Seminar 1st December 2005

seminarInternational Seminar on the Future of the Commonwealth of Independent States

The seminar will be held at the Aleksanteri Institute, Töölönkatu 3 A Fifth Floor
from 9.00 to 17.00 on Thursday, 1st of December
and will be immediately be followed by a reception hosted by the Aleksanteri institute.

The seminar is designed to address four main themes for analysis and discussion:
Energy politics and its ramifications for the CIS and EU;
Hard and soft security issues;
Nationalism, identity, conflict and social stability and
Future Economic / Political viability of the states of the CIS.

RSVP to Ms. Essi Lindroos,
email: essi.lindroos[at]
or 191 28 660 by the 25th November.

Please note there is a limited amount of seating available, preference will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Seminar programme:

9.00-9.15 Opening of the Seminar: Prof. Markku Kivinen,
Director Aleksanteri Institute
9.15-11.00 Panel I: Energy Politics and its Ramifications for the CIS and EU

Panel Chair: Dr. Pami Aalto Aleksanteri Institute

Dr. Armen Safaryan, Deputy Director, Head of Investment and Perspective Development Department, International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy MGIMO-RAS: Energy Cooperation of Russia with Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and Turkmenistan

Dr. Phil Hanson, University of Birmingham, CREES: To Pump Oil or Dry Breadcrumbs: Recent State Interventions in the Russian Oil and Gas Industry

Mr. Oleg Zakataev RAO Nordic Oy: Topic to be announced

Mr. Peeter Vahtra, Researcher Pan-European Institute TUKKK:
The Role of Russian Companies in the CIS Energy Sector

11.00-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.15 Panel II: Hard and Soft Security Issues in the CIS

Panel Chair: Dr. Timo Hellenberg Aleksanteri Institute

Dr. Graeme P. Herd Geneva Centre for Security Policy:
The Colour Revolutions: Security Implications for the CIS

Mr. Mikko Palonkorpi, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute: The Arming of the Caucasus: Oil Wealth and a Developing Regional Arms Race

Dr. Christer Pursiainen Senior Research Fellow, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development: Soft Security Issues in the CIS

12.15-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-14.45 Panel III: Nationalism, Identity, Conflict and Social Stability

Panel Chair: Prof. Markku Kivinen Director, Aleksanteri Institute

Prof. Ron Hill Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin: Borders and Identities in the CIS: Where Ethnicity and Geography Collide

Dr. Jeremy Smith, CREES, University of Birmingham: The Soviet Orphans: Nargorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, Transdniestria and the Soviet Legacy

Dr. Sergei Sokolovski, Institute for Ethnography and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences Moscow:
What about us? The Census and Minorities in the Russian Federation

14.45-15.00 Coffee
15.00-17.00 Panel IV: Political and Economic Viability: The Future of the States in the CIS

Panel Chair: Ms. Hanna Smith, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute

Prof. Robert Legvold Harriman Institute Columbia University:
The CIS in Perspective: Hesitant Start…Uncertain Future?

Mr. Konstantin F. Zatulin, Representative, Russian State Duma, & Director, Institute of CIS Countries, Moscow:
Future Political Prospects for the CIS

Dr. Mikhail Y. Golovnin, Deputy Director, Centre for Problems of Integration IIEPS-RAS: Prospects for Economic Integration in the CIS

Mr. Antti Turunen Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Inter-regional Relations: The New GUAM and the New EU Member States

Mr. Arseniy Svynarenko Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute:
The Interest Divide: Ukraine Facing East and West

17.00 - Reception