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New Europe Wonders
1 December 2019, 19:21

 

Within the rubric “New Europe Wonders” we will present the opinions of leading foreign experts on topical issues of Ukraine’s foreign policy.

 

What kind of role should Ukraine play in resolving the post-election crisis in Belarus? (September 2020)

Discussions in Ukraine about how Kyiv had to react to the events in neighboring Belarus and what would be the right choice for further reactions continue. Some believe that Ukraine should act more actively and persistently. Others point out to the limited influence of Kyiv. What kind of role should Ukraine play in resolving the crisis in Belarus? What should Ukraine do? In terms of the traditional rubric “New Europe Wonders…” our Center received answers to these questions from leading experts from Belarus, the EU and the US. A key motif of expert recommendations: Ukraine should provide moral support to the opposition, help political refugees, as well as actively communicate the Belarusian case on international platforms.

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Zmicier Mickiewicz, Journalist, Belsat TV channel; Analyst, Belarus Security Blog, Belarus; Katsiaryna Shmatsina, Political Analyst, Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS), Belarus; Paul DAnieri, Professor, an Expert on Eastern European and post-Soviet politics, University of California in Riverside, USA; James Nixey, Director, Russia-Eurasia and Europe Programmes, Chatham House, UK; Dr. Florent Parmentier, Secretary General, the Center of political researches of Sciences Po (CEVIPOF), France;  Dr. Katrin Böttger, Director, the Institute for European Politics (IEP), Germany; Paul R. Pillar, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University, US; Daniel Szeligowski, Head of Eastern Europe Programme, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Poland; Richard Weitz, Senior fellow and Director, the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute, USA; Ryhor Nizhnikau, Senior Research Fellow, the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood and Russia, Finnish institute of international affairs, Finland; Cristina Gherasimov, Research Fellow, German Council on Foreign relations (DGAP), Germany.

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What are the risks of deepening Ukraine’s cooperation with China for its relations with the EU and the United States? (August 2020)

In what areas should Ukraine develop cooperation with China without risk of losing EU and US support? What forms of partnership with China are sensitive for our partners? Will US policy towards China change after the 2020 presidential election, and how will this affect the development of Ukrainian-Chinese relations? What is the EU’s policy towards China, and how does it affect Ukraine’s cooperation with China? In terms of the traditional rubric “New Europe Wonders…” our Center received answers to these questions from leading experts from the EU and the US. The survey of foreign analysts is one of the Center’s analytical contributions to the development of Ukraine’s Asian Strategy that has been previously announced by Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine. Besides, New Europe analysts are part of a working group involved in developing this strategy.

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Belgium; Florent Parmentier, Secretary General, the Center of political researches of Sciences Po (CEVIPOF), France; Richard Weitz, Senior fellow and Director, the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute, USA; Michael Emerson, Associate Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium; Susan Stewart, Head of the Research Division on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany; Ivana Karásková, Ph.D., Founder and Project Leader, MapInfluenCE and China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE), the Czech Republic; Gustav C. Gressel, Senior Policy Fellow Wider Europe Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Germany.

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How will travel restrictions for Ukrainian seasonal workers affect Ukraine’s relations with other countries and their economies? (May 2020)

Ukrainian seasonal workers are demanded in Poland, Czech, Germany, Italy and the Baltic countries. Due to COVID-19 Ukraine restricted traveling regulations for labor migrants who are now forced to stay in the country and face employments issues. Meanwhile, the hosting countries experience lack of seasonal labour workers from Ukraine. How is Ukraine’s restriction policy perceived by other countries? How do these states deal with the lack of workers for agricultural activities? Our Center in terms of the traditional rubric “New Europe Wonders…” addressed the experts with the question “How will travel restrictions for Ukrainian seasonal workers affect Ukraine’s relations with other countries and their economies?”

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Wojciech Konończuk, deputy director, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland; Maria Piechowska & Maciej Zaniewicz, analysts on Ukraine, the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Poland; David Stulik, Senior Analyst, European Values Center for Security Policy, Czech Republic; Gwendolyn Sasse, Director of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Germany.

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How does the pandemic affect the negotiations on Donbas? (April 2020)

International attention is now fully focused on the fight against COVID-19. The topic of Russian aggression against Ukraine has rarely hit the front pages of global mass media even before that. At the same time, Russia has stepped up its efforts to take advantage of the coronavirus momentum, either through the PR support of its not always helpful assistance to Western countries, or through calls to lift sanctions. What should Ukraine prepare for? What to expect from Russia? How will the EU and the US behave? The New Europe Center addressed the experts with the question “How does the pandemic affect the negotiations on Donbas?”

