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

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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.

Speakers

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 Chair

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.

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.

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

13:30 - 16:30My Europe - My StoryPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in educationPartner
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
18:30 - 20:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
18:30 - 20:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:15 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in politicsPartner
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 age: From theory to practiceBreakout
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
13:00 - 14:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do?Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in businessPartner
09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary