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

Intro­duc­tory remarks:

  • Pavlo Klimkin, former Min­is­ter of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (online)

Talk with:

  • 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

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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