Upcoming Event: “Can Decentralization Lead to Peace in Ukraine?”


Tuesday, 1 December 2015


Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels


About the event

The Minsk II Agreement serves as foundation for finding a peaceful solution for the conflict in Ukraine. Apart from specific conditions on maintaining ceasefire and security in the East of the country, the Agreement also seeks after a constitutional reform. Decentralizing state power is a key element in it.

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The Ukrainian Security Sector – a piece of the puzzle for lasting peace

0_PanelThe Minsk II agreement is unlikely to deliver the desired results. While Ukraine is shaken by Russian aggression imposed on its territory, its own difficulties with unstable government, corruption and hollowing out of the State also stand in the way of security and stability. In the context of the Russian annexation of Crimea and the de facto occupation of the Donbass Region, Ukraine and the EU have to reconsider if they have so far given the right answers. Otherwise, Ukraine’s future development will considerably be determined by the Kremlin. Ukraine desperately needs to stabilise and guarantee security, for which a reform of its national defense is urgently needed. A democratically controlled, defensively aligned army and reliable security structures are a prerequisite in the attempt to achieve a stable state.

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