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HARVARD BLACK SEA RECURITY PROGRAM - 2016

Dates: 23 March: Arrival & informal icebreaker

24-25 March Conference

26 March Cultural Program

 

Venue: Gagarin Hotel http://gagarinn.com/en/

 

Rationale: As global tensions rise with terrorist threats and hybrid warfare afflicting Eurasia, The Middle East and Europe and with the Russian occupation of Crimea, the Black Sea Region is once again at the epicenter of centrifugal geopolitical forces. Particularly, the stability and development of the Ukrainian region of Odesa is determinant for the proliferation of international cooperation and peace in the future.

 

Cross-border and existential threats resulting from transnational organized crime, corruption and strategic separatism stand to hinder constructive cooperation aimed at international development and cooperation. In order to identify the best way forward it is necessary to identify the key threats facing the region – those emanating from it as well as external situations and forces affecting its stability.   Simultaneously, it is equally important to address the positive developments taking place in the region, the investments being made as well as the opportunities for economic, socio-political improvements and growth which are ready for development and will promote international cooperation, stability and peace. 

 

For this reason, a 2-day top-level international conference in Odesa is being organized for 24&25 March with a cultural component on the 26th.

 

Speakers: top-level international experts

Participants: members of the diplomatic community, politicians, business council representatives and scholars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 March – Arrival – Informal icebreaker hotel lobby 1930

 

24 March: Hard and Soft Power Security

 

0700 – 08300700 – 0830 Breakfast & Registration

 

 

0845-09100845-0910 press conference for opening speakers –moderator Tetyana Pushnova General Producer of Ukraine Today

 

0910-1000 – opening words

moderator- Dr. Lada Roslycky Director of Strategic Communications, Ukraine Today

 

0910-0915 Dr. Sergei Konoplyov – Director Harvard Black Sea Security Program

0915 –0920 Anatoly Urbansky – Chairman of the Odesa Regional Council

0920- 0940 H.E. Geoffrey Pyatt Ambassador of the United States of America

0940-1000 H. E. Yönet C. Tezel - Ambassador Turkey

 

after official opening (journalists exit & Chatham house rules apply)

 

Panel One – Geopolitical Situation in the Black Sea Region – A centrifugal security crisis? Chair: Ambassador of Turkey H. E. Yönet Can Yezel - Ambassador Turkey

 

1000 – 1030

 

An international vision for Odesa in light of Crimean annexation – Gov. Mikhail Saakashvilli

 

Analysis of Russian Geostrategic Policy: The Black Sea to Venezuela – Hanna Shelest, Editor-in-Chief, UA: Ukraine Analytica, Marshall Memorial Fellow'16

 

European Common Foreign and Security Policy & Ukraine –Lt. Col. Johan Huovinen – EU Delegation to Ukraine

 

Leadership in Middle East, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan – Amb. Frederic C Hof Resident Senior Fellow Atlantic Council Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

 

1030-1100 – Q&A Moderator Dr. Olin Oedekoven, President & CEO Peregrine Leadership Institute

 

1100-1130 coffee break

 

1130-1230 Panel Two – Security Cooperation in the Black Sea Region – successes & failures

Chair: Col. (ret) Colin Martin, Deputy Head of Ops. OSCE-SMM, SSR Consultant

                                                      

Lithuanian Experience of NATO membership – Vice-Minister of Defence Marijus Velička

 

Security Sector Reform in time of Conflict – lessons learned Philipp Fluri Deputy Director DCAF and Executive Director of DCAF Brussels

 

New Europe – Mediterranean to Baltic – Ihor Smeshko Ambassador-at-Large Advisor to the President of Ukraine

 

NATO: cooperation or disintegration?  - James Sherr Chatham House

 

1230-1330 – Q&A Moderator Dr. Gerlinde Niehus, Head, Engagements Section, NATO HQ Public Diplomacy Division

Lunch

 

1330 – 1430 Panel Three - Communication Messaging, Media & Reality

 

Chair – Dr. Lada Roslycky Director Strategic Communications Ukraine Today

 

 

1430 – 1530

 

An alternate view on cinema and propaganda - H.E. Gerardo Bugallo Ottone Ambassador of Spain

 

(Social) Media an instrument of hybrid war Peter Pomerantsev senior fellow at the Legatum Institute in London and the author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

 

