Round-table #1. “From Deadlock to Solutions: Towards a Comprehensive Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Peace and Security Order”
These are turbulent times. As the former German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier noted: the ‘world is in disarray’. This is symptomatic of a world in rapid transition. However, it is unclear what the transformation will achieve. One fact seems clear: The bipolar order is gone, though core elements of the Cold War are still with us. Today the European space has become one of rivalry, in which Russia and the EU are diverging over vital issues. Russia is inextricably linked to Europe, both historically and culturally, but remains a separate civilisation. This carries with it the possibility of schisms, misinformation, and misunderstanding. A shift in thinking and fundamental structural changes are needed in order to break this deadlock. A Comprehensive European Security and Peace Architecture is needed that would dismantle the problematic narratives regarding Russia and the EU. The aim of this panel is to outline the parameters of an inclusive and cooperative pan-European security architecture, and to explore mechanisms though which further deterioration of relations between Russia and the West can be avoided and cooperation enhanced.
- What are the main obstacles to building a new, more inclusive Euro-Atlantic security system?
- How do perceptions of security differ in Russia and the West? How can this gap be bridged?
- How can the OSCE extricate itself from political paralysis and become a platform for effective security dialogue and joint action?
- What are the prospects for a peaceful resolution to existing conflicts, such as the Transnistrian conflict, within the OSCE framework?
- What are the potentials and limits of NATO-Russia cooperation?
- What mechanisms can be developed to foster cooperation and avoid escalation between Russia and the West on political and military levels?
Mary Dejevsky, a writer and broadcaster, who currently works primarily for the UK-based Independent and Guardian newspapers