On June 12, 2018, New Europe Center and Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter held the conference “Israel’s Experience of Nation-Building: Lessons for Ukraine”. The purpose of the conference is to share the Israeli experience in various fields of state-building with Ukrainian civil servants and civil society.
The plenary session of the conference was attended by:
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine; Eli Belotserkovsky, Ambassador of Israel to Ukraine; Daniel Meridor, President of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel (2009-2013); Georgii Logvynskyi, Member of Ukrainian Parlament, co-chair of the Ukraine-Israeil interpariamentary cooperation group.
Among Israeli participants was Ron Prosor, Representative of the State of Israel to the United Nations (2011-2015), Robert Singer, Executive Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress, Dan Mariashin, Executive Vice President of the Jewish Human Rights Organization B’nai Brith International, Rabbi Michael Melchior, Former Minister for Diaspora and Social Policy and Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, Dan Meridor, President of the Israeli Foreign Affairs Council, Minister of Justice (1988-1992) and Vice Prime Minister (2009-2013) of Israel, Major General Yaakov Amidror, Chairman of the National Security Council of Israel (2011-2013), Einat Wilf, public intellectual, Member of the Knesset (2011-2013), Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Andrew Srulevitch, Director of European Affairs of the Anti-Defamation League.
During the conference was discussed national security and human rights, language and education policies, countering misinformation and promoting state image abroad, Israel’s experience in defense, innovation and interactions with the diaspora.
The main theses of the speakers of the plenary session
The main theses of the speakers of the Workshop №1 “National security and human rights: how to find a balance in ensuring public interests?”
The main theses of the speakers of the Workshop №2 “Solidifying the nation: language, education, inclusion”
The main theses of the speakers of the Workshop №3 “Israel’s public diplomacy: countering disinformation and promoting state image abroad”
The main theses of the speakers of the Workshop №4 Israel’s Relations with its Diaspora
The main theses of the speakers of the Workshop №5 “Israel’s Nurturing Innovation”
The main theses of the speakers of the Workshop №6 “The Defense Sector and Innovation: Israel’s Experience”
An article by Ariel Rodal-Spieler, Leading Columnist, Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC Herzliya), “Israel’s Experience of Nation-Building: Lessons for Ukraine”
An article of Markian Kuzmowycz, an intern at the New Europe Center, “What can Ukraine learn from Israel’s international brand-building success?” at the Business Ukraine