Does the Eastern Partnership Have a Future?

Five Special Events with Top European and American Experts

8 March 2021

Exclusive series of five meetings with Transatlantic speakers on the future of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.

Instead of the EU’s postponed EaP summit, Visegrad Insight together with the German Marshall Fund of the US (Black Sea Trust) organises an international community online summit to discuss pressing challenges for Eastern Europe.

During the week of 15-19 March, we will discuss in five meetings the validity of the EaP framework for the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, explore new policy directions for a dynamically changing international environment and put a spotlight on societal and economic trends that are often manifested only at hard-to-foresee events in the region.

These discussions are meant to serve as a cumulative outcome of the special scenario-based report we launched last year to trace dynamics and charting possible trajectories for Eastern Europe to take over the coming ten years.

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Agenda of the EaP2030 week 15-19 March 2021:

Will the EaP Survive the Pandemic?
15 March 4PM CET / 11AM ET

Vassilis Maragos, Head of European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus Unit, European Commission
Kateryna Pishchikova, an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the eCampus University, an Affiliate Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy
Moderated by: Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-in-Chief, Visegrad Insight

Can Civic Emancipation in the EaP Stop?
16 March 4PM CET / 11AM ET

Anna Westerholm, Ambassador for the Eastern Partnership, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Joerg Forbrig, a Senior Fellow and Director for Central and Eastern Europe, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director, European Endowment for Democracy
Moderated by: Kerry Longhurst, Jean Monnet Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of International Relations and Sustainable Development at Collegium Civitas

Will the Peace in the Caucasus Hold?
17 March 4PM CET / 11AM ET

Thomas de Waal, a Senior Fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region
Richard Giragosian, Director, Regional Studies Center, Armenia
Zaur Gasimov, a Senior Research Fellow at the Russian History Department, University of Bonn.
Moderated by: Anna Żamejć, a freelance journalist and communications specialist, recipient of 2013 Fulbright and International Peace Scholarship

Does Transnational Solidarity with the EaP Countries Make Sense?
18 March 4PM CET / 11AM ET

Ambassador Mira Sun, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Poland
Stanislav Secrieru, a Senior Analyst at EUISS specializing in Russia and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood
Moderated by: Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-in-Chief, Visegrad Insight

Disinformation War: Image of the EaP Countries in the Western Media
19 March 4PM CET / 11AM ET

Philipp Fritz, Warsaw correspondent for WELT
David J. Kramer, a Senior Fellow at Florida International University, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Moderated by: Arleta Bojke, a journalist and former TVP correspondent in Russia


These exclusive events hosted diplomatic, think tank/NGO and senior editors community.
Dates: Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March 2021
Format: Zoom online meetings


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