Effects of Russian soft power operations in Europe – Francisco de Borja Lasheras – European Council of Foreign Relations

 

Alliance StratCom – on target? Dr. Gerlinde Niehus, Head, Engagements Section, NATO HQ Public Diplomacy Division

‎Head, Engagements Section, PD

1530-1600 Q&A Moderator David Kramer Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute for International Leadership

 

1600-1630 coffee break

 

 

Panel Four - Separatism & War

1630-1730 Chair: General Tad Oelstrom

 

Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine the way forward for the OSCE – Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Mr. Alexander Hug

 

The new type of "frozen" (conserved) conflict, aspects observed in Ukraine, comparative with other conflicts in the Black Sea area. Vladimir Socor Jamestown Foundation

 

Transdniestria – Alexander Stoianoglu, ex Head of National Security Committee of Moldovan Parliament

 

A view from Georgia –Gela Bezhuashvili, Former Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs Georgia

 

1730-1800 Q&A Moderator Dr. Gerlinde Niehus, Head, Engagements Section, NATO HQ Public Diplomacy Division

 

 

2000 Dinner (hotel ) Key Note Speaker – David Kramer Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute for International Leadership

 

 

25 March International Economic Development & Cooperation

 

Panel One –International Economic Development & Cooperation

 

0900– 1000 Chair: George Woloshyn Inspector General, FHFB (ret.) Former Director of National Preparedness USA

 

Deputy Minister of Finance Deputy Minister Artem Shevalyev Keynote speaker

 

European Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement an instrument of hope and development from Odesa’s perspective - Dr. Péter P. BALÁSConseiller Hors Classe Special Adviser to the Director General DG TRADE

 

Agriculture Ukraine’s #1 export? – the world’s needs and Ukraine’s capacity to deliver- Pavlo Zhovnirenko Chairman of the Center for Strategic Studies, Kyiv

 

1000-1030 – Q&A Moderator - James Lindley Sr. Commercial officer USA

 

 

1030-1100 coffee break

 

 

Panel Two – Infrastructure

 

1100 – 1200 Chair: James Sherr Chatham House

 

Port systems and water ways – Alexandr Urbansky Member of Ukrainian Parliament

 

Paving the way for a more secure common future in the Danube Region: EU Danube Strategy and Ukraine Igor Studennikov Executive Dir. Center for Regional Studies, Odessa

 

Roads and Railways – development routes that cannot be failed – Head of Odesa Regional Railways Hryhoriy Boiko

 

Public-Private Partnership Development – Tetiana Iefymenko President of Academy of Financial Management

 

1200-1230 – Q&A Moderator Ambassador of Lithuania H.E. Marius Janukonis

 

Lunch

1230 – 1330

 

Panel Three – Energy, Security and Cooperation

1330 – 1430 Chair: Dr. Sergei Konoplyov, Director Harvard Black Sea Security Program

 

 

Energy – electricity, gas, oil and new ways forward Anatoliy Urbansky Chairman of Odesa Regional Council

 

Pre-Danube (Bessarabia) case study – Izmail Electricity dependence through Transdniestria Andrei Abramchenko Mayor of Izmail

 

Investments in energy security - a strategic imperative" Dr. Cornelius Granig, Partner, K-Advisors

 

New energy solutions to old energy problems –TBD

 

1400-1430 Q&A Moderator: TBD

 

1430-1500 coffee break

 

 

Panel Four - Transnational Organized Crime and Cyberspace

1530-1630 Chair: Ihor Smeshko Ambassador at Large, Advisor to the President

 

The power of corruption – regional perspective local problems – George Woloshyn, Inspector General, FHFB (ret.) Former Director of National Preparedness USA

 

The effects of the post-Soviet Political-Criminal nexus in the United Kingdom – Ben Judah, Journalist, Author of Fragile Empire: How Russia fell in and out of love with Vladimir Putin

 

Cyber Espionage – Operation Armageddon and others – Lucas Kello Harvard Belfer Center Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

 

E-governance as a problem solver – successes and challenges Jordanka Tomkova, PhD Swiss E-governance Advisor E-governance for Accountability & Participation Program

 

1600-1630 Q&A Moderator Ambassador of Switzerland H.E. Guillaume Scheurer

 

 

2000 Dinner with Key note speaker – Ben Judah & documentary film screening

 

 

26 March – Cultural Program Organized by Odesa City Council


 


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