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Event | 9 October 2018

Forum participant interviews: The future of relations between Russia and the West

On 3-4 July 2018, the European Leadership Network came together with King’s College Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC), the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Germany, the Centre of Military and Political Studies at Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague to host a forum event: The Future of Relations between Russia and the West

The forum brought together leading academics and experts from the UK, Russia and Germany to discuss the influence of mutual trust and emotions in Russia-West relations.

Attendees discussed the themes of:

  • Emotions in Russia-West relations;
  • The rise and fall of ‘fake news’;
  • Trust and respect in Russia-West relations
  • Disinformation, propaganda and interference;
  • Misperceptions of INF Treaty violations;
  • Eurasian integration;
  • The role of conventional deterrence in NATO-Russia relations
  • Syria, extremism and ISIS

The two-day event concluded in a public debate on the future of these relationships, exploring how fear, identity, trust, and hope have come together to shape the contemporary environment and how these ought to be considered in shaping future relations between Russia and the West.

You can read interviews with the forum participants in the following report by the Gerda Henkel forum and KCSC: The Future of Relations between Russia and the West