Europe's Eastern Neighbours: Crisis and Opportunity
Matthew Rojansky, Deputy Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe
The outlook for the West's relations with Russia and countries of the 'common neighbourhood' does not look favourable. After the modest achievements of the 'reset', the West's relations with Russia appear to have reached an impasse. In Belarus, a new wave of repression has pushed the EU back to a policy of isolation, even as the deepening financial crisis pushes Minsk to seek foreign credit. Relations with Ukraine are also stalled, as pro-European rhetoric has not been matched by meaningful reform. At present, it is Moldova, with its pro-European coalition, which offers the best prospects for increased EU engagement and integration. The speakers will discuss the prospects for the West's relations with the countries of Eastern Europe and Russia.
Attendance is by invitation only.