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Pulse of Ukraine: Back to the Future

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Wednesday 16 December 2020
16.00 – 18.00 Berlin Time

Welcome words:

Barbara-Maria Monheim, chair of the German-Polish-Ukrainian Society, Berlin

Michael Siebert, Director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Keynote speech:

Cyber Security: what is the threat, where is it coming from, and how can we protect our democracies?

Marina Kaljurand – Member of the European Parliament, former Foreign Minister of Estonia, and chair of the
Global Commission on the Stability of Cyber Security.

Panel 1:
Breaking the Gender Barrier

Have women finally broken the glass ceiling? From Europe to Asia, women are seen as the most trust-worthy political leaders in tackling the global pandemic.

As Angela Merkel steps down as German chancellor, Ursula von der Leyen is first woman to be president of the European Commission, Christine Lagarde the first woman to be president of the European Central Bank.

Kamala Harris has been elected the first woman to become vice-president in the US. 
Women are leading the pro-democracy movement in Belarus, and the pro-choice protests in Poland.

Can the new generation of women in power heal social divisions and help
restore faith in democracy?


Natalie Jaresko, member of the advisory board of the DSC, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, former Minister of Finance of Ukraine.

Katarzyna Kasia, university professor at the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Warsaw, and political commentator.

Daniela Schwarzer, chair of the advisory board of the DSC, Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.

Katsiaryna Shmatsina, associate analyst in the office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, research fellow at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies.

ModerationQuentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, London.

Thursday 17 December 2020
16.00 – 19.00 Berlin Time

Keynote speech:

What will the world (and Europe) look like after Covid-19?

Marek Belka, professor of economics, founding rector of the DSC,Member of the European Parliament, former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the Polish National Bank.

Panel 2:
Rebuilding the Power of Liberal Democracy

The global pandemic has reinforced the power of national governments, and weakened the role of populists. It has also seen new border controls, and an unseemly rush by rich countries to buy up new vaccines. Countries in transition are left at the back of the queue.

Has the pandemic opened the door to nationalism? How can we revive multi-national co-operation, and rebuild the power of liberal democracy? Can we heal the deep divisions
in our societies, and counter the effect of social media in driving voters to embrace conspiracy theories, fake news, and extremist politics?


Pawel Kowal, political scientist and historian, professor at the College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw) and the Polish Academy of Sciences, former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and member of the European and Polish Parliaments.

Natalie Nougayrede, editorial board member and columnist at the Guardian, former editor-in-chief at Le Monde.

Constanze Stelzenmüller, international relations analyst, journalist and Senior Fellow at the Centeron the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution.

Svitlana Zalishchuk, politician and journalist, former member of the Ukrainian Parliament, foreign policy advisor to Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration.

Moderation: Quentin Peel.

Panel 3:
Building the Future from Below – Women, Climate, and Religion


Rafał Dutkiewicz, DSC 2019-2020 Senior Fellow, Mayor of Wrocław (Poland) 2002 – 2018

Andreas Umland, DSC 2018-2019 Senior Fellow, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv.

Darina Dvornichenko, DSC 2019-2020 Ukrainian scholar, associate professor of the National University “Odesa Maritime Academy”, co-founder of the NGO “Agents of Change!”.

Vasil Navumau, DSC 2019-2020 Belarusian scholar, postdoc researcher at Uppsala Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies and editor of Belarusian web-based journal

Anastasia Pociumban, DSC 2018-2019 Moldovan scholar.

Moderation: Niclas Rüffer, DSC 2019-2020 Senior Fellow, research fellow at Mannheim University, technical advisor at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Closing Address: Anka Feldhusen, Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine.

The DSC project and this Forum have been made possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, and the co-operation of the European-Ukrainian Youth Policy Center, Kyiv.
Special thanks to Simon & Goetz Design for their great support.