The fourth thematic platform will focus on key challenges of the global and European security, threat assessment and deliberation of policy responses.

Russian Military aggression in Georgia (2008) and Ukraine, as well as annexation of Crimea (2014) challenged post-Cold War European security architecture. Dynamics of crises on Europe’s southern and eastern flank, coupled with the inflow of migrants and increasing terrorist threat had a negative impact on regional security environment. The panel discussions will stress the importance of Euro-Atlantic strategic partnership and intensified cooperation between allies and partners in response to current challenges.

Russia’s aggressive policy for the establishment of the new world order put forward the supremacy of force and demonstrated the vulnerability of small states. Economic leverages are seen in the West as the key instrument to deter such actors. The panel participants will discuss the effectiveness of economic sanctions and the implications of Russia’s aggressive policy for the Eastern Partnership perspectives.