Join our discussion “Russia and the West”
How should we deal with a repressive and confrontational Russia? Join our annual discussion “Russia and the West” on 24 March, which will be held jointly with the Munich Security Conference this year.
With the war against Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has brutally attacked the European order. The political and humanitarian catastrophe currently unfolding in Ukraine, which is fighting a desperate struggle against a far superior adversary, marks a turning point. This does not come as a surprise. For years, the Russian leadership has pursued a revanchist and militaristic course.
Russia’s systematic rearmament, the military intervention in Ukraine that has been ongoing since 2014, the bombing campaign in Syria, the deployment of Russian mercenary troops in other countries – all these were clear signs of an aggressive forward strategy by the Kremlin. Its goal is to re-establish Russia as a great power and adversary of Western democracies. Putin has demonstrated that he is willing to gamble big and ignore all the relevant norms to achieve these goals.
The recent wave of repression against Russian civil society, independent media, and democratic opposition is the flip side of the same coin. In recent years, the Putin system has increasingly evolved into a dictatorship that barely hides behind a pseudo-democratic facade.
How should the West deal with a Russia that is increasingly repressive internally and aggressive externally? Are the countermeasures taken so far sufficient to contain the Kremlin’s neo-imperial ambitions? Are our societies ready to bear the cost of joint European security? How can we isolate Russia politically and economically and still cooperate with Russian civil society?
- Michael Roth, Chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, SPD
- Roderich Kiesewetter, Spokesman for Crisis Prevention, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag
- Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, Chair of the Bundestag Defense Committee, FDP
- Agnieszka Brugger, Deputy Chairwoman of the Green Party parliamentary group in the Bundestag
Moderation: Ralf Fücks, Center for Liberal Modernity
Change of Perspective
- Pavlo Klimkin, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (online)
- Daniel Fried, Atlantic Council
- Svitlana Zalishchuk, Foreign Policy Advisor to a Deputy Prime-Minister of Ukraine, former Member of Parliament
Moderation: Ambassador Boris Ruge, Vice-Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
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Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and German throughout the evening. The German program can be found on russlandverstehen.eu
This event is held in cooperation with the Munich Security Conference. It concludes the Center for Liberal Modernity’s annual international conference “Russia and the West”
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