"Can Minsk Deliver a Sustainable Peace?”

Panel 1: The Current Status of the Minsk Process

Amb. Vadym Prystaiko
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Ukrainian Government

Mr. Paul Quinn-Judge
Senior Adviser, Ukraine and Russia
International Crisis Group

Dr. Anders Åslund
Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Mr. Adrian Karatnycky
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Dr. Evelyn Farkas
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center 
Atlantic Council 

Panel 2: The Objectives of the Parties

Dr. Hryhoriy Nemyria
Human Rights Committee of the Ukranian Parliament

Dr. Sergey Markedonov 
Director, Department for Problems of Ethnic Relations
Institute for Political and Military Analysis

Ms. Heather Conley 
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program 
Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Panel 3: Minsk and the Resolution of the Crisis in the Donbas

Amb. Johannes Regenbrecht (via video link)
Special Envoy for Ukraine and Head of the Ukraine Task Force
German Foreign Office

Dr. Vladislav Inozemtsev
Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

The Hon. Steven Pifer
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution

The Hon. John Herbst (Moderator)
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

The Minsk accords, signed in 2014 and 2015, have remained as the core guiding principle for a peace process in eastern Ukraine. Despite the ceasefire agreement, however, violence continues in the Donbas with low-intensity warfare plaguing local communities. The war in Ukraine has claimed over 9,000 lives and left over 1.5 million internally displaced persons. According to the Minsk agreements, Ukraine must hold elections in the Donbas in line with international standards and include a constitutional provision for special status for the so-called “People’s Republics.” In return, Russia must guarantee Ukraine’s control of its eastern border and allow international monitors full access to occupied territories. But are these tenable demands? Can the Minsk process still deliver a sustainable peace? To address these questions, the Atlantic Council brings together three distinguished panels of  experts and policymakers to discuss the current state of the negotiations and future prospects for resolution.

We hope you can join us for this important and timely discussion.


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