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Invitation 9 Oct 2018: China and Russia in the EU Neighbourhood

27 September 2018

Russia and China are using their power and a variety of tools to extend their influence in the EU's Neighbourhood. What interests do they have in common? What separates them? Are both acting against each other in the region or do they have a common agenda against the EU’s integration and democratization efforts? The aim of the expert conference is to analyze China’s and Russia’s regional strategies in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood.

The program is as follows.

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 09.00-16.30h, Steigenberger Hotel, Ballroom B, 71 Avenue Louise, Brussels.

08:30 Registration of the participants 

09:00 Opening remarks by Dr Peter Fischer-Bollin, Deputy Head European and International Cooperation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin and Dr Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre, Brussels 

09:15 Introductory remarks by Mr Elmar Brok (tbc), MEP, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament, Brussels 

09:30 Discussion 

10:00 Panel 1: Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova: Springboard for Russian and Chinese influence at the EU’s backdoor? 

Mr Dirk Schuebel, Head of Division, Russia, European External Action Service, Brussels
Prof Joseph Cheng, Retired Professor of Political Science, City University of Hong Kong
Dr Sergej Utkin, Head of Strategic Assessment Section, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Dr Siarhei Bohdan, Associate Analyst, Ostrogorski Centre, Minsk
Dr Anaïs Marin, Assistant Professor and Marie Curie Fellow, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw
Moderation: Mr Stephan Malerius, Deputy Head Finance and Project Management, former KAS Director Belarus, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin 

11:30 Coffee break 

12:00 Panel 2: The Caucasus: Can China make inroads in Russia’s backyard? Georgia as new East-West hub? 

Ms Irina Guruli, Deputy Director, Economic Policy Research Center, Tbilisi
Dr Yana Zuo, Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Ms Jana Kobzova (tbc), Policy Director, Rasmussen Global
Dr Alexandra Yatsik, Visiting researcher, Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, Warsaw
Ms Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Center, Brussels
Moderation: Ms Sabina Woelkner, Program Director, Multinational Development Policy Dialogue, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Brussels 

13:30 Lunch break 

14:30 Panel 3: The Western Balkan: Trojan horses in the EU? 

Mr Clive Rumbold (tbc), Deputy Head, Division: Western Balkans, European External Action Service, Brussels
Mr Momčilo Radulović, President, European Movement in Montenegro
Dr Igor Rogelja, Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Florence
Mr Matej Šimalčík, Research Fellow, Institute for Asian Studies, Bratislava
Moderation: Dr Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre 

16:00 Conclusions by Dr Fraser Cameron and Dr Peter Fischer-Bollin 

16:30 End of conference

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Further information click here.

Online registration click here.