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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.