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Nov 18

The Eastern Partnership’s Association Agreements with the European Union

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has occasionally behaved as a “big brother” towards its neighbors. Moscow does not hesitate, however, to bully its younger “siblings” – Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova – when they “misbehave” or, in other words, attempt to act as truly independent states. For two decades these neighbors have had nowhere to hide. Recently, several of these countries, such as Ukraine and Moldova, have finally received a chance to break partially free from the Russian bear hug. They have opted for a closer integration with the West by choosing to sign an Association Agreement and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. A signing ceremony is scheduled for November 28-29 in Vilnius, Lithuania, when, as EU president country, Lithuania hosts the Eastern Partnership Conference. Through its own integrative structures, however, Russia still seeks to forge economic and political alliances to counterbalance the influence of the United States, the European Union, and China, not to mention the influence of transnational Islamism in this post-Soviet space. American policymakers need to realize that the United States has a vested interest in the territorial integrity and sovereignty of these Eastern European countries as well as their integration within Europe.

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Panel 1

H.E. Archil Gegeshidze, Ambassador to the United States from Georgia
H.E. Oleksandr Motsyk, Ambassador to the United States from Ukraine
H.E. Zygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador to the United States from Lithuania
H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador to the United States from Azerbaijan
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

Panel 2
Peter Doran, Director of Research, Center for European Policy Analysis
Gia Janderi, Vice-President, New Economic School - Georgia, and Board Member, Geostat
Marik String, Associate, WilmerHale, and former Senior Professional Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Ted Bromund, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)


Keynote Remarks by
Ambassador Kurt Volker, Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership

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