Yalta European Strategy

Yalta European Strategy

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Yalta European Strategy (YES) is a leading forum for discussing Ukraine’s European future and global context. YES fosters new ideas. It connects Ukraine to international partners, supports forces for change in the country, and builds networks of supporters for a new Ukraine worldwide.

For over a decade, YES has initiated dialog between leaders from Ukraine, the EU, the US, the Russian Federation, and beyond. Within Ukraine, it provides a platform for the government and opposition. It brings together leaders from politics, business, media, civil society and the expert community.

YES began in 2004, when Victor Pinchuk invited some 30 European leaders to debate the future of Ukraine and the EU at the first Annual Meeting.

YES Annual Meeting took place at the symbolic Livadia Palace in Yalta from 2004 to 2013. The location where Europe was divided in 1945 thus became the venue for uniting a wider Europe. After the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the YES Annual Meeting moved to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

YES meetings have brought together heads of state and government such as Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Bronisław Komorowski, Mario Monti, Shimon Peres and Donald Trump. Among the speakers were also heads of international organizations like Kofi Annan, José Manuel Barroso, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Ronald Noble, James Wolfensohn, Lamberto Zannier and Robert Zoellick. Senior officials, such as Hillary Clinton, Valdis Dombrovskis, Robert Gates, Johannes Hahn, Chrystia Freeland, Victoria Nuland, Condoleezza Rice and Martin Schulz, have spoken at the meetings. In addition, thinkers and social leaders like Richard Branson, German Gref, Richard Haass, Niall Ferguson, Alexei Kudrin, Arthur Laffer, Yurii Milner, Larry Summers, Nouriel Roubini and Strobe Talbott have been among the panelists. Presidents and Prime Ministers of Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s political, business and social leaders, regularly speak at the meetings.

The YES board includes Aleksander Kwaśniewski,President of Poland (1995-2005), Chairman of the YES Board; Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (2006-2014), Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-1994); Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament (2002-2004), Member of the European Parliament (1989-2004); Stephane Fouks, Vice President of Havas Group, Executive Co-Chairman of Havas Worldwide; Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Senior Professor, Hertie School of Governance; Victor Pinchuk,Founder and Member of the Board, YES and Founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and EastOne group; Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Founder of Rasmussen Global, Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014), Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009); and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (1995-1999), High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (1999-2009), distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution.

www.yes-ukraine.org


Video

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08.03.2022

The War in Ukraine and the Future of the World Online conversation

21.02.2022

The 5th Munich Ukrainian Lunch on Ukraine’s and Europe’s Security

18.05.2021

YES online conversation on “Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe” by Niall Ferguson

30.04.2021

Threats to Ukraine’s Security, and What the International Community Can Do

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News

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“Time for the West to assume the worst”: Conclusions of the roundtable discussion “How to support Ukraine and deter Kremlin aggression”

01.02.2022

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and Yalta European Strategy hosted a roundtable discussion “How to support Ukraine and deter Kremlin aggression” in Kyiv. A delegation of retired US ambassadors and former government officials and experts focused on how Ukraine and its Western partners can work together to deter the threat of a new Kremlin offensive against Ukraine, which would also be a major blow against NATO, EU, and American interests.

Roundtable discussion “How to support Ukraine and deter Kremlin aggression”

28.01.2022

On Monday, January 31, 2022, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am EST, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, Yalta European Strategy and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation will hold a public in-person roundtable discussion “How to support Ukraine and deter Kremlin aggression”. The event will take place at Hyatt Kyiv Regency in Kyiv.

Victor Pinchuk Foundation held YES Online Conversation with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and President of Estonia 2016-2021 Kersti Kaljulaid

27.01.2022

Victor Pinchuk Foundation in partnership with the Yalta European Strategy (YES) continues its series of online discussions on global challenges and what they mean for Ukraine. During the recent YES Online Conversation, held on January 26, 2022, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and President of Estonia 2016-2021, YES Board member, Kersti Kaljulaid focused on the unprecedented escalation along Ukraine’s eastern border and latest diplomatic engagements by the U.S., NATO allies and Russia.

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