• 27 March 2014

    Public Program | Aspen Brown Bag Lunch: "Russia and the Ukraine – A Challenge for the West"

    Dr. Jackson Janes of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) called for leadership from Europe, in particular from Germany, to secure the heritage of peace on the continent. The dispute between Russia-critics and pro-Russia actors was hindering a credible consensus. Sofia Onufriv, a Euro-Maidan activist, emphasized that students had originally initiated the protests on Maidan – opposition parties had only joined in later. The people who fought for European values and lost their lives should not be forgotten, she added. Dr. Ewald Böhlke of the DGAP first talked about the precarious condition of the Russian economy. Moreover he explained that increased patriotism was an answer to diverging and conflicting interests within the society. Concerning the current situation of Ukrainian people, he said that they primarily needed to experience tangible results, e.g. jobs and a stable economy. The discussants, among them the Ukrainian Ambassador H.E. Pavlo Klimkin, concluded that a new form of international cooperation was needed to pave the way for stable intergovernmental relations in the future. Most importantly, the international community should develop new binding and enforceable agreements. Otherwise, the current world order would be in danger.