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Europe Meets Russia

April 2012
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Thank You

The ICD would like to extend its sincere gratitude to all those in the organisation of the conference and to the entire Europe Meets Russia team including; William Hernád, Elena Afromeeva, Annelieke Madou, Yulia Shutova, Kateryna Kononiuk, Yulia Iliyna, Thibault Geron.

The ICD and all of the organisers would like to thank the participants and speakers, whose enthusiasm and participation were a vital contribution to the phenomenal success of this exciting and vibrant international event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.

Introduction

The Europe meets Russia Conference 2012 explored salient issues in the European Russian relations. They were presented both from European and Russian perspectives and showed different points of view. Culture, business and politics are the main spheres of cooperation between Europe and Russia.

The Europe Meets Russia Conference 2012 was part of the Young Leaders Forum (YLF), a department within the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. YLF is predicated on the ICD’s philosophy that diplomacy must transcend mere discussion and include practical implementation of theory for the reason that sometimes actions speak louder than words: cultural diplomacy must show rather than tell.

Politicians and analysts from the EU and Russia explained the specifics of the relationship between Europe and Russia and took a look into various perspectives and issues surrounding their cooperation.

The program consisted of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions featuring leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

The following is a summary of the EMR Conference 2012. It provides key themes, information on speakers including lecture topics and keynote interviews, and an analysis of the conference as a whole.

Seminar Speakers

Armen Oganesyan
(Editor-in-Chief, International Affairs Journal, Russia)
The Hon. Raul Mälk
(Former Foreign Minister of Estonia)
Dr. Kristin Wesemann
(Expert, Bundeszentrale für
politische Bildung)
Michail Kasyanov
(Former Prime Minister of Russia)
Fraser Cameron
(Director, Europe-Asia Center, former Director or Europe-Russia Center, Brussels)
Kristiina Ojuland
(Former Foreign Minister & Member of European Parliament)
H. E. Amb. Aureliu Ciocoi
(Ambassador of Moldavia to Germany)
Marc Bogaerts
(Chief  Choreographer, Deutsches Fernseherballet)
H.E. Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
(Secretary General of the European Cultural Parliament, former Swedish Ambassador)
Ivan Alexeev
(Political Attaché of the Russian Embassy in Berlin)

Conference Interviews

Interviews were conducted with the following speakers as part of the EMR Conference 2012:
  • Michail Kasyanov (Former Prime Minister of Russia)
  • Kristiina Ojuland (Former Foreign Minister & Member of European Parliament)
  • H. E. Amb. Aureliu Ciocoi (Ambassador of Moldavia to Germany)
Interviews and lecture are available online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/icdchannel?feature=results_right_main

Conference Timetable

  Tuesday, April 24th Wednesday, April 25th Thursday, April 26th Friday, April 27th
09:30 Registration Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
10:00 Introduction and Welcome

Speaker:
Mark C .Donfried
(Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
ICD House and Arts
Russia in the Global World
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
The Hon. Raul Mälk
(Former Foreign Minister of Estonia)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
History and the Responsibilities of "Political Education" Regarding Russia
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Dr. Kristin Wesemann
(Expert, Bundeszentrale für
politische Bildung)

Location:
Federal Foundation for Political Education
(Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung)
Russia and Europe: Together or Apart?
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
The Hon. Michail Kasyanov
(Former Prime Minister of Russia)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
11:00 Travel Time Coffee Break Travel Time Coffee Break
11:30   The Impact of Russia’s WTO Accession on EU-Russia Relations
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Fraser Cameron
(Director, Europe-Asia Center, former Director or Europe-Russia Center, Brussels)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
Environmental Problems of the Engine Internal Combustion (Participant Paper)

Speaker:
Maxim Dolgov (Senior teacher in Eurazian National University named by L.N. Gumilev, Kazakhstan)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture

(11:45) Growing Challenges to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
The Hon. Kristiina Ojuland
(Former Foreign Minister & Member of European Parliament)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
(11:15)  Political, Economic and Cultural Trends in the European-Russian Partnership (Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
The Hon. Michail Kasyanov
(Former Prime Minister of Russia)
Mark C. Donfried
(Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture

(12:00) The Relationship Between Moldova and the European Union and Russia
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H. E. Amb. Aureliu Ciocoi
(Ambassador of Moldavia to Germany)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
12:30 (12:00) German Parliament
Special Visit and Guided Historical and Architectural Tour

Location:
German Parliament
Political, Economic and Cultural Trends in the European-Russian Partnership
(Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
Fraser Cameron
(Director, Europe-Asia Center, former Director or Europe-Russia Center, Brussels)
The Hon. Raul Mälk
(Former Foreign Minister of Estonia)
Mr. Rolf Schnelle (German Foreign Office)
Dr. Ulrich Brückner
(Jean Monnet Chair Professor of European Studies, Stanford University)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
The European-Russian Relationship with Reference to the Crisis in Syria (Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
Mr. Ribal Al Assad (Founder of the Iman Foundation)
The Hon. Kristiina Ojuland
(Former Foreign Minister & Member of European Parliament)
Mark C. Donfried
(Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
The Future of the European-Russian Partnership
(Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
H. E. Amb. Aureliu Ciocoi
(Ambassador of Moldavia to Germany)
Dr. Ulrich Brückner
(Jean Monnet Chair Professor of European Studies, Stanford University)
Armen Oganesyan
(Editor-in-Chief, International Affairs Journal, Russia)
H.E. Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
(Secretary General of the European Cultural Parliament, former Swedish Ambassador)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
13:30 Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Farewell
14:00 Arts as Cultural Diplomacy
(Lecture and Visit)

Speaker:
Marc Bogaerts
(Chief Choreographer, Deutsches Fernseherballet)

Location:
State School for Arts and Ballet (Staatliche Ballet Schule & Schule für Artistik)
(15:00) Contemporary Russian Diplomacy
(Lecture & Visit)

Speaker:
Ivan Alekseev
(Political Attaché of the Russian Embassy in Berlin)

Location:
Russian Embassy in Berlin
(14:30) Russian- Georgian Trade
(Participant Paper)

Speaker:
Nino Matcharashvili

(14:45) Europe Meets Russia: But where are the Meeting Points?
(Presentation and Interactive Discussion)

Speaker:
Armen Oganesyan
(Editor-in-Chief, International Affairs Journal, Russia)
 
16:00 Berlin Historical Walking Tour Travel Time (15:30) Travel Time  
17:00 Berlin Historical Walking Tour

A tour of the famous sites of East Berlin including the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin-Mitte
Introduction to Cultural Diplomacy and the European Russian Relationship - Leadership Initiatives
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Mark C. Donfried
(Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
(16:30) Cultural Diplomacy & Sport
Special Visit and Guided Historical and Architectural Tour to Berlin Olympic Stadium

Location:
Berlin Olympiastadium
 
18:00 (19:00) Welcome Group Dinner Optional Social Evening Activities Optional Social Evening Activities  
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