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

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Hauptschule
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.

Head of Strategic Assessment Section, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Director for Global Political Risk Analysis, Control Risks and Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London
Head, Research Division Eastern Europe, Eurasia, SWP - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
Director, Institute of Europe, and Corresponding Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Director of Programs, RIAC - Russian International Affairs Council; Program Director, Valdai Discussion Club, Moscow
Senior Research Fellow and Head, EU Foreign Policy, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Array Sergey UTKIN

Head of Strategic Assessment Section, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

 Sergey Utkin since 2016 heads Strategic Assessment Section at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2016 until June 2018 he also headed Foreign and Security Policy Department at the Moscow-based Centre for Strategic Research. He holds a PhD in political science (international relations), which he received at IMEMO in 2006. His research is focused on foreign and security policy of the EU, the EU’s relations with Russia and the US, Russia’s foreign policy in the Euro-Atlantic area.

Array Oksana ANTONENKO

Director for Global Political Risk Analysis, Control Risks and Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London

 Oksana Antonenko is Director for Global Political Risk Analysis at Control Risk consultancy. She advises businesses and governments on political trends and crisis-management in Europe and Eurasia. She is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economic and Political Science. In 2011-2016 Ms. Antonenko was a Senior Political Counsellor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In 1996-2011 Oksana was Program Director for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Oksana has degrees from Harvard University and Moscow State University.

Dr. Sabine FISCHER

Head, Research Division Eastern Europe, Eurasia, SWP - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin

 Sabine Fischer is the Head of the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. Previously she worked at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. Her research focuses on Russian foreign policy and unresolved conflicts in Eastern Europe. Her publications include: “A Permanent State of Sanctions?”, SWP Comment, April 2017 and “Not frozen! The unresolved conflicts over Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh in light of the crisis over Ukraine” (ed.), SWP Research Paper 9, September 2016.

Ph.D. Alexey GROMYKO

Director, Institute of Europe, and Corresponding Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

 Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IE RAS). Professor of RAS.
 Graduated from the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). Doctor of Sciences (History).
 Associate researcher at Ruskin College and associate visitor at St Antony’s College at Oxford University.
 Since 2000, works at IE RAS.
 President of the Association of European Studies (Russia)
 Academic focus: British studies, European integration and security, international relations.

Dr. Ivan TIMOFEEV

Director of Programs, RIAC - Russian International Affairs Council; Program Director, Valdai Discussion Club, Moscow

 Ivan Timofeev has been a Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) since 2011. He is responsible for the intellectual performance of RIAC, managing its programs and projects. Since 2015 he also heads a "Euro-Atlantic Security" program at Valdai Discussion Club. Dr. Timofeev is an author and co-author of more than 80 publications, issued in Russian and foreign academic press. He is a member of editorial board at the "Comparative Politics" an academic journal on International Relations and Political Science and an Associate Professor at MGIMO-University.

Array Steven BLOCKMANS

Senior Research Fellow and Head, 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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25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30 My Europe – My Story Partner
15:00 - 16:30 Opening Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 New perspectives on EU enlargement Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Drink reception Social

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in education Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offer Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in Europe Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulation Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EU Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysis Breakout
13:00 - 14:15 Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides? Plenary
15:00 - 16:15 Democracies under pressure Plenary
16:30 - 18:30 Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regions Partner
16:30 - 18:30 Green Finance: Private capital against climate change Partner
16:45 - 18:15 The subsidiarity principle under scrutiny Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 European-Israeli Dinner Social
18:15 - 19:00 POLITICO Happy Hour Social

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politics Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transition Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable development Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnerships Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvement Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration? Breakout
11:00 - 12:45 From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisis Partner
12:30 - 13:45 Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia Plenary
14:15 - 15:45 European Union – Russia: What to do? Plenary
16:15 - 17:15 The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council Presidency Plenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in business Partner
07:30 - 08:30 The rule of law under scrutiny Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate change Plenary