Changing the Regional Order – EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood in the Light of Russia’s Aggression

22 March 2023
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The Western Balkan region on the European card
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Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves across the EU's Eastern neighbourhood. It has led to security concerns, challenged trade connections, undermined energy flows, and impacted migration dynamics. The war is changing the security and geopolitical balance in the entire post-Soviet region, and third powers like Turkey, Iran, and China are becoming increasingly active in the region.

This event intends to take stock of various ramifications of the war for the EU's Eastern neighbourhood. We will discuss how the war re-ordered geopolitics and geoeconomic in the region. We will analyze how the security situation is changing and how it impacts on the protracted conflicts. All this leads to the questions how the contours of a future regional order will look like and what role the EU is able and willing to play in sharpening it. This event is organized with the European Union Institute for Security Studies.

Stefan Meister, Head, Center for Order and Governance in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Sinikukka Saari, Research Director, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
Stanislav Secrieru, Senior Analyst, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)

Susan Stewart, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

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