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are James Sherr, Member of Strategic Advisory Group, New Europe Center; Senior Fellow, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute/ICDS; Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme of Chatham House; Arkady Moshes, Director, The EU Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Richard Weitz, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute; Sergiy Solodkyy, First Deputy Director, New Europe Center; Katharine Quinn-Judge and Richard Gowan, International Crisis Group; Valeriy Kravchenko, Director of the Centre for International Security; Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies

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How can Ukraine steer away from deteriorating relations with the US in light of Rudi Giuliani’s accusations? (June 2019)

The President-elect in Ukraine got a complex heritage regarding Ukraine’s relations with the US.  The first serious test on this topic could have taken place if Rudy Giuliani came to Kyiv to talk about continuing the investigation of cases which are of interest to Donald Trump. The visit was canceled with an argument: Zelensky is surrounded by people hostile to Trump (and even to the US). Therefore the current priority is to understand how President Zelensky should respond to new claims from Washington in order to get out of this complex situation. With this in mind, the New Europe Center contacted American experts with the following question: How should President Zelensky act regarding Ukraine’s relations with the US in view of Mr. Giuliani’s accusations?

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Daniel Treisman, Professor of political science at the University of California, Research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; David J. Kramer, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the George W. Bush administration,now a Senior Fellow at Florida International University; Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Paul R. Pillar, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies; Melinda Haring, Editor of the UkraineAlert blog at the Atlantic Council, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

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How Should Ukraine React on Challenges after the Elections to the European Parliament? (May 2019)

European elections are  in full swing, being tense and unpredictable. Regardless of whether anti-European parties increase the share of EP seats, the battle of ideas seems to reshape Europe’s political landscape for years to come. Therefore, it is very important for Europeans and Ukrainians as well as to understand what will be the challenges after these elections and how to cope with them. With this in mind, the New Europe Centercontacted well-known researchers with the following question: What challenges will face Europe and, in particular, Ukraine, after the elections to the European Parliament and how to deal with them? 

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Leo Litra, Senior Researcher, New Europe Center; Giuliano Bifolchi, University of Rome Tor Vergata – Department of History, Cultural Heritage, Education and Society, Co-founder of Association of Studies, Research and Internationalization in Eurasia and Africa (ASRIE) (Italy); Сhristine Dugoin, PhD Searcher IAE of Paris – Sorbonne Paris 1, Analyst of CapEurope (France); Jos Boonstra, Senior Researcher, Centre for European Security Studies, EUCAM coordinator (Netherlands)

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What Does the West Expect from the Next Ukrainian President? (April 2019)

Ukraine’s presidential election season is in full swing, being unpredictable and tense. Whoever becomes a President, he will have to deal with a whole range of challenges, including the Russian-Ukrainian conflict settlement and promoting the reforms implementation. Therefore, it is very important to understand what other states expect from the future Ukrainian President. This may influence the support of Ukraine on the international arena. With this in mind, the New Europe Center contacted well-known foreign researchers with the following question: What changes do you expect the future President of Ukraine to make both in domestic and foreign policy?

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security at University of Birmingham, UK; Edward Lucas, Senior Vice President at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), USA; Céline Marangé, Research Fellow, Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), France; Constanze Aka, Senior Project Manager, Research Associate, Institute for European Politics (IEP), Germany; Martin Stein, Senior Project Manager, Research Associate, Institute for European Politics (IEP), Germany; Cristina Gherasimov, Research Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Germany.

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What Should Western Strategy regarding the Russian Aggression in Ukraine Be? (February 2019)

Five years ago Russian aggression In Ukraine started, first with the occupation of the Crimea and then with the hostilities in the East. Despite numerous attempts of Ukraine and its Western partners to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Russia has not demonstrated the will to stop the conflict, with the death toll reaching 13 000 now. Over five years of war we are asking ourselves: what did these years bring in terms of successes and failures?

The New Europe Center collected the opinions of the renowned foreign researchers about the following questions:

  • What are the key achievements of the West in supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression?
  • What are the key shortcomings of Western policy?
  • In your opinion, what should the future strategy of the West regarding the Russian aggression against Ukraine be?

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Mathieu Boulegue, Research Fellow, Russia, and Eurasia Programme, The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House); Steven Pifer, William J Perry fellow at Stanford University, nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Ambassador of the USA to Ukraine (1998-2000); Susan Stewart, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Florent Parmentier, Head of Policy Lab, Sciences Po, Associate Fellow, HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics (France); Daniel Szeligowski, Senior Research Fellow, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM).

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How Can Russia’s Policy Towards Belarus Affect Regional Security? (January 2019)

Recently, the contradictions between Russia and Belarus reached their peak: there were even talks
about a possible scenario for the absorption of Belarus by Russia. Clearly, Russia’s aggressive policy, aimed at rapprochement with the neighboring state, threatens not only the sovereignty of Belarus but also regional security in general and Ukraine in particular. The New Europe Center contacted well-known foreign researchers with the following question: «How can Russia’s policy towards Belarus affect regional security and how Ukraine and its Western partners should respond to these changes?»

Among the experts, who shared their thoughts with the New Europe Center are Andrew Wilson, Professor in Ukrainian studies at University College London, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR); Arkady Moshes, Programme director of the EU`s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Yauheni Preiherman, Head, Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative; Balazs Jarabik, Nonresident Scholar at Carnegie Europe; Ryhor Nizhnikau, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Gustav Gressel, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (Berlin).

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