Oleksandr Bogomolov, Director of the NISS, took part in the annual international discussion UCU Global hosted by the Analytical Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU).
The panel explored, among other issues, the following questions:
- Will the Schengen border become the new "Berlin Wall"?
- Where is the line between human compassion for