More than four years after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the military escalation in Eastern Ukraine, a stable solution to the conflict, let alone sustainable peace, still seems elusive. Negotiations in the so-called Normandy format have stalled and failed to produce meaningful results. The Minsk Agreement is still not being implemented by the parties to the conflict. More recently, a number of politicians and experts in Ukraine, Russia, and other countries have called for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force to Donbass. Even if they have different things in mind, the debate could pave the way for de-escalation and trigger slow but meaningful progress toward conflict resolution. Several track two initiatives have been working on proposals how to make such an operation work.
This event will be kicked-off with a keynote by Sigmar Gabriel, followed by a panel discussion with distinguished speakers and experts to discuss the political, administrative and military prospects and requirements of a potential peacekeeping operation in Eastern Ukraine.
This event is hosted by the Centre for International Security Policy at the Hertie School of Governance.