In search of joint responses to threats and challenges to European security

Published on Wednesday, 9th of December 2015

CMI and the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences organised the second annual international conference in Moscow.

On 25 November 2015, CMI in cooperation with the Institute of Europe of RAS  (Russian Academy of Sciences) and with the support of the Association of European Studies (AES) organised the Second Annual International Conference In search of joint responses to threats and challenges to European security in Moscow.

The conference consisted of three thematic panels of speakers followed by roundtable discussions. After the welcoming remarks from the organisers – Aleksey Gromyko, Director of the Institute of Europe (RAS) and Ville Brummer, CMI’s Programme Director and speakers from Kyiv and Moscow presented their views on the Ukrainian conflict and its implications for European security, reflected on the current peace process, as well as discussed possible ways of conflict settlement.

The speakers in the first panel included:

Vasily Likhachev, Member of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots
Andrey Ermolaev, Director, Institute for Strategic Research “New Ukraine”
Viktor Mironenko, Head of the Center for Ukrainian Studies, Institute of Europe RAS
Vadim Karasyov, Head of Institute of Global Strategies (IGLS)
Sergey Ermakov, Deputy Director of Tauride Information and Analytical Center, RISS and
Andrey Zagorsky, Director of IMEMO Department of Disarmament and Conflict Resolution.

The session was co-moderated by Dmitry Danilov, Head of the European Security Department, Institute of Europe, and Denis Matveev, CMI’s Programme Adviser.

The second session was dedicated to Russian relations with the West reflecting on their state of play, challenges and possible means for their improvement. The speakers of the second session were:

Kirill Logvinov, Head of the NATO Section, Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
Jean de Gliniasty, Senior Research Fellow, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS)
Derek Averre, Senior Lecturer in Russian Foreign and Security Policy, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham
Irina Kobrinskaya, Deputy Director of Centre for Situation Analysis of RAS

The discussion was moderated by Ville Brummer, CMI’s Programme Director.

The third session addressed the issues of European security in a broader global context, its interconnections and implications of the war in Syria. Mikhail Nosov, Deputy Director of Institute of Europe RAS, moderated the panel of speakers, which included:

Vitaly Naumkin, Scientific Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS Corresponding Member
Henning Riecke, Head of USA/Translantic Relations Programme, German Council on Foreign Relations
Leonid Fituni, Deputy Director of Institute of African Studies, RAS
Olaf Osica, Executive Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies (Warsaw, Poland)
Dmitry Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

All sessions were followed by lively discussions with the participants of the conference who represented a wide range of academics, experts, officials from Russia and EU diplomats.