X PAUCI Eastern Policy Forum

Peace in Ukraine?

"Transatlantic Сommunity versus Eurasia - Arising Challenges and New Opportunities”
December 15, 2014
Venue: Polonia Palace Hotel, Warsaw

Under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland

Due to the change of power and the military conflict, the events that have taken place in Ukraine since the Euromaidan, no longer influence one country only. The whole Europe has been struggling with the consequences of economic sanctions, whereas national security threats have once again become an important topic in many countries of the region. The reaction of the Western world has had its different phases ant it still lacks proper dialogue and compromise between often contending interests. The 10th PAUCI Eastern Policy Forum that took place on the 15th of December, was an opportunity for a discussion between Eastern and Western partners – the representatives of politics, think tanks, academia and non-governmental organizations. In the first panel representatives of the Eastern Partnership countries commented the last year’s events from their domestic perspectives. A crucial point of reference was obviously Ukraine one year after the Euromaidan. During the next panel the discussion pertained to the reaction of the Western world – mainly the European Union and the United States – to the Crimean crisis and hence to relations with Russia. The last part focused on development of the Eastern Partnership region and its relations with the West.

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08:30 – 09:15 Registration
09:15 – 10:00 Opening speech by:
Konrad Pawlik, Director of the Eastern Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland;
Ambassador Andrii Deshchytsia, Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Poland.
Keynote speech by:
Mustafa Dzhemilev (UA) (tbc)

10:00 – 12:00 I Panel. Developments in Eastern Partnership region in 2013/2014 with a special attention to the situation in Ukraine after Euromaidan
Introductory remarks:
Andriy Parubiy (UA) (tbc), Liliana Palihovici (MD) (tbc)
Experts’ presentations:
Vano Chkhikvadze (GE)- Russian factor – from 2008 in Georgia to war in Ukraine;
Ghia Nodia (GE);
Boris Navasardian (AR): Caucasus – specifics of the region and its reaction to the developments in Ukraine/Russia.
Giga Bokeria (GE).
Discussion: 30 min.
Moderator: Krzysztof Bobiński (PL)

12:00 – 12:30
Coffee break

12:30 – 14:00 II Panel. Evaluation of EU and US response to the crisis and dynamics of Russia-West relations
Introductory remarks:
Marieluise Beck (DE).
Experts’ presentations:
Iryna Solonenko (UA) - Association Agreement as an instrument of EU policymaking (tbc);
Katarzyna Pisarska (PL) - Divided EU versus threats imposed by Russia;
Walter Zarycky (US)- Transatlantic dimension – need for a new strategy of the West.
Alex Petrishavili (GE).
Discussion: 30 min.
Moderator: Jeff Lovitt (CZ)

14:00 – 15:00
Lunch break

15:00 – 16:30 III Panel. Short and long term prospects of developments in Eastern Partnership region and its relations with EU and US
Introductory remarks:
Grzegorz Gromadzki (PL)
Experts’ presentations:
Rainder Steenblock (DE) - designing new EU policy towards Eastern Europe and Russia;
Yevhen Hlibovytsky (UA) – what role can the EaP region play in Europe?
Vladimir Milov (RU) - Russia and Europe after Putin (tbc).
Taras Wozniak (UA), Paweł Kowal (PL) (tbc)
Discussion: 30 min
Moderator: Jacek Kucharczyk (PL)
16:30 – 17:00 Jan Piekło, concluding remarks, conference closing.