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With[out] Russia
Impacts of the war against Ukraine on the international and European order


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It has been more than one year that Russia, on 24 February 2022, embarked on its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. With European and American support, the Ukrainians have been successfully defending themselves against unrelenting attacks for a year, but there is still no end in sight. Moscow's aggression has left the post-1989 European order teetering. For the moment, cooperation, whether in security policy, trade policy, or the energy sector, is imaginable only without or against Russia. At the same time, Russia has still a say in many international organisations, above all as one of the five veto powers in the Security Council. It remains a partner for several countries of the Global South and has an impact on world food supplies e.g. through the Black Sea grain deal.

In Europe, a new orientation in relations towards Russia had already begun before the full-scale attack on Ukraine. Different historical experiences and deeply rooted images of Russia have been competing with one another in shaping visions for a future order in Europe and beyond.

The German Embassy in Prague, the Charles University of Prague, and the German Society for East European Studies invite you to a Czech – German discussion about the reorientation in relations towards Russia and Ukraine and the impact it will have on the European and international order.

Panel I:

“Zeitenwende” in the relations to Russia and Ukraine from a Czech and German perspective

Ralf Fücks, Founder and managing partner of the Zentrum Liberale Moderne in Berlin
Daniela Kolenovská, Head of the Department of Russian and East European Studies, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague

Moderator: Vladimir Handl, Charles University Prague


Panel II:

European policies towards Russia with a view to the future international and European order

Matthias Lüttenberg, Director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jaroslav Kurfürst, Head of the European Section at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Michal Romancov, Publicist and lecturer at the Faculty of Social Science, Charles University, and at the Metropolitan University, Prague

Moderator: Zuzana Lizcová (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague)