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RUSSIA, UKRAINE, GEORGIA
AND THE EUROPEAN UNION -
Shaping a Common Future?

PARIS

09-10 October 2008

International Seminar for Experts in the series 'Great Debates' organised by the Cicero Foundation, Maastricht/Paris
Code GD 2872

PROGRAMME


Venue: Maison de l Amerique Latine
217, boulevard Saint-Germain
75007 PARIS
France
Metro : Rue du Bac
Date: 09-10 Oct 2008
Language: English


Thursday, 9 October 2008


09.40 - 10.30

His Excellency Mr. KOSTIANTYN TYMOSHENKO
Ambassador of Ukraine to France

Ukraine and the European Union -
What Can Ukraine Offer the EU and
What Can the EU Offer Ukraine?


10.30 - 10.50

Break

10.50 - 11.40

Prof. HALL GARDNER
The American University of Paris
Chair Department of International and Comparative Politics


Building and Keeping Peace in the Black Sea Region:
The Role of the EU and NATO


11.40 - 12.30

Mr. ANDREW WILSON
Senior Policy Fellow
European Council on Foreign Relations, London


The Future of EU-Russia Relations in Eastern Europe:
Are Russian and European Ambitions Conflicting?


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

14.30 - 16.00

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP I:
EU - Russia Relations


* EU - Russia Relations after the War in Georgia:
What are the Consequences?
* How Symmetric is the EU-Russia Energy Partnership?
* The Special Relationship between Russia and Germany:
How Does it Affect EU Policies?
* The Impact of the Authoritarian Regime in Russia
on its Foreign Policy
* Will the EU-Russia Relationship Change under President Medvedev?
* Does Russia Consider its Near Abroad as an Exclusive Russian Sphere of Interest?


WORKSHOP II:
The EU and the Eastern Neighbourhood

* EU Membership for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova?
* Ukraine - EU: An Enhanced Partnership Agreement?
* What is the Impact of the Frozen Conflicts on the European
Neighbourhood Policy?
* Assessing the Eastern Initiative of Sweden and Poland
* What is the Impact of the Neighbourhood Investment
Initiative (NIF)?



16.00 - 16.20

Break

16.20 - 17.10

Dr. ERNST PIEHL
Former Director of CEDEFOP, Berlin
Expert on the European Neighbourhood Policy


The Future of the European Neighbourhood Policy


Friday, 10 October 2008


09.30 - 10.20

Mr. CHRISTOPHER MURRAY
Deputy Chief of Mission
The United States Mission to the European Union, Brussels


How Does the United States View the Eastern
Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union?


10.20 - 10.50

Break

10.50 - 11.40

Mr. MARCEL H. VAN HERPEN
Director Cicero Foundation

The Ideology Behind the Power Vertical of Putin
and Its Impact on the New Foreign Policy of Russia


11.40 - 12.30

Ms. ISABELLE FACON
Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), Paris
Defence Specialist


The Maritime Stategy of Russia in the Black Sea Region:
Stepping Stone for the Re-emerging Global Aspirations of Moscow?


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

14.30 - 16.00

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP III:
Security Aspects of the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy


* NATO Membership Action Plans for Ukraine and Georgia?
* The Suspension of the CFE Treaty by Russia:
A Danger for Europe?
* Is the EU Ready to Face the Security Implications
of its Eastern Neighbourhood Policy?
* The Increasingly Muscular Foreign Policy of Russia:
How Should the West Respond?



16.00 - 16.20

Break

16.20 - 17.10

Prof. MARIE MENDRAS
Professor at Sciences-Po, Paris and at the London
School of Economics and Political Science
Director of the Russia Observatory at the Centre for
International Studies and Research CERI, Paris


The Increasingly Muscular Foreign Policy of Russia:
How Should the West Respond?


17.10 - 17.30

Conclusions and Evaluation

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