The IWP held the second meeting of the Strategic Discussion Club

The IWP held the second meeting of the Strategic Discussion Club

On 18th of February 2013, The Institute of World Policy held the second meeting of the Strategic Discussion Club.

The topic of discussion: "Europeanization as a security factor." The event was held under the support of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine and the Embassy of Norway in Ukraine.

During the meeting the following issues were discussed:

who can benefit from the European integration I the security field; what are the benefits of the European integration in terms of security for Ukraine; what is to be expected from the EU-Ukraine summit; can the EU become the new security umbrella for Ukraine?

Opening the session, Chair of the Supervisory Boardof the Institute of World Policy Viktor Shlinchak stressed that "the current meeting is taking place the the "aegis of Europe."

We are living in expectation of the EU-Ukraine summit, which will take place next week. And we are living with our common worries about the results of this summit. Especially in the context of still unimplemented 19 indicators (the so-called "Fule list"), standing on the way of signing an Association Agreement with the EU. "

The expert also observed that "today the processes making certain foreign policy decisions is primarily influenced by internal factors - financial instability in Ukraine, another political instability in the country, economic stagnation, and the start of the presidential campaign in 2015."

Among participants of the Strategic Discussion Club were deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration Iryna Berezhna (The Party of Regions), Valentyn Nalyvaichenko (UDAR), Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs James Sherr, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Finland in Ukraine Arja Makkonen, senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs Geir Flikke and Ukrainian experts in international relations.

The Strategic Discussion Club aims to create opportunities for meaningful regular public discussions on strategic issues of national security of Ukraine in an informal setting. Meetings of the Strategic Discussion Club are held every two months at the initiative of the Institute of World Policy and will focus on specific issues of national security.

The results of the series will be published in analytical papers. The choice of subjects for each meeting and the overall monitoring of the Strategic Discussion Club will be carried out by the Honorary Board.