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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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

11.02.2021

YES Online Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari, Rutger Bregman and Zanny Minton Beddoes

24.11.2020

Online Conversation with Egils Levits, Fareed Zakaria and Aleksander Kwaśniewski on the Future of Democracy

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News

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Kersti Kaljulaid Joins the Board of Yalta European Strategy (YES)

01.11.2021

Yalta European Strategy (YES) is pleased to announce that Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia (2016-2021), United Nations Secretary-General's Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child, has joined the YES Board.

YES Brainstorming - the second day: discussing the aftermath of 9/11, the possibility of a new Cold War and challenges and opportunities for Ukraine

12.09.2021

The second day of the YES Brainstorming in Kyiv, organised by the Yalta European Strategy (YES), in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, concluded with sessions on the Kremlin’s view on Ukraine and the aftermath of 9/11 and what it means for tomorrow.

YES Brainstorming - first day opening: covering global threats, pandemics, Afghanistan and climate change

10.09.2021

Victor Pinchuk, businessman and philanthropist, founder of YES, opened the first day of the YES Brainstorming in Kyiv, organised by the Yalta European Strategy (YES), in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, and expressed the view that Ukraine is not only an integral part of Europe’s history, but also Europe’s future.

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