Valdai Club’s Sixth European Conference. Programme
Vienna, Austria
List of speakers

Programme of the European Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club in partnership with Austrian National Defence Academy, Institute for Security Policy (ISP) and Research Cluster for Polemology and Legal Ethics, University of Vienna. “All Together or Me First? How European Union and Russia See the Future of Multilateral Diplomacy”

Vienna, May 21st, 2019

National Defence Academy

9:00 – 9:15 Opening of the conference

  • Erich CSITKOVITS, Lieutenant General, Commandant of the National Defence Academy

  • Andrey BYSTRITSKIY, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

  • Markus TSCHANK, Member of the National Council of the Republic of Austria; President of the Institute for Security Policy (ISP)

9:15 – 09:30 Key note

  • Johannes PETERLIK, Secretary General in the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria

09:30 – 11:00 Panel session. Does Multilateral Diplomacy Have a Future? Views of Russia and the EU

Challenges to efficient multilateral cooperation in the modern world are so large-scale that many believe that this very model of interaction has finally collapsed. Egoism begins to dominate many spheres of international life. The “me first” principle first employed by the United States is becoming more widespread. Taking their cue from the United States, many countries begin to rely on unilateral measures instead of aspiring for a harmony of interests. And where it is declared as a goal, for example, in China’s international projects, an exacerbation of rivalry often takes place. Have we entered a new era of the “war of thrones” or is it just a new stage of turmoil, to be followed by a new model taking shape?

Moderator: Fyodor LUKYANOV, Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

Speakers:

  • Thomas GREMINGER, Secretary General of the OSCE

  • Alexander GRUSHKO, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

  • Konstantin KOSACHEV, Chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee on International Affairs

  • Johannes PETERLIK, Secretary General in the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria

  • Asle TOJE, Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute

  • Lassina ZERBO, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

11:00 – 11:30 Media Q&A

13:00 – 13:30 Speech of Alexander SHOKHIN, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Fyodor LUKYANOV, Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club 

13:30 – 15:10 Session 1. European Security Post Arms Control. The Threat to Peace and How to Oppose It

2018 was a watershed year for arms control and strategic stability. Two decisions of the Trump administration – to quit the “Iran deal” and the INF Treaty – in fact drew a line under the old model of relations in the nuclear sphere. What are they to be replaced with? Will the nuclear powers be able to adapt to the new situation the principles of mutual deterrence and strategic restraint that ensured peace in the Cold War era? What can this adaptation look like and what role can Europe play?

Moderator: Wolfgang PEISCHEL, Brigadier General, Editor-in-Chief of the Austrian Military Journal

Speakers:

  • Thomas GOMART, Director of French Institute of International Relations

  • Gunther HAUSER, Institute for Strategy and Security Policy, National Defence Academy

  • Sergey OZNOBISCHEV, Head of Sector on Military-Political Analysis and Research Projects, IMEMO RAS

  • Christian STADLER, Head of the Research Center for Polemology and Legal Ethics, University of Vienna | National Defence Academy

  • Mikhail ULYANOV, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna

15:10 – 15:30 Media Q&A

15:30 – 17:00 Session 2. Are Sanctions a New Global Regulator? Reducing the Collateral Damage of Economic Wars

The global economy is changing: protectionist trends are on the rise throughout the world, universal rules more and more often fall victim to selfish approaches and separate deals. Trade and economic wars (so-called sanctions) are becoming not only a method of political pressure, but also a way of transforming the economic reality in the interests of stronger actors. How will economic entities build their relations in an increasingly fragmented world? Are economic restrictions becoming the most efficient way of promoting one’s interests?

Moderator: Ivan KRASTEV, chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

Speakers:

  • Vasily ASTROV, Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche (wiiw)

  • Christof VAN AGT, Senior Energy Analyst, International Energy Forum

  • Stephan BARISITZ, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) 

  • Reinhard KRUMM, Head of Regional Office for Security and Peace in Europe, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

  • Kancho STOYCHEV, President of Gallup International Association (GIA)

  • Ivan TIMOFEEV, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Programme Director of the Russian Council of International Relations

17:00 – 17:25 Closing of the conference

  • Andrey BYSTRITSKIY, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

  • Erwin A. SCHMIDL, Head of the Institute for Strategy and Security Policy, National Defence Academy

17:25 – 17:40 Media Q&A