Regional Focus: Eurasian Security and Conflict Prevention

Tue, 26 May 2009 18:45 in Discussion Forums
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Where: Dialogue Society, London
by Dr Fraser Cameron, EU-Russia Centre

Abstract

The Dialogue Society, as part of a seminar series on the theory and practice of peace building and conflict resolution will host Dr. Fraser Cameron to discuss the future of security and cooperation in Eurasia. Recently, the security landscape in Eurasia changed shape as the Obama administration conveyed a genuine commitment to strengthening the NATO alliance and simultaneously boosted America’s diplomatic engagement with Russia. An American-Russian rapprochement will inevitably impact the political, economic and strategic relationship between Russia, the European Union and other key players in the region like Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey, who have divergent interests and foreign policy goals for the next decade. What are the future challenges, ranging from energy security to combating radicalisation, in the region? Where and when will these challenges produce conflict? How, if at all, can conflict in Eurasia be prevented and is the Obama administration’s recipe of diplomacy through dialogue a viable option for the Eurasian states?

Biography of Dr Fraser Cameron

Fraser Cameron is a former European Commission advisor and well known policy analyst and commentator on EU and international affairs.

He is Director of the EU-Russia Centre, Director of EuroFocus-Brussels, an Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. He is an advisor to the BBC and to the UK government’s Higher Education Panel on Europe.

Dr Cameron was educated at the Universities of St Andrews (MA) and Cambridge (PhD). He was a Research Fellow at the University of Hamburg (1973-74) and a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent (1974-75).

From 1975 89, he was a member of the British Diplomatic Service serving mainly in Germany, and covering economic, political and press affairs. He joined the European Commission in 1990, as an advisor in external relations, and was closely involved in a range of policies including the common foreign and security policy (CFSP), enlargement, transatlantic relations, the Balkans, Asia and global governance. From 1999-2001 he was Political Counsellor at the EU delegation in Washington DC. Dr Cameron was seconded to the EPC in 2002 as Director of Studies.

Dr Cameron has lectured widely to business, academic and media audiences around the world. He has been a visiting professor at several universities and is the author of several books and articles on the EU and external relations. His recent books include An Introduction to European Foreign Policy, The Future of Europe and US Foreign Policy after the Cold War (all published by Routledge).

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