Presented by the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at the University of Melbourne.
Date and time: Thursday 30 March, 12.30pm-2pm
Venue: Linkway Room, 4th Floor, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne
The European security environment has undergone fundamental change during the last decade and faces new threats and challenges, arising from Russia’s neo-imperial aspirations and the emergence of ISIS. The last NATO summits in Wales and Warsaw tried to find adequate solutions to these problems and to restore the balance of forces and military potentials in Central and Eastern Europe. The security environment of Europe faces further challenges as a result of emerging uncertainties in US relations with Russia and Europe.
Janusz Onyszkiewicz is an influential expert in international security. He is a former Vice-President of the European Parliament and Vice President of its Foreign Relations Committee. He was Defence Minister of the Republic of Poland in two separate post – 1989 governments. Currently, he is an Executive Board member of the UK-based European Leadership Network and the Chairman of the International Center for Democratic Transition (Budapest). He is a member of the PolishUkrainian Partnership Forum. He has been monitoring elections in Ukraine, Egypt and Georgia on behalf of the US –based National Democratic Institute. Mr Onyszkiewicz is a distinguished human rights activist. In the historic year of 1989, he was the spokesperson for the Solidarity delegation to the Round Table negotiations that paved the way to the demise of communism in Poland and Central Europe. He is a recipient of numerous international awards and honors including the Legion d’Honour (France).
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