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Business and Government in Emerging Europe Study Group


This Study Group explores the nexus between business and government in Central and Eastern Europe. It highlights the interwoven political and business interests across this region. For example, it considers the issue of energy security of Eastern Europe as a region situated between Russia and the Middle East, and the increased involvement of new political forces and business interests from the Far East in CEE economic activity.

From Hard to Soft Power: Public Service and Civic Engagement in the Age of Geopolitics, Religious Strife, Democratic Discontent and Propaganda
April 11, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Mario Nicolini – Director, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Slovakia; Former Advisor to the Minister of Defense, Slovakia; Consultant, McGuireWoods LLP, Washington, DC
Forced Migration in the Mediterranean: EU and South European States' Perspectives and Strategies
October 7, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Panayotis J. Tsakonas – Professor of International Relations, Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes
Managing National Security Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe
September 28, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Rokas Masiulis – Minister of Energy, Republic of Lithuania
  • Stefano Spaggiari – CEO of Expert System, Italy
  • Haim Assa – Head of SIMLAB - Strategic war and simulations unit, Israel
  • Lucio De Michele – Head of the Office for International Security and Strategic Political and Military Issues, Government of Italy
  • Andras Simonyi – Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
  • Sander Lleshi – National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Albania
Investing in National Security Through Veterans Affairs: Examples from Southeast Europe
April 28, 2015
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Predrag Matic – Minister for Veterans' Affairs (2011), Cabinet of Zoran Milanovic, Republic of Croatia
  • Bojan Glavasevic – Assistant minister in charge of Legal Affairs and Veteran Housing, Republic of Croatia
A Conversation with the Slovenian Finance Minister - Slovenia from Transition to Post Crisis Period
April 21, 2015
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Dušan Mramor – Minister of Finance, Republic of Slovenia
Europe and Russia, Quarrels in a Longstanding Marriage? An Evaluation of the EU-Russia Gas Business
March 2, 2015
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Marcel Kramer – Former Chief Executive Officer of South Stream Transport, Gazprom
CANCELLED: Sustaining an Urbanizing Planet: Managing Environmental Impacts and Challenges in Europe
February 26, 2015
3:15pm - 5:00pm
  • Robert Friedland – Founder and Executive Chairman, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (formerly Ivanplats Limited)
Energy Security in Europe: The Role of Lithuania in the Broader Eastern European Context
February 23, 2015
3:15pm - 5:00pm
Inflated Threats: The Eurozone Crisis and the Challenges Going Forward Inflated Threats: The Eurozone Crisis and the Challenges Going Forward
November 17, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
The Political Economy of Monetary Solidarity The Political Economy of Monetary Solidarity
October 29, 2014
12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Waltraud Schelkle – Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics
Energy, Peace, and Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean Energy, Peace, and Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean
October 16, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Michael Leigh – Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund
  • Marina Ottaway – Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Brenda Shaffer – Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)
  • Moderated by Elizabeth H. Prodromou – Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution , The Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University and Payam Mohseni – Iran Project Director and Fellow for Iran Studies, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

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