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The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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in englischer Sprache

The Ukrainian crisis has shown that a peaceful Europe can only be built on a mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Russia, whether in the areas of energy, commerce, or relations with other regional actors. How can EU-Russia relations be developed into a win-win situation for both parties?

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riga
Correspondent, Israel and Palestine Territories, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tel Aviv Chair

H.E. Vladimir CHIZHOV

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels

1976 Embassy in Athens, Greece
1981 5th European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1985 Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
1992 Counsellor, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Head of UK/Ireland Division, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1993 Deputy Director, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1995 Deputy Head, Russian delegation to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria
1996 Deputy High Representative for Bosnia Peace Implementation, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1997 Director, 3rd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1997-2000 Russian Special Representative for Cyprus
1999 Director, European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2000-2002 Russian Special Representative for the Balkans
2002 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
2005 Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Communities, Brussels
since 2010 Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels
 Conducted analytical research work on European security, OSCE, Russia-EU and Russia-NATO relations, Mediterranean, Balkans, problems of Cyprus and Northern Ireland, UN peace-keeping operations.

Ivan KRASTEV

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

 Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. In 2018-2019 Ivan is appointed as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. His latest books in English are 'After Europe' (UPenn Press, May 2017) 'Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest' (UPenn Press, May 2014); 'In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?' (TED Books, 2013). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book 'The Light that Failed' (with Penguin) on perils of the politics of imitation.

Edgars RINKEVICS

Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riga

 Master in Political Science, University of Latvia, Riga
 Master in National Resource Strategy, U.S. National Defence University, Washington D.C.
1993-1994 Journalist, Latvijas Radio, Riga
1995-2008 Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Riga:
  1995-1996 Senior Desk Officer, Policy Department
  1996 Director, Policy Department
  1996-1997 Under Secretary of State for Defence Policy Matters
  1997 Acting Secretary of State
  1997-2008 Secretary of State
2002-2003 Deputy Head, Latvian Delegation for accession negotiations with NATO
2005-2007 Office Manager, Office for organising the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government
2008-2011 Head of the Chancery, Chancery of the President of Latvia, Riga
since 2011 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Riga

Dr. Alexandra FÖDERL-SCHMID

Correspondent, Israel and Palestine Territories, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tel Aviv

 Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, born in 1971, has been with the Süddeutsche Zeitung since September 2017 and reports on Israel and the Palestinian territories. Before that, she was editor-in-chief for ten years and later co-editor of the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard and the news portal derStandard.at. She has studied journalism, political science and history and earned her doctorate on the dual broadcasting system in Germany. Furthermore, she was 2005 Reuters/APA-Geiringer-Fellow in Oxford. She was awarded with the Austrian Kurt-Vorhofer-Prize for politcal journalism, the Constitutional Award and the Ari-Rath-Prize. In addition, she was instrumental in the reestablishment of the Press Council in Austria.

Political Symposium

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29.08.2015

16:00 - 17:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner

30.08.2015

09:00 - 10:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
12:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 21:30Young Talents – Los ColoradosCulture

31.08.2015

06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities – Future Chances?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society’s Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant’s SkillsBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
19:00 - 20:30CANCELED – Late Night Talk: Islam, “Islamic State” and ViolencePlenary

01.09.2015

07:00 - 07:30InDignityPlenary
07:30 - 08:15Existential RisksPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
10:15 - 10:30Concluding RemarksPlenary