The 2015 Seminar

The 2015 Seminar

The Implications of Russian Interventions for the Security of Europe and NATO’s Responsibilities

 

The central theme of the 2015 seminar was “The Implications of Russian Interventions for the Security of Europe and NATO’s Responsibilities.”
The seminar took place from 15 until 18 February 2015 at the Maritim Hotel in Königswinter, Germany.

Topics covered by this Seminar were:

  • Understanding Russian cultural values;
  • The implications of sanctions, given the Russo-European economic inter-dependency;
  • and the West’s potential political and military responses to Russia’s new status

Among others, the following speakers participated in the Seminar:

  • Dr Nicolai PETRO, Professor of Politics at the University of Rhode Island
  • Dr Arkadi MOSHES, Professor at Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and Chatham House
  • Dr Ralf ROLOFF, Professor at George C. Marshall Institute for Security in Europe
  • Brigadier General Patrick WOUTERS, Deputy Director Plans and Policy Division, NATO International Military Staff (IMS)
  • In addition, there were other speakers from: NATO Defence College (NDC), the American University in Paris, the Latvian Institute of Political Science and the Cicero Foundation, to name but a few.

 


 

In Detail: Russia’s Orthodox Soft Power

Foreign policy is determined by two variables: Interests one the one hand, and values on the other hand. Much has been written about the former with regard to Russia’s current foreign political stance – values, however, have not featured so prominently in many analyses, Professor Nicolai Petro claimed at the 2015 CIOR seminar.

The question of values is most prominently visible at the intersection of the Orthodox Church and the Russian state – and at the idea of the “Russky mir”, or Russian World. While many analysts consider this idea to bethe intertwining of church and state, it is often overlooked, Petro argued, that both sides actually interpret the term quite differently. Nonetheless, the close and symbiotic relationship between church and state is likely to continue to shape Russia’s future aspirations.


Professor Nicolai Petro – Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Click here to download Professor Petro’s Paper on Russia’s Orthodox Soft Power


 

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Impressions

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Professor Nicolai Petro
Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2014)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2014)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2014)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Courtesy of Henry Plimack (2015)

Testimonials

“It is great to bring CIOR and the business together so that both can learn from each other and the CIOR seminar provides an excellent opportunity.”

Jörg Andrioff

Senior Vice-President Global Network Management, DHL

“The participants in the seminar were outstanding in all respects. As a presenter, I appreciated their willingness to participate in a discussion with me, rather than just listening to my cyber lecture […]”

Captain Alfred R. Turner

USN, Military Professor, Joint Military Operations, US Naval War College

“[…] a timely and relevant ‘thinking forum’ that helps NATO professionals ask the right types of National Security questions, irrespective of specific discipline. A diverse group of NATO military professionals are now better equipped to tackle difficult disaster and contingency planning endeavors and directly impact Allied preparedness and resilience. It was a pleasure and honor to participate in CIOR Seminar.”

Colonel Joel Winton

USAFR, Chief, International Engagements, Pentagon

“[…] CIOR 2016 was both intellectually stimulating whilst also creating a spirit of camraderie. Indeed on both these counts I found my attendance at the conference extremely useful. Intellectual insights from the conference provided me with fresh impetus to finish a book on Islamic State […].”

Professor Hussein Solomon

Department of Political Studies and Governance, University of the Free State, Republic of South Africa

“A sign of an excellent workshop is when speakers learn as much from their audience as vice versa. This was my experience of the 2016 winter CIOR seminar in Bonn. […] It really rewards all participants.”

Associate Professor Andrew Mumford

School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

“I had the pleasure of participating in the 2015 CIOR Seminar in Koenigswinter […]. I have kept in touch with several of the participants since then, and can recommend this forum as one of the most valuable for the study of security issues in a European context.”

Professor Nicolai Petro

Department of Political Science, Washburn Hall, University of Rhode Island, USA

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