Side Events

For LMC participants and invited guests only

All side events will take place in the conference centre of the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel

 

Friday, 17th May
15:00-16:30 Discussion NORDIC BALTIC SECURITY ARCHITECTURE
The significance of the Baltic Sea Region to European security has increased. The military-strategic situation in the region has deteriorated and the region has become less secure. The complexity and scale of the challenges at hand means that no European state can face them alone. The need for cooperation is greater than ever. Several actors have a significant role in contributing to the security in Northern Europe, and bilateral and multilateral cooperation are corner stones in building security together. As part of this the Nordic-Baltic cooperation keeps developing. What has been done so far and what are the next steps?
Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defence of Sweden, will join the discussion together with Artis Pabriks, the Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of Latvia, Ilkka Kanerva, Member of Parliament of Finland, and Sven Sakkov, the Director of the ICDS.
The discussion will be moderated by Riina Kaljurand, Policy Adviser at Policy Planning Department, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Friday, 17th May
15:00-16:30 Presentation of a book POST-CRIMEA SHIFT IN EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS: FROM FOSTERING INTERDEPENDENCE TO MANAGING VULNERABILITIES
The relationship between the EU and Russia is characterized by a considerable degree of interdependence. In the 1990s and 2000s, the EU’s approach to Russia was based on the expectation that economic ties and interaction in different fields would to contribute to regional stability and security and possibly even democratization of Russia. However, looking at the relationship today, one has to admit that the expected positive effects of interdependence have not materialized. Since 2014, the conflict over Ukraine and rise of geopolitical tensions have pushed Europeans to reassess their approach and put more emphasis on reducing the vulnerabilities created by mutual ties. Russia for its part has been keen to reduce its dependence on Europe, for instance in the financial sector or with regard to food imports.
The book explores mutual dependencies between the EU and Russia in a number of fields, including energy, trade, financial sector, defence industry, cross-border cooperation, and perhaps most importantly, security, and analyzes the perceptions, vulnerabilities, and ways to manage the ties on both sides.
The volume is edited by Kristi Raik, Director of Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (EFPI), and András Rácz, non-resident fellow of EFPI, and includes chapters authored by internationally renowned experts such as James Sherr, Kadri Liik, Igor Gretskiy, Stefan Meister, Anke Schmidt-Felzmann, Heli Simola, Rein Tammsaar and others.
The book is published by ICDS.
The project has been supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Saturday, 18th May
14:30-16:00 Presentation of a report STEPPING ON THE GAS: FUTURE OF THE BLUE FUEL MARKET AND ENERGY SECURITY IN ESTONIA
The Baltic region is making a significant progress in developing functioning regional natural gas market, expanding and integrating the related infrastructure, and ensuring the security of supply. However, there are multiple factors—at the national, regional, European and even global levels—that prevent this from becoming an ideal market capable of delivering greater security at a reasonable cost. Liquidity of the market is low due to falling consumption; state aid and state participation in energy enterprises disincentives private investments, diminish competition and distort market conditions, while geopolitical tensions between the West and Russia add further complications. The report considers the trends in natural gas sector and their implications to Estonia. It puts forward a number of recommendations on how to create and sustain the conditions necessary for efficient gas market and for improved energy security in Estonia.
The report will be presented by its author, Andrei V. Belyi, Adjunct Professor of at the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), and will be commented by Alan Riley, Professor of Law at the City Law School, City University, London.
Saturday, 18th May
14:30-16:00 Discussion DOES THE RUSSIAN SOCIETY LONG FOR A CHANGE? WHAT ROLE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY? WHAT ROLE FOR RUSSIAN ACTIVIST DIASPORE ABROAD?
Another Voices of Russia talk by the Open Estonia Foundation will discuss the possible scenarios and future strategies.
Sociological research shows that up to two-thirds of the population supports changes in Russia. But they are not necessarily the kind of changes that the democratic community likes to discuss, and the majority of those polled have no understanding of how their desired changes might come about.
Masha Gessen, author and journalist at The New Yorker will join the discussion together with Ekaterina Shulman, political scientist and Head of Center for legislative Studies at RANEPA, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and Leonid Volkov, politician, cofounder and chairman of Internet Protection Society. The event will be moderated by Artemy Troitsky, a Russian journalist, music critic, concert promoter, broadcaster and an academic.
The discussion will be held in Russian.