Russia in the Middle East: EU & Israeli perspectives



Monday, 26   September

19.00               Roundtable Dinner


Dr. Werner Puschra, Director of FES Israel

Keynote speech:

MK Ksenia Svetlova, Zionist Camp


Dr. Roby Nathanson, General Director, Macro Center for Political Economics

Tuesday, 27 September

10.00-10.30     Gathering and registration

10.30-10.50     Greetings

                        Dr. Werner Puschra, Director of FES Israel

                        H.E Lars Faaborg-Andersen, Head of the Delegation of the European union to

                           the State of Israel

SESSION I: The geopolitical impact of Russia‘s intervention in Syria on Israel-EU relations Chair: Dr. Roby Nathanson, Director, Macro Center for Political Economics, IEPN Coordinator


10.50 – 11.10  Keynote speech

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, Executive Director of Tel Aviv University Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)

11.10 – 11.50  Inputs from a EU perspective (based on policy paper)

Dr. Margarete Klein, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, German Institute  for International and Security Affairs, Berlin

11.50 – 12.00  Comment from an Israeli perspective

                        Elizabeth Tsurkov, Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking

12.00 - 12.40   Discussion

SESSION II:The impact of Russia on regional cooperation and future political developments in the Middle East Chair: Dr. Rem Korteweg, Centre for European Reform, IEPN Coordinator

12.40– 13.00   Input from an expert (based on policy paper)

                        Prof. Eyal Zisser, Vice Rector of Tel Aviv University

13.00 - 13.20   Input from an Israeli perspective

Orit Svetlana ​Zuaretz, former Member of Knesset and regional socio-economic development consultant 

13.20 – 13.40 Comment from a EU perspective

Krassimir Nikolov, Deputy Head of Unit – Middle East, European union External Action Service

13.40 – 14.10  Discussion

14.10 – 14.50  Light buffet

Session III:Increase in EU-Russia tension/Increase in Israel-Russia friendship – What does it mean?Chair:  Mr. Jan Busse, University of the Bundeswehr München, IEPN Coordinator

14.50-15.10 Keynote:

MK Robert Ilatov, Yisrael Beitenu Parliamentary Group Chairman,

 Member Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee

15.10 – 15.30  Input from a Russian expert

                        Nikolay Surkov, MGIMO University Moscow

15.30 – 15.50  Inputs from a EU Perspective

                        Kati Piri, Member of the European Parliament, Socialists & Democrats

15.50 – 16.10  Comment from an Israeli Perspective

                                    Alexander Ben Tzvi, Ambassador, Euro Asian Division, Israeli Ministry of        Foreign Affairs                                     


16.10 - 16.30 Discussion and conclusion of the conference