Daniel Shapiro attended Brown University as an undergraduate, receiving bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Slavic Studies in 2018. He then began his studies at Harvard University, where he received a master’s degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2020. His research has largely focused on U.S.-Russian relations and the Caucasus: he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Ramzan Kadyrov’s post-war reconstruction of Chechnya and his graduate thesis on the views of young Russian Americanists on the future of U.S.-Russian relations. Daniel has also worked for Harvard Kennedy School’s Russia Matters Project and the European Leadership Network, and has been living in Yerevan, Armenia on a Fulbright research grant since Spring 2021. Daniel is also a Fellow at the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum.
Content by Daniel Shapiro
The YGLN annual gathering: An invaluable venue for dialogue between young leaders from Russia and the West
In this critical period, the ELN’s Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) held its annual gathering from 13-16 June in Switzerland, sponsored by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Members met with the French and Norwegian Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Office in Geneva, as well as representatives from the Swedish, German, and Dutch Missions and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).
The ELN’s Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) has intensified its convening since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has held weekly meetings, every one of which has been attended by Ukrainians, Russians, other Europeans and Americans alike. Through these meetings, all parties involved have engaged in fruitful and frank dialogue and have retained their commitment to engagement even in the toughest of times. Below, we discuss some key takeaways from our first three months of meetings.
Over the past weeks, the ELN has convened network members from across wider Europe in a series of private conversations to gain a better understanding of the factors driving the current crisis and the options for its resolution. This is a summary of some considerations offered by Ukrainian participants during these conversations.