Victor Pinchuk Foundation to Host the 4th Ukrainian Lunch on the Margins of the Munich Security Conference

12 February 2020

On February 15, 2020, Victor Pinchuk Foundation and Yalta European Strategy (YES) will host the 4th Ukrainian Lunch in Munich, titled “Ukraine – Moving Ahead” and organized on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. 

For about 15 years, the Foundation and YES have been organising the platforms to discuss Ukraine’s European future and global context. 

With a new Ukrainian leadership elected in 2019, reforms and economic transformation move forward, while a solution seems still elusive with regards to the conflict in the East, despite the first steps made. What are the main internal and external factors that will shape Ukraine’s policy in the years to come? And how will they impact on Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic perspective as well as on European security as a whole? World and Ukrainian leaders will address those questions and share their outlook on what lies ahead.

Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, will moderate the discussion. Among the speakers will be Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia; Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary General of NATO; Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defence of Sweden; Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania;  Stanislav Asieiev, Author of Radio Liberty.

Invited to the event also are: Francis Fukuyama, Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University; Victoria Nuland, Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group; Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director, Geopolitics of Energy Project, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Gwendolyn Sasse, Director, Centre for East European and International Studies; Radosław Sikorski, Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with the United States, EPP Parliamentary Group, European Parliament, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Member of the Advisory Council, Munich Security Conference, and others.

Selected leaders from politics, business, experts and media from Ukraine and the world will attend the event.

Watch the online streaming of the Ukrainian Lunch in Munich following the link.

For the fourth time, the Ukrainian Lunch in Munich will serve as a platform where global and Ukrainian decision makers discuss questions of Ukraine’s security and its implications for Europe and the international order. Among previous speakers were Chrystia Freeland, Robert Gates, Ben Hodges, Wolfgang Ischinger, David Lipton, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, David Petraeus, and Anders Samuelsen.

Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 500 senior decision-makers from around the world, including heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.

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Franco Frattini
Franco Frattini
President of SIOI; Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2008-2011), 15th YES Annual Meeting, 2018
«We extremely need political leadership if you want to see the European Union more proactive on a global scene.»