EAST OF EDEN – UKRAINE, MOLDOVA, GEORGIA: HOW FAR IS THE EU WILLING TO GO?
OANA POPESCU-ZAMFIR & THOMAS DE WAAL IN CONVERSATION WITH IVAN VEJVODA
SAMSTAG, 1.10. 2022 / 17h00,
AKADEMIE DER BILDENDEN KÜNSTE WIEN, SITZUNGSSAAL
Russia’s war on Ukraine has brought a dramatic end to the certainties and assumptions of the recent past. The security and stability of Europe, and indeed the whole world, is threatened. The invasion has prompted a robust and wide-ranging response from both the EU and the US. The EU accession process launched for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia could be a major factor in resolving the chronic instability that the Kremlin has created or encouraged for its own purposes. But is the EU truly willing to support these countries and defend their freedom? In conversation with IVAN VEJVODA, IWM Permanent Fellow and head of the Europe’s Futures program, policy adviser OANA POPESCU-ZAMFIR and journalist THOMAS DE WAAL will discuss the possible implications of the EU’s role as a global actor.
/ In English
Thomas de Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, resident in London. His four books about the Caucasus include The Caucasus: An Introduction (second edition 2018), Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (2015) and Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (second edition 2013). From 2010 to 2015, de Waal worked for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. In the 1990s he worked as a journalist, primarily in Russia.
Oana Popescu-Zamfir is the director and founder of GlobalFocus Center, an independent foreign policy and security think tank. She is a Europe’s Futures Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM), an associate researcher with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and a fellow of the Agora Strategy Institute. She was state secretary for EU affairs in the Romanian government and foreign policy adviser to the then-president of the Romanian Senate, Mircea Geoana, who is currently NATO deputy secretary general. Popescu-Zamfir focuses on geopolitics in the EU/NATO neighborhood, transatlantic relations, global political risk and strategic analysis, shifting models of governance, democratization and democratic resilience, and hybrid threats (especially influence operations).