The preparatory meeting of the Global Security and Local Conflicts section of the Global Policy Forum (to be held September 7-8, 2011 in Yaroslavl) took place at the House of Blackheads in Riga on May 27. More than 200 guests and experts participated in the preparatory meeting.
A number of experts from Russia, Latvia, Great Britain, Germany and the United States of America expressed their opinion on the role of local conflicts in a separate region and their influence on global security, and opportunities to localize these conflicts and their prevention. The discussion was moderated by Chairman of Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development and Chairman of Advisory Board of the Baltic Forum Igor Yurgens and President of the Baltic Forum and leader of the Latvian parliamentary group Harmony Center Janis Urbanovics (Latvia).
Other participants of the discussion included President of the Nixon Center Dimitry Simes; Hans Friedrich von Ploetz , former Ambassador of Germany to Russia; Head of the Center for European Integration at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) Nadezhda Arbatova; senior director at McLarty and Associates, former U.S. Assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, chief negotiator on arms control Richard R. Burt; Alexander Dynkin, Director of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO); Head of International Development Department of the Institute of Contemporary Development Sergei Kulik; Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science Vitaly Naumkin; the first Prime Minister of Lithuania (1990-1991) Kazimira Prunskiene; and Director of the Berthold-Beitz Center on Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian and Central Asian studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) Alexander Rahr, among others. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov and Andris Teikmanis, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Latvia also appeared at the meeting, and a welcoming message from Latvian President Valdis Zatlers was read to the meeting participants.
Igor Yurgens said that the meeting amounted to a sort of ‘showcase’ of the speakers who would work at this section in Yaroslavl this fall. He noted that the experts had outlined an agenda, identifying the range issues to be discussed at Global Policy Forum. Igor Yurgens also announced that the Institute of Contemporary Development – one of the three organizers of Global Policy Forum in Yaroslavl – is preparing a report on the NATO-CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) relations.