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Formulating a New Foreign Policy Approach toward Russia

November 14, 2014 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Please join us for an important discussion that will assess the new dynamics in Europe’s security landscape and evaluate the challenges of the past year in light of the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine.  Twenty-three years of policy efforts to integrate Russia into Western structures after the collapse of the Soviet Union have come to an end. The principal challenge to the transatlantic community is to formulate a new and long-term foreign policy approach by directly engaging, for the first time, Poland as well as the Baltic and Central European countries.  This conference will address these new challenges, examine the potential impact on the region, particularly within Russia’s neighborhood, and discuss how the United States and Europe can reformulate their foreign policies in order to better understand Russia’s motivations today, predict its future behavior, and ensure the security and stability of Europe.  Our expert panelists will address these issues and offer their perspectives on what transatlantic dialogue with Russia will look like in the future, as well as examine the implications of Russia’s actions on the future of the international system.

8:45AM Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00AM Welcoming Remarks by 
Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic; Director, CSIS Europe Program
Dr. Slawomir Debski
Director, Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDU)
9:05AM Opening Keynote: The Future of Dialogue and Understanding with Russia
Dr. Adam Daniel Rotfeld
Co-Chairman of Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters
and Former Foreign Minister of Poland
9:20AM Panel One: Understanding Russia Today and Predicting Its Future
Dr. Angela Stent
Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University
Dr. Marie Mendras
Professor, School of International Relations, Sciences Po
Sergey Utkin
Head of Department of Strategic Assessment, Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences
James Sherr
Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Chatham House
Moderated by
Dr. Slawomir Debski
Director, CPRDU
10:50AM Panel Two: How Does Europe and the U.S. Reconstruct Its Policy Toward Russia and the Region?
Ambassador Paul Jones
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Roman Kuźniar
Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Poland
Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
Moderated by
Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic, CSIS
12:30-1:00PM Buffet Lunch
1:00PM Luncheon Keynote: Russia and the International System
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
1:30PM Panel Three: The View from the Region: Russia’s Neighborhood and the Future of the International System?
Ambassador Tedo Japaridze
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Former Foreign Minister of Georgia
Dr. Mykhailo Kirsenko
Professor, National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’
Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff
Fellow and Deputy Director, Russia & Eurasia Program, CSIS
Moderated by
Ernest Wyciszkiewicz
Deputy Director, CPRDU
The conference is co-hosted with the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDU) and is possible through their generous financial support.
The conference will be ON the record.