The Russian war against Ukraine and the (un)changed Central Europe. Challenges and opportunities of regional cooperation

Dezember 11, 2023
18:00 - 19:30 MESZ/MEZ

IDM in cooperation with the Association for International Affairs (AMO)

with kind support of the Embassy of the Republic of Austria in the Czech Republic and Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague

would like to cordially invite you to the discussion on

The Russian war against Ukraine and the (un)changed Central Europe

Challenges and opportunities of regional cooperation


During the past almost two years, the war in Ukraine and its consequences unprecedentedly challenged Central Europe. Military aid, supplies of weapons and equipment, humanitarian support, integration of fleeing Ukrainians, and a fundamentally changed security and geopolitical climate. As other world events such as the terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas unfold, and the war in Ukraine continues, however, the attention on Europe and the willingness to support the attacked Ukraine is starting to wane in some countries, facing rising apathy or denial among societies.

What challenges does Central Europe currently face in connection with the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the resulting security, military and energy transformation in the region? How can existing cross-border and regional cooperation formats support these transformations? What are the possibilities and limits of common, joint action of Central European states amid the ongoing war? Finally, is the perception of the European Union and its aid to Ukraine changing among the Central European populations? Experts on and from Central Europe examine the current political constellation and cooperation of states in the heart of Europe.


Opening remarks

H.E. Bettina Kirnbauer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to the Czech Republic

Welcome Address

Daniel Martínek, Research Associate, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna

Panel Discussion

Pavel Havlíček, Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Prague

Ivan Jestřáb, Director of the Department of Central Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

Zuzana Lizcová, Head of German and Austrian Studies Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague

Daniel Martínek, Research Associate, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna


Anna Urbanová, Journalist, Czech Radio


Venue: Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague, Jungmannovo namesti 18, 110 00 Prague


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