  • 20 Nov 2019 8:02 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Rule of Law and Ukraine. What Needs to Be Done?

    Culture eats strategy for breakfast. – Peter Drucker

    Drucker’s famous quote means that when strategy and culture collide, culture will win. Rarely has Drucker’s quote had more direct applicability than with respect to the legal system in Ukraine.

    Culture refers to the dominant set of professional values, attitudes and behavioral expectations in a given organization or identifiable group of people, whether we are speaking of the prosecution service or the judiciary or all of a country’s lawyers. 

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  • 20 Nov 2019 7:56 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Why Is Raising the Level of Rule of Law In
    post-Soviet Ukraine Such a Challenge?

    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. – William Faulkner

    A country with a legal system that possesses the rules, norms, mechanisms and procedures to produce results that most of that country’s inhabitants perceive to be just in the sense of being fair has a high level of rule of law. Countries that are not so blessed have a low level of rule of law. Ukraine has thus far fallen into the second category of countries as is, for example, reflected by its low ranking in the World Justice Project rule of law index. Why?


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  • 14 Oct 2019 11:15 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

      

    UKRAINIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

    42nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    November 1-2, 2019

    Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044

    45 Independence Ave., SW

    Washington, DC 20515

     THE TENACITY OF UKRAINE’S DEMOCRACY:

       OVERCOMING OBSTACLES AND AGGRESSION

    Click here to view full Conference Program



  • 30 Sep 2019 4:01 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Seeking to merely “contain” Putin is not enough.  We have been outplayed, outsmarted and outmaneuvered in Europe, the Middle East, Venezuela, Africa and the Arctic. And at home. Point by point “cost imposing” measures against Russia have not worked. And simply repeating the pattern of reacting, deterring, responding, defending will not work.  Moscow–minimally as a beneficiary and perhaps more–emerges in seemingly Iran’s recent provocations in the Persian Gulf.  And now the possibility of a Presidential impeachment looms. We have anchored ourselves squarely at the confluence of dual domestic and international storms.

    Read More as posted on the Foreign Policy Association Web pages

  • 19 Sep 2019 4:38 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    September 12, 2019, in Toronto at the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact 80th Anniversary (“The Black Ribbon Day Conference”) at The University of Toronto.

    Video of Panel Discussion: Victor Rud, Chairman, UABA Committee on Foreign Affairs; at 35 min 20 seconds  click here to view   

    Gary Kasparov's talk transcript; Click here to read


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