Bosch Foundation Berlin Discusses Prospects for Relations between Russia and the West
May 28, 2019
On 28 May 2019 an interactive panel discussion Russia and the West: Scenarios for the future was held at the Berlin office of The Robert Bosch Foundation to explore Russian-European-American dynamics in a time of multiple crises.
The organizers of the events were:
- Robert Bosch Center at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP);
- Тhe Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies;
- Тhe Robert Bosch Foundation.
The start of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine has also marked the beginning of a new escalation phase in the relationship between Russia and the West. The growing division in transatlantic relations has raised further questions about a common Western approach towards Russia and Eastern Europe. And while the Trump administration is challenging the multilateral order and Congress is implementing unilateral sanctions against Russia, the EU is divided on Nord Stream 2 and lacks a common strategy towards its Eastern neighborhood.
Over the course of four years, the project "A New Western Ostpolitik" has brought together more than 150 experts and decision-makers in Moscow, Kiev, Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels and Washington, DC. Together, they have created "scenarios for the future", exploring alternative visions for relations between Russia and the West. We will present these scenarios and discuss their probability and potential consequences with a panel of experts.
The discussion was attended by:
- Daniel S. Hamilton - Johns Hopkins University SAIS;
- Stefan Meister - Heinrich Böll Foundation in the Southern Caucasus region;
- Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz - Stefan Batory Foundation;
- Julianne Smith - Richard von Weizsäcker Fellowship, Robert Bosch Academy;
- Jan Techau - German Marshall Fund of the United States (TBC);
- Sergey Utkin - Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences.