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Politics of Memory: Broken narratives, blind spots and ways of moving forward together


While the world commemorates 75 years since the end of the World War II, European history resembles a broken mirror. Nations on the continent are contesting for their visions of the past and the role they played in it. As a consequence, the historical memory falls victim to numerous manipulations in the name of geopolitical interests. How can we start détente on historical memory? Is a unifying image of the past possible and reachable? What should experts and civil societies do to promote an open discussions on our common past?

This event is co-hosted by the European Leadership Network (ELN) and the Younger Generation Leaders Network (YGLN).


Date, Time & Location

  • 13th May 2020
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. CEST
  • Location: Facebook. Please follow the link, the event will be live-streamed

Welcome Remarks

Rt. Hon. Lord BROWNE OF LADYTON | Chair of the ELN, former UK Defence Secretary


Gesine SCHWAN | Political Science Professor, Germany
Pavel KANEVSKIY (YGLN) | Associate Dean, Professor of Political Science at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Sociology
Ivan JOVANOVIC | Chief Technical Advisor, UN Regional War Crimes Project
 Izabella TABAROVSKY | Senior Program Associate, Kennan Institute a the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
Marco SIDDI (YGLN) | Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland


Julia BERGHOFER (YGLN) | Policy Fellow, European Leadership Network

Closing Remarks

Robert E. BERLS | Senior Advisor for Russia and Eurasia, Nuclear Threat Initiative



What happened to Europe’s security

– and how to fix it?

The European Leadership Network (ELN), the Younger Generation Leaders Network (YGLN) and the French Embassy in Germany are delighted to host a panel discussion on “What happened to Europe’s security – and how to fix it?”. The event will be followed by a drinks reception and buffet. 

Date, Time & Location

    • Monday 24 June, 19:00-21:30, French Embassy (Visitors entrance, Wilhelmstraße 69, 10117 Berlin)
    • Doors open and registration from 18:30
    • 19:00 Welcome remarks, French Embassy and European Leadership Network
    • 19:15-20:45 Panel discussion
    • 20:45 Reception & buffet


  • Dr. William H. Hill, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, DC; former Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova
  • Lieutenant General (ret.) Heinrich Brauß, Former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning
  • Dr. Claudia Major, Senior Associate, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin
  • Dr. Sergey Utkin, Head of Strategic Assessment Section, IMEMO Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • Moderator: Alena Epifanova, Program Officer, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, and Central Asia, DGAP, Berlin 

Please bring your ID or passport and allow for enough time for the security control. RSVP until June 20 to [email protected]


West-Russia relations are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Nuclear rhetoric is increasing and EU members have yet to come up with a new approach to Russia. Meanwhile, members of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) face internal conflicts and fatigue over carrying out reforms. William Hill, Heinrich Brauss, and Oksana Antonenko (TBC) will join us to discuss the current state and future of West-Russia relations in times of fundamental crisis. They will address, amongst others, the following questions: How can NATO and Russia re-invigorate critical communication channels? What are effective risk reduction measures and how to implement enhanced military-to-military exchange? Can we still identify common security interests and how can we use them to renew cooperation in the fields of e.g. arms control, cyber, counter-terrorism?

The debate will be on-the-record and held in English. Please note that photos and/or videos may be taken during the event.