The March 2014 annexation of Crimea has raised tensions between the 'West' and Russia, with the EU having to play a key role in the situation. Did the EU adopt the right strategies? With: Ulrich Schneckener, Aaron Matta and Wolfgang Wagner.
The EU, along with other Western powers, has applied sanctions on Russia in retaliation for their involvement in the conflict, and support has been given to pro-democracy supporters in Ukraine. However, conflict is still raging in parts of the country, which threatens to break into two.
The Ukraine case raises many questions for EU external action: was the EU Neighbourhood Policy the most appropriate tool for dealing with Ukraine? Has the EU failed to deal appropriately with the fact that the Ukraine is on the borderline between the EU and Russia? Do sanctions work against the (natural resource) might of Russia? What implications are there for other countries that are divided on their wish to join the EU? Now with the Juncker Commission explicitly stating that there are no plans to enlarge the Union until 2019, what scope does the EEAS have in dealing with these countries?
The speakers at this event will come together to analyze the conflict in Ukraine and discuss what the EU can and should do in response to this challenge.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener is professor of International Relations/Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Isnabrück/Germany and Director of its Centre for Research on Democracy and Peace. He holds a PhD from the University of Bremen.
Dr. Aaron Matta is a Senior Researcher in the Rule of Law Program at the Hague Institute for Global Justice. He holds a PhD from European University Institute (EUI) and an LL.M from MGIMO University in Moscow.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner (moderator) is chair in International Security at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and co-leader of the theme “Europe and the World” within the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS Europe)
Ulrike Hauer joined the European Commission's Support Group for Ukraine in September 2014. From 2004 to 2012 she was posted at the EU's Delegations to Ukraine and to Turkey. At the European External Action Services, and the European Commission, she held various positions in the area of external relations and trade.