REDEMOS Mid-term Conference will be held in Chişinău, on June 7,2024!

We are excited to announce the REDEMOS Mid-term Conference on June 7, 2024, in Chişinău, Moldova. Stakeholders from the world of politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society and the think tank community will discuss three key questions:

  1. How have wars and conflict been impacting the EU’s eastern neighbourhood’s democratic pathway in recent years?
  2. How is EU democracy support action in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood perceived and what does the EU do to foster its image as a democracy promoter?
  3. How to conceive of the goals and actions of other external actors into the design and activities of EU democracy support in its eastern neighbourhood?

See the Conference’s Agenda below:

09:00-9:15 Registration

09:15-09:30 Opening and welcome
Dr Mădălina Dobrescu, Coordinator & Principal Investigator, REDEMOS, NTNU, Trondheim

09:30-10:00 Keynote speech by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Dorin Recean

10:00-11:30 Panel I: Democratic development in Eastern Europe in light of Russia’s war on Ukraine
Chair: Prof Dr Tobias Schumacher, Professor of European Studies, NTNU & Deputy Coordinator, REDEMOS, Trondheim & College of Europe, Natolin

  • Ion Guzun, Member of the Supreme Council Magistracy of the Republic of Moldova, Chişinău

  • Franak Viacorka, Chief Advisor of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, President-elect of Belarus & Head of the United Transition Cabinet

  • Arif Yunus, Azerbaijani author, historian, and human rights activist, Head of the Department of Conflict and Migration of the Institute of Peace and Democracy. (remotely).

  • Prof Dr Richard Youngs, Professor of International & European Politics, Warwick University & Senior Associate,Carnegie Europe, Brussels

  • Dr Iryna Solonenko, Programme Director, Ukraine, Center for Liberal Modernity, Berlin

  • Nino Dolidze, Executive Director, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), Tbilisi

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-13:00 Panel II: External images and self-perceptions of the EU, its actions and visibility in Eastern Europe
Moderator: Rikard Jozwiak, Europe Editor, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Prague

  • Natalia Gavriliţa, Member of The Supervisory Board, National Bank of Moldova & Former Prime Minister, Chişinău

  • H.E. Amb. JānisMažeiks, Head ofEU Delegationto Moldova, Chişinău

  • Dr Koba Turmanidze, President, Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC), Tbilisi

  • Prof Dr Tina Freyburg, Chair of Comparative Politics, University of St. Gallen

  • Ion Manole, Executive Director, Promo-Lex, Chişinău

13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15-14:45 Diagnosing political regime development in Eastern Europe through REDEMOS tools: the case of Moldova

  • Prof Dr Marianne Kneuer, Chair of Political Systems and Comparative Politics, TU Dresden

  • Dr Sergiu Buşcaneanu, Research Fellow, Chair of Political Systems and Comparative Politics, TU Dresden

14:45-16:15 Panel III: Beyond the EU: the role of other international actors in Eastern Europe and the return of geopolitics
Moderator: Dr Ragnar Weilandt, Research Fellow, REDEMOS, NTNU, Trondheim

  • H.E. Amb. Thomas Mayr-Harting, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-In-Office for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process& Member of the REDEMOS International Advisory Board

  • Dr Stanislav Secrieru, National Security Advisor to the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, Chişinău

  • Laura Hruby, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Moldova, Chişinău

  • Dr Mareike Ohlberg, Lead, Stockholm China Forum, GermanMarshall Fund, Berlin

  • Michaela Guerard Šimák, Head, NATO Liaison Office in the Republic of Moldova, Chişinău

16:15-16:30 Closing & end of conference
Dr Mădălina Dobrescu, Coordinator & Principal Investigator, REDEMOS, NTNU, Trondheim

16:30 End of event networking coffee


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