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

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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?

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

Array Pavlo KLIMKIN

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, Kyiv

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

Array Alena KUPCHYNA

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Belarus, Minsk

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

Array Sebastian KURZ

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

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

Dr. Miroslav LAJCAK

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Bratislava

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

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

13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner

29.08.2016

06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary

30.08.2016

06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary