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The Ukraine Crisis:   

a Break-Out from the post-Cold War order?

    A GCMC Outreach Networking Event

21st of May 2015

17h00 - 21h00



When in November 2013 the then Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych rejected to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, few experts expected this would eventually result in a serious crisis. However, the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who demonstrated in favor of their country’s European future on the streets of Kiev during the Euromaidan-driven revolution have changed history. Not only were they protesting against a highly corrupt regime, but they unequivocally made a strategic choice for the future of their young republic: European integration and allegiance to Western democratic values. This strategic choice was perceived as a national security threat by Moscow, which responded in an asymmetric manner by taking steps to annex Crimea and instigate an armed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine. The West has reacted to these measures by imposing economic and political sanctions against Russia, whilst, at the same time, supporting a negotiated solution to the conflict .


Does the Ukrainian crisis represent a permanent break-out from the post-Cold War international order? Is it a mark of the advent of a geopolitical competition, in which Realpolitik takes the place of cooperative security in the development of the Eurasian space? If so, what steps should the West take to recalibrate its long-term approach to Russia? Are EU- and US-Russian relations doomed to a zero-sum game? What would entail an effective Western strategy to address the hybrid threats to the  security of Europe, and, more broadly, the Euro-Atlantic community? Are the EU and the US able to shore up the security of Ukraine at the present and in a long-term perspective? What should the EU – currently reviewing its neighbourhood strategy – do to minimize the negative impact of the crisis on  its  other Eastern partners? 




16h30    Registration and coffee

17h00    Introduction

               Captain (BEL Army) Lars SCRAEYEN - Founding Member - Belgian GCMC International Alumni Association 

17h10    Key Note Adress

               Mr Mark STORELLA - Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Belgium

17h30    Panel and Q&A

               Mr Yehor BOZHOK - Deputy Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO 

                 Professor Graeme HERD - Professor of Transnational Security Studies - The George C. Marshall European Center for                Security Studies

               Dr Rafal DOMISIEWICZ - US-Canada Division - European External Action Service - GCMC Alumnus

               Dr Svitlana KOBZAR - Head of International Affairs Department   - Vesalius College

               Moderated by George-Vlad NICULESCU - Head of Research - The European Geopolitical Forum (Brussels)  - GCMC                Alumnus

19h00    Closing Remarks

               Lieutenant-Colonel Heino MATZKEN - Defence Attaché - German Embassy

19h10    Networking Reception




Participation is open to GCMC alumni and guests sponsored by alumni (1 guest per sponsor) or on invitation.

Pre-Registration is mandatory. Guests need to register separately mentioning their sponsor's name.

Dresscode: Business attire or military uniform.


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