On 19 October, ICDS in co-operation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) and IMEMO (Institute of World Economics and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) organised a seminar entitled ‘Russo-Baltic Relations: Where Are We 20 Years After?’
The issues discussed at the seminar included the state of the relations between the Baltic states and Russia 20 years after the restoration of independence, the existence of individual differences in Russo-Baltic relations, the occurrence of success stories and problems, and the possible need for and the attainability of a reset in Russo-Baltic relations.
Kadri Liik, Senior Researcher, International Centre for Defence Studies, Tallinn
Marko Mihkelson, Member of the Estonian Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Member of the European Union Affairs Committee, Tallinn
Nils Muiznieks, Director, Advanced Social and Political Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia, Riga
Karsten D. Voigt, Former MP, Former Chairman of the SPD Group of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, Former Coordinator of German-American Relations, Berlin
Andrei Zagorski, IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Moderated by journalist Anvar Samost
The seminar was held in the framework of a larger project undertaken by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in partnership with a network of foreign and security policy research institutions from eight Central and Eastern European countries and the Russian Federation. The aim of the project is to jointly review the relations of Russia with the countries in the region and to explore avenues for constructive dialogue and improved cooperation in the future.
The project intends to facilitate dialogue between relevant stakeholders from the political arena, the government sector, academia and civil society. The project will result in the publication of a book reviewing the transformation in the relations between Russia and the countries of the region, and addressing the most important issues on the agenda of their relations today.
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