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02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysis

Breakout / Global power
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Russia and the EU share a geographical neighbourhood that has recently become an area of increased contention. Growing competition between the European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia’s policy of Eurasian integration escalated over Ukraine in 2014. How do the countries ‘in the middle’ navigate in the context of geopolitical tension and how are the competing policies perceived? The session explores the Russian and EU approaches towards specific countries, unresolved conflicts, and potential spaces for cooperation. The discussion will be continued at the plenary session ‘European Union – Russia: What to do?’ on August 27.


Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science, Institute of Global Affairs, London
Deputy Director, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow (tbc)
Head of Research Division Eastern Europe, Eurasia, SWP - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR - European Council on Foreign Relations, London
Director of Programs, RIAC - Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow
Head of Strategic Assessment Section, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Senior Research Fellow and Head of EU Foreign Policy, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels Chair


Deputy Director, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow

1983 MGIMO University, Faculty of international economic relations
1983-1988 Economist, Novoexport company, Foreign Trade Ministry of USSR
1987 External postgraduate program, MGIMO University, Faculty of international economic relations, Candidate of Science (Economics)
1989-2003 IE RAS, scientific associate, senior scientific associate, Head of sector, Head of Department of European Integration
2000-2003 Counselor to General Director, Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange
2002-2003 Professor, Higher School of Economics, World politics department
2002 Institute of Europe RAS, Doctor of Science (Economics); dissertation "Economic and Monetary Union of EU. International Aspect"
2003-2012 Head of European Integration Department, MGIMO
2005-2007 Deputy Principal for new educational projects, MGIMO
2007-2012 Counsellor to Principal, MGIMO
2012 MGIMO University, Department of European integration, Professor, Position: Deputy Directory for Scientific Work
2012- Principal scientific associate, IE RAS


Senior Research Fellow and Head of EU Foreign Policy, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

 Steven Blockmans is Head of EU Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a Brussels-based think tank which has been consistently ranked among the 10 best in the world. He is also Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam. His latest book deals with "The Obsolescence of the European Neighbourhood Policy" (Rowman & Littlefield 2017). Steven is the (co-)editor of 15 academic volumes, including "The EU's Role in Global Governance" (Oxford University Press 2013). He served as the leading author of Task Forces on "More Union in European Defence" chaired by Javier Solana (2015) and "Regroup and Reform: Towards a More Responsive and Effective European Union" chaired by Danuta Hübner MEP (2017). For the past 20 years, he has advised governments of countries in wider Europe and in Asia on their relations with the European Union. Blockmans holds a PhD in international law from Leiden University.

Political Symposium

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13:30 - 16:30My Europe: How to tell the storyPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hike: MindfulnessPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
15:00 - 16:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
17:00 - 18:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital ageBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do? (Что делать?)Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidencyPlenary


09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and effort to mitigate climate changePlenary