The conference held in Oslo, Norway addressed two interrelated parts which stemmed from the question: How can Europe best contribute to peace and security for the global common good? The conference brought together experts from around the region to examine how Russia may become an integral part of European security and cooperation, and it addressed the complex trans-national peace and security challenges related to this specific issue. Asking: How can policies to reduce such risks and policies to integrate Russia become mutually reinforcing? These topics were examined with a view to peace and security in the global domain. It was acknowledged by all participants that a gap has emerged between concepts and practice in peace and security affairs.
Some of the questions that were addressed by participants were: What is the best approach to the integration of Russia? What kind of security system should Europe aim for? Which trans-national risks should be securitized? and How can European security become a contribution to global public goods in an increasingly multi-centric world? The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, NUPI (Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) and the EGMONT Institute (Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium) plan to print the various proceedings in a special issue of the journal Studia Diplomatica early next year.
Back Row, Left to Right: Dr. Anton Bebler, Dr. Teija Tiilikainen, Ambassador Serguei Batsanov, Dr. Satoko Takahashi, Dr. Robin Allers, Dr. Hans Joachim Spanger, Professor Adrian Hyde-Price, Dr. Sven Biscop, and Dr. Sten Rynning