Russia: Future Imperfect?

What key trends will play out in Russia and Eastern Europe in 2030? What sort of events could throw them off course? What the EU should do about this?

Guests

Nicu Popescu, Senior Fellow, EUISS 

Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

Chaired by

Fredrik Wesslau, Head of Wider Europe Programme, ECFR

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Our panel discussed ECFR’s recent publication Russia 2030: A story of great power dreams and small victorious wars by Fredrik Wesslau and Andrew Wilson. How will Russia and Europe’s eastern neighbours look 14 years from now? What key trends will play out in Russia and Eastern Europe? What sort of events could throw them off course? What the EU should do about this?

Nicu Popescu (@nicupopescu) is a Senior Analyst at EUISS. He specialises in Russia and the Eastern neighbourhood. He previously worked as advisor on foreign policy for the prime minister of Moldova and as head of programme at ECFR. He is co-author of Russian futures: Horizon 2025 for EUISS.

Andrew Wilson is Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR and author of Survival of the Richest; How oligarchs block reform in Ukraine. He is also editor of ECFR’s What does Ukraine Think? essay collection.

Fredrik Wesslau (@fwesslau) is Director of the Wider Europe Programme and senior policy fellow at ECFR. He has spent the past decade working for the EU, OSCE, and UN on conflicts and crisis management in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Africa. He is co-author of Return to instability: How migration and great power politics threaten the Western Balkans.