Euro-Atlantic Integration and Russia after September 11th


Hosted by the Euro-Atlantic Institute of International Integration Studies (EAI) of the Association to Unite the Democracies

 

Moscow - May 30-31, 2002

 

Summary

Since September 11th, the eventual integration of Russia into the Euro-Atlantic security system has become an objective of prime importance. Failure to find an enduring solution to Russia-West relations would most likely mean rising geopolitical tensions. While the "Atlantic-led system" of institutions is at the core of both the world security system and the world economic system, Russia can claim an essential role in reinforcing the security side of the system. Initially integrating Russia into the Euro-Atlantic security structure could pave the way for economic integration, which could in turn prove to be a crucial factor in reinforcing Russia's capacity to transform itself into a Western-oriented democracy with a market economy.

This conference sought to answer the difficult question whether the integration of Russia into Euro-Atlantic institutions would be feasible, and more importantly if it would be in mutual interests of both Russia and the West. The goal of EAI is to bring together academics researching international integration - especially the Euro-Atlantic area - and practitioners with experience in the field.

More specifically, the conference aimed:

1. To foster the development - among government policy advisors and academics - of a body of thought capable of serving the interests of both Russia and the West.

2. To lay the foundations for joint educational initiatives between Western and Russian institutions on the theme of Russia's cooperation and potential integration with the Euro-Atlantic world. Agreement on promoting teaching, research, analysis and studies of these issues in Russian universities and institutes, to be coordinated by a mixed Russia-West working group composed of representatives of think tanks and academic institutions - with a commitment to disseminate the results.

3. To go beyond the existing field of European integration studies to develop the field of Euro-Atlantic integration studies in Russia. This will be done by establishing the Russia-West working group as a venue for common work in the future, to continue facilitating public discussion, scholarly work and research in this field.

4. To support the work on joint educational initiatives by encouraging qualified Russian graduate students to apply for Frank Fund Grants administered by the Association to Unite the Democracies (AUD). This will help facilitate Russian academic work on assessing the mechanisms for Russia's integration into Western political, security and economic structures, including the examination of internal impediments to this process.

Panel chairs, speakers and transcripts

Welcoming Addresses (welcoming and keynote transcripts, in Russian)

  • Evgeny G. Yasin, Dean of the Higher School of Economics, former Russian Minister of the Economy

  • Rick Wicks, Board of Directors, Association to Unite the Democracies

  • Tiziana Stella, Director of the Euro-Atlantic Institute of International Integration Studies of the Association to Unite the Democracies

 

Keynote Speakers

  • Ambassador Robert Hunter, former US Ambassador to NATO, now at the RAND Corporation

  • Vladimir Lukin, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma and former Russian Ambassador to Washington

Panel 1: Jirii Pehe, Chair (transcript, in Russian)

  • Carlos Escudé, Professor of International Relations, Torcuato Di Tella University, Buenos Aires, and former Advisor to the Foreign Minister of Argentina (1991-92)

  • Vytenis P. Andriukaitis, MP, Deputy Chairman of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs

  • Ariel Cohen, Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

  • Sergei Markov, Director, Institute for Political Studies, Moscow

 

Panel 2: Charles Kupchan, Chair (transcript, in Russian)

  • Vladimir Baranovsky, Deputy Director, IMEMO (Institute of the World Economy and International Relations), Moscow

  • Ivan Rybkin, former Secretary, Russian Security Council

  • Lyubomir Ivanov, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria; President of the Manfred Worner Foundation, and Chairman of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria

  • Andrei Kortunov, Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation, and President, Public Science Foundation, Moscow

 

[Videoconference]

In Washington:

  • Strobe Talbott, former US Deputy Secretary of State, now President of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC

  • Dan Hamilton, until January 2001, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, currently Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, Washington DC in Moscow

  • Sergei Rogov, Director, Institute of the USA and Canada, Moscow

In Philadelphia:

  • William Anthony Hay, Executive Director, Center for the Study of America and the West, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia

In Kiev:

  • Hryhoriy Nemyria, Chair of European Integration at the Ukrainian Academy for Public Administration and Head, Board of the International Renaissance Foundation (a George Soros foundation)

 

Panel 3: Georgi Karasimeonov, Chair (transcript, in English)

  • Alexei Podberezkin, former deputy chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee

  • Jirii Pehe, former advisor to President Vaclav Havel, Czech Republic

  • Ira Straus, Fulbright Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Higher School of Economics, Mosco and US Coordinator of the Committee for Eastern Europe and Russia in NATO (CEERN)

 

Panel 4: Carlos Escude, Chair

  • Yuri Markovski, General Secretary, Social Democratic Party of Byelorussia

  • Charles Kupchan, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and Professor, Foreign Service and Government Department, Georgetown University

  • Michael Hewitt, NATO Information Office, Moscow

  • Tiziana Stella, Director, Euro-Atlantic Institute of International Integration Studies of the Association to Unite the Democracies

 

Political Working Group (transcript, in Russian):

  • Robert Nurick, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Chair

Research and Education Working Group:

  • Professor Arthur Demchuk, Moscow State University, Chair

 

Panel 5: Leonid Ionin, Chair

  • Alexei Bogaturov, Deputy Director of the Institute of US and Canada Studies (ISKRAN), Moscow

  • Gleb Pavlovski, Director, Effective Policy Foundation, Moscow

  • Yuri Borko, President of the Russian Association of European Studies and Director of the European Integration Department at the Institute of Europe, Moscow

  • Dmitri Furman, Director, Russia-Europe-CIS Center, Institute of Europe, Moscow

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