Conference Program

Euro-Atlantic Integration and Russia
after September 11

Program of Conference

hosted by the Higher School of Economics

Thursday May 30

9:00 - 10:00 Registration for the conference and working groups

10:00 - 10:20 Opening Session - Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Introduction of Keynote Speakers
  • Overview of the conference agenda and goals

10:20 - 11:20 Keynote Addresses

  • Ambassador Robert Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
  • Vladimir Lukin, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, former Russian Ambassador to the U.S.

11.25 - 12:25 Panel 1 - New Factors in Russia-West relations since September 11

  • To what extent have the events of September 11th changed the priorities in the enlargement and security aspects of the Euro-Atlantic area?
  • Would it be desirable at present for Russia to become a member of more of the Euro-Atlantic institutions? Under what conditions would this be in the mutual interests of Russia and the West?
  • Given the renewed priority of security concerns, is NATO the preferred institution for deepening cooperation between Russia and the West? Which other Euro-Atlantic institutions could serve for integration of Russia?
  • How can Russia-U.S.-Europe cooperation in the war against terrorism be most effectively institutionalized and carried out in Central and South Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East?

12:25 - 13:05 Discussion of Panel 1

13:05 - 14:20 Lunch Reception in the Professors' Club

14:20 - 15:20 Panel 2 - Russia and the Euro-Atlantic space (coffee available)

  • Russia's role in US-EU relations: common partner or wedge-driving element?
  • Is Russia a European or a Eurasian country? Is it possible for Russia to be European without also being "Atlantic" in the 21st century?
  • What are the most important security concerns that NATO expansion needs to address? Is gradual expansion eastward the best way to deal with these concerns, or are there other options that should be considered?
  • Could a transatlantic or OECD economic community provide a space for economic integration of Russia, or is Russia's best prospect in a continental European economic space?

15:20 - 16:00 Discussion of Panel 2

16:00 - 16:30 Bus to Baltshug Kempiski Hotel to attend the videoconference event & dinner reception (by invitation only)

17:00 - 20:00 Videoconference (with connections Moscow-Washington-Philadelphia)

17:00 - 17:40 Remarks by Strobe Talbott (in Washington, D.C.)

17:40 - 18:00 Discussion

18:00 - 18:40 Remarks by Sergei Rogov (in Moscow)

18:40 - 19:00 Discussion

19:00 - 19:20 Remarks by Daniel Hamilton (in Washington, D.C.)

19:20 - 19:40 Remarks by William Anthony Hay (in Philadelphia)

19:40 - 20:00 Discussion

20:00 - 22:00 Dinner Reception at the Baltshug Kempiski Hotel

Day 2: Friday May 31

10:00 - 11:00 Panel 3 - Widening and deepening the Euro-Atlantic structures of integration

  • EU: how far can it widen?
  • What are the prospects for Lord Robertson's call for "modernization" of NATO decision-making? Does a widening-deepening tension also arise in NATO?
  • How have the new Central European members affected NATO policy-making on cooperation with Russia?
  • Is there any kind of effective decision-making that would be feasible in a NATO that included Russia? What might a feasible and effective decision-making process look like, if so?

11:00 - 11:40 Discussion of Panel 3

11:45 - 12:45 Panel 4 - West-West and East-West

  • How does the development of West-West institutions - the change from intra-Western balance of power to intra-Western integration - affect East-West relations?
  • Is institutionalization of cooperation with the Western democracies needed to stabilize new democracies and assure peace with the old ones?
  • In order to improve research and education and to facilitate the work of policymakers, what kind of theoretical framework can the academic world develop to address the Euro-Atlantic institutions and their nexus with Russia?

12:45 - 13:25 Discussion of Panel 4

13:25 - 13:35 Introduction to working-groups' activities for the afternoon

13:35 - 14:30 Lunch in the Professors' Club

14:30 - 15:30 Working Groups

  • Political Working Group
  • Research and Education Working Group

15:30 - 16:00 Presentation of results by working-group coordinators

16:05 - 17:05 Panel 5 - Euro-Atlantic institutions and Russia

  • Is it possible and desirable for Russia to become part of the Euro-Atlantic set of institutions?
  • What are the main political, military, and economic aspects of integration that need to be considered?
  • What Euro-Atlantic institutions would be able to include Russia? Would they provide for integration of or cooperation with Russia?
  • Are Euro-Atlantic institutions adequate in their current form for including Russia? Or would elements in the current Euro-Atlantic institutions need restructuring in order to provide a Euro-Atlantic architecture that is both sturdy and open to Russia?

17:05 - 17:45 Discussion of Panel 5

17:45 - 18:00 Closing remarks

18:00 - 20:00 Dinner Reception in the Professors' Club, including Ceremonies to conclude the Russia-West Simulation

Simulation students and all conference participants are invited. Students will get a certificate of participation signed by official political figures.