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07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and Russia

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Foreign Policy
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Whether in economic, energy or security policy, the interests of those states geographically located between the European Union and Russia can often become pawns in the diplomatic competition between these two regional players. How will the new Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy affect the EU s neighbouring countries in this light?

Speakers

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, Kyiv
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Belarus, Minsk
Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Bratislava
Director, Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance, American Academy, Berlin Chair

Pavlo KLIMKIN

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, Kyiv

1991 graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Department of Aerophysics and Space Research, Master's degree in Physics and Mathematics
1991-1993 research officer, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Paton Welding Institute
1993-1997 Attaché, Third, Second Secretary, Directorate-General for Arms Control and Disarmament, MFA of Ukraine
1997-2000 Third, Second Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Germany (political, scientific and technical issues)
2000-2002 First Secretary, Counselor, Department for Economic Cooperation, MFA of Ukraine
2002-2004 Head, Division for Economic and Sectoral Cooperation with the EU, Department for European integration, MFA of Ukraine
2004-2008 Minister-Counselor, Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2008-2010 Director, EU Department, MFA of Ukraine
2010-2011 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
2011-2012 Deputy Minister, Head of Staff
2012-2014 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Federal Republic of Germany
since 2014 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Alena KUPCHYNA

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Belarus, Minsk

1987 Graduated from the Belarusian State University, Faculty of Law
1987-1990 Post-graduate study at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Law
1990-1992 Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy and Law, Belarusian Academy of Sciences
1991 Doctor of Law
1992-1993 Second Secretary, Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
1993-1994 Head of International Treaties Division, Legal Department, MFA
1994-1995 Deputy Director of Legal Department, MFA
1995-1997 Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Belarus to UN Office and other international organizations at Geneva
1997-1998 Deputy Permanent Representative of Belarus to UN Office and other international organizations at Geneva
2001-2002 Consultant, Department of International Organizations, MFA
2002-2004 Director of Department for Humanitarian, Ecological, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, MFA
2004-2006 Director of Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, MFA
2006-2012 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Hungary
2008-2012 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Slovenia (with the residence in Budapest)
since 2012 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Sebastian KURZ

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

2008-2011 Provincial Chairman of the Young ÖVP - Austrian People's Party, Vienna
since 2009 Federal Chairman of the Young ÖVP
2010-2011 Member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and Vienna City Council, ÖVP, Vienna
2011-2013 State Secretary for Integration, Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
2013-2017 Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
since 2017 Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

Dr. Miroslav LAJCAK

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Bratislava

1988-1991 Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, Prague
1991-1993 Embassy of Czechoslovakia, Moscow
1993-1994 Director, Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Slovakia; Director, Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava
1994-1998 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to Japan
1998-2001 Director, Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava
2001-2005 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro), Republic of Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
2005-2006 Personal Representative of EU High Representative for CFSP to facilitate the Montenegrin dialogue
2005-2007 Director General for Political Affairs - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bratislava
2007-2009 High Representative / EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Gallery
2009-2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
2010-2012 Managing Director, Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
2012-2016 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
since 2016 Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

MA Jan TECHAU

Director, Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance, American Academy, Berlin

 Jan Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European think tank of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.
 Before joining Carnegie in March 2011, Techau served in the NATO Defense College's Research Division from February 2010 until February 2011. He was director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin between 2006 and 2010, and from 2001 to 2006 he served at the German Ministry of Defense's Press and Information Department.
 Techau is an associate scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis and an associate fellow at both the German Council on Foreign Relations and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He is a regular contributor to German and international news media and writes a weekly column for Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe blog.

Political Symposium

show timetable

28.08.2016

15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner

29.08.2016

08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary

30.08.2016

08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary