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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Emerging global challenges and ways for humanity to survive will be the focus of the first day of the YES Brainstorming

07.09.2021

The YES Brainstorming – a new format of event, organised by Yalta European Strategy (YES) and Victor Pinchuk Foundation – will be opened on September 10th with a special panel featuring President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The panel will be moderated by Stephen Sackur, Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC World News.

Ukrainian Young Leaders Section to be Held at YES Brainstorming

03.09.2021

30 students and young leaders from every region of Ukraine will participate in Young Leaders Section at YES Brainstorming, a new format event organized by the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which will take place on September 9-11, 2021 in Kyiv.

Yalta European Strategy and Victor Pinchuk Foundation to host new format event - YES Brainstorming – on 9th-11th September in Kyiv

01.09.2021

On 9th-11th September 2021 in Kyiv, Ukraine, the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation will hold a new format event – YES Brainstorming – which will focus on “Post-COVID = Pre-Disaster? Steps to Survival”.

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