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Civil Society Under Russia’s Threat: Building Resilience in Ukraine
November 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
The National Endowment for Democracy is pleased to invite you to a presentation and discussion of Chatham House’s latest research paper, which assesses the state of resilience to Russian malign influence in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. The discussion will be held at the NED, 1025 F St, NW (8th Floor), on Wednesday, November 14, from 1:30-3:30pm.Furthering democratic transition, European integration, and state cohesion in Eastern Europe is vital for greater European security. Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, the western tier of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, are in a key struggle over their political and geostrategic future and the role of Russia in the region. As the Kremlin seeks to restore Russia’s great-power status, its goal is to keep these three countries from joining Europe and ensure that its influence remains predominate. Increasing awareness of the major vulnerabilities and strengths of Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus is essential for building resilience and greater knowledge can help them in devising effective responses to Russia’s influence. Strengthening institutions and societies in these countries against Russia’s malign influence will not only promote their democratic development and ties with Europe but also may constitute a viable strategy for a more secure cohabitation with the current Russian regime. Chatham House’s paper focuses on the top three vulnerabilities in each country and outlines responses from the state and civil society. It identifies opportunities that would allow them to more effectively manage crises, bolster resilience, and cope with Russia-made challenges. The paper delivers recommendations for the respective states and civil societies, as well as donors supporting civil society development in them. It proposes ways to better leverage resources and unlock the potential for civil society to contribute to increasing resilience against Russia’s negative influence. Please RSVP to Danny Anderson by COB Tuesday, November 12.