Association for International Affairs in cooperation with the University of Birmingham, EU-Russia Centre, and The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) holds an international conference on  EU-Russia relations entitled “Prospects for a Strategic Partnership”. It follows the workshop on this topic which took place in February 2011 in Prague. It will be the first public event the Association organizes in Brussels.

The aim of the conference will be to explore concrete steps which the European and Russian policy community might take in order to build a more durable and meaningful partnership. The organizers intend to publish a summary of the conference in a form of a policy brief. Firstly, participants will discuss specific issues on the agenda of political and economical cooperation and then the prospects for a new strategic framework for the EU-Russia relationship. Particular attention will be paid to key issues in the current relationship and to the institutional set-up and steering mechanisms Brussels and Moscow should strive to develop in order to advance their partnership.

Speakers include:

GUNNAR WIEGAND, European External Action Service (EEAS), Director for Russia

MILENA VICENOVA, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the EU

VLADIMIR CHIZHOV, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU

DEREK AVERRE, University of Birmingham, Centre for Russian and East  European Studies, Director

FRASER CAMERON, EU-Russia Centre, Director

MARK ENTIN, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)

HANNES SWOBODA, European Parliament, AFET Rapporteur for the new EU–Russia Agreement

DMITRY DANILOV, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Europe

OLGA POTEMKINA, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Europe

NADIA ARBATOVA, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)

DENNIS KREDLER, European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT)

The tentative programme of the event can be downloaded here.

Working language: English

Time and place of the event:
Tuesday, November 22 2011, 9:00 – 17:00
15, rue Caroly, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

R.S.V.P. at by Sunday, November 20, 2011.