The Winter School dedicated to relations between Russia and countries of Eastern Europe took place in Novgorod

08 February 2019

Is it possible to continue cooperation between Russia and countries of Central and Eastern Europe or escalation of confrontation cannot be avoided? Current events in the region were discussed by participants of international youth Winter School ““Relations between Russia and Countries of Central and Eastern Europe: In Search for a New Format”, which took place on February 3-7 in Veliky Novgorod.

The event had been organized by of the Center for International and Regional Policy (CIRP) with the support of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Russian-Baltic Media Center, Russian-Polish Center for Dialogue and Understanding, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Russia, and Tempesto Group.

Post-graduates, Master’s degree and senior Bachelor’s degree students from top universities in Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia and Belarus participated in the event. During several days, the attendees were discussing opportunities for building a political dialogue, problems and prospects of mutually beneficial economic cooperation between Russia and countries of Central Europe as well associations of countries in the region, and issues of regional security.

The following experts in international relations presented to the participants: Shimon Kardash (researcher at the Center of Oriental Studies, Warsaw); Andras Ratz (Associate Professor of Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest); Frederick Labarre (coordinator of scientific consortium “Group on Stabilization in the Southern Caucasus”); Maxim Samorukov (Deputy Editor-in-Chief of, Moscow); Sergey Markedonov (Associate Professor of the Russian State University for the Humanities); Tomas Strazhai (senior researcher at the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava); Bartolomei Ostrovsky (coordinator of the European Association of Local Democracy Agencies, Wroclaw); Leonid Karabeshkin (Professor of the Euroacademy, Tallinn) and others.

During three working days, the participants were working on group projects under the guidance of political scientists, journalists and scientists from different countries. During the last day of the agenda, the groups presented positive and negative scenarios of development of Russia’s relations with the EU, NATO, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.