The Future Eastern Part of Europe: Ukraine, Russia
The war on Ukraine is a watershed event for the future of Europe. This discussion focused on the myriad issues it has triggered:
The promise of EU membership of Ukraine epitomized by the recent candidacy is certainly one of the aspects that will define the country’s future. What does the recent history of EU enlargement suggest? Who will prevail in the clash of narratives and actions employed by both the proponents and the opponents of EU enlargement? Are we witnessing a revival of European integration or possibly a worsening of East-West and other divisions within the European Union? What are the immediate implications of the war on Ukraine and the larger impact on the (Western part of the) EU’s Eastern Neighborhood, e.g. the direct neighbors Belarus and Moldova? And, where will Russia (crash)land in the wake of its brutal war of aggression?
For an analysis of these and other pertinent issues we turned to an expert panel of 2022/23 Europe’s Futures Fellows of IWM and ERSTE Foundation:
Veronica Anghel, lecturer in Risk in International Politics and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and previously a Max Weber Fellow and Assistant Professor in Political Science at the European University Institute (EUI).
Oksana Forostyna, editor, journalist and translator, contributor to and writer in numerous international media, currently a Marcin Król fellow at Visegrad Insight. She is the founder of independent ‘TAO Publishing’ house and a co-founder of ‘Yakaboo Publishing’ in Ukraine.
Balazs Jarabik, Head of Political Analysis and Coordination Department at European Union Advisory Mission to Ukraine, previously a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focused on Eastern and Central Europe, particularly Ukraine.
The discussion was moderated by Ivan Vejvoda, IWM Permanent Fellow and head of Europe’s Futures project.
Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Action is IWM’s strategic partnership initiative with the ERSTE Foundation aiming to understand and address challenges posed to Europe and the European Union by the eroding of democracy, rule of law deficiencies, migratory pressures or climate change. Our fifth group of Europe’s Futures Fellows comprises this year eight prominent experts who will outline their work in three public discussions throughout the month of September.
A recording of the livestream is available further below.