The panel discussion “The Conflict in Ukraine: Actors and Interests”

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The expert of NGO “Quadrivium” discussed a situation in Ukraine within the panel discussion “The Conflict in Ukraine: Actors and Interests”, hosted by the Forum on Security Policy at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).


In December 2 the Forum on Security Policy at the University of St. Gallen organized the panel discussion “The Conflict in Ukraine: Actors and Interests”.
The main invited speakers were: Mr. Maksym Butkevych, Ukrainian human rights activist and journalist, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid, professor at the University of St. Gallen with the research focus (among others) on nationalism in Eastern Europe, media theories in Russia, regionalism in Ukraine, Mr. Tuomo Talvela, Counsellor, Head of Political Section, Delegation of the European Union to Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein (EEAS).
The discussion was moderated by Dr. Carmen Scheide, executive director of the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, editor of the online journal “Euxeinos” dealing with governance and culture in the Black Sea region.
Nadia Bureiko, the expert of NGO “Quadrivium”, joint the discussion.

Pabl 1.phpEach panelist had an introductory statement, elaborating his position on the conflict in Ukraine as a starting point for further debate. The main part of the debate was focused on the following:
1. The situation on the ground: has Ukraine become a “destabilized” state?
2. The EU as Russia’s antagonist: a paralyzed soft power?
3. Russia’s view on us: Did Europe ignore its big neighbour for too long?
4. Outlook: Ukrainian-Russian-European relations in 12 months.
The event gathered a large audience – scientists, experts on security and regional development, public activists and students.

Note: During the current week in Switzerland there were several meetings at different levels devoted to the situation in Ukraine and possible solutions of the military conflict in Donbas, e.g. OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference 2014 in Basel (December 1) and the conference “Russia and Ukraine: Common History, Different Memories” in Geneva (December 4).


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