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European Security Seminar-East discussed strategies to reengage the Russian Federation during a week-long seminar, Jan. 11-15, 2016.  The Strategic Insights paper is the result of their discussions.

By James E. Brooks,
George C. Marshall European Center Public Affairs

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Feb. 12, 2016) --  A George C. Marshall European Center paper proposing a strategy to engage the Russian Federation in the future will be distributed to participants at the Munich Security Conference this weekend.

The paper, “The New Dynamic in the East:  Conflicts, Vulnerability, and (Dis)Order was authored by Professors Dr. Graeme Herd and Professor Dr. Ralf Roloff. 

The paper supports a future strategy of “smart containment” that mixes dialogue, defense and deterrence without sacrificing Euro-Atlantic values.  However, the paper is based upon the work of 58 military and government executives from 28 nations who closely examined how to best relate to the Russian Federation during the Marshall Center’s first European Security Seminar East held Jan. 11-15, 2016. 

The Munich Security Conference is a major global forum for the discussion of security policy. Each February, more than 450 senior decision-makers from around the world attend, including heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.

A copy of the paper can be found on the George C. Marshall European Center website at:  Security Insights #12