China and Russia in the EU’s Neighbourhood: A Threat for Integration and Democracy?
08:30Registration of the participants
09:00Opening remarks by
Ms Sabina Woelkner, Program Director, Multinational Development Policy Dialogue, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Brussels
Dr Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre, Brussels
10:00Panel 1: Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova: Springboard for Russian and Chinese influence at the EU’s backdoor?
Mr Dirk Schuebel, Head of Division, Russia, European External Action Service, Brussels
Prof Joseph Cheng, Retired Professor of Political Science, City University of Hong Kong
Dr Sergej Utkin, Head of Strategic Assessment Section, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Dr Siarhei Bohdan, Associate Analyst, Ostrogorski Centre, Minsk
Dr Anaïs Marin, Assistant Professor and Marie Curie Fellow, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw
Moderation: Mr Stephan Malerius, Deputy Head Finance and Project Management, former KAS Director Belarus, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin
12:00Panel 2: The Caucasus: Can China make inroads in Russia’s backyard? Georgia as new East-West hub?
Ms Irina Guruli, Deputy Director, Economic Policy Research Center, Tbilisi
Ms Tinatin Tsertsvadze, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), Brussels
Dr Alexandra Yatsik, Visiting researcher, Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, Warsaw
Ms Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Center, Brussels
Moderation: Ms Sabina Woelkner, Program Director, Multinational Development Policy Dialogue, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Brussels
14:30Panel 3: The Western Balkan: Trojan horses in the EU?
Mr Clive Rumbold (tbc), Deputy Head, Division: Western Balkans, European External Action Service, Brussels
Mr Momčilo Radulović, President, European Movement in Montenegro
Dr Fotini Bellou, Assistant Professor for International Relations, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia
Dr Igor Rogelja, Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Florence
Mr Matej Šimalčík, Research Fellow, Institute for Asian Studies, Bratislava
Moderation: Dr Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre
16:00Conclusions by Dr Fraser Cameron
16:30End of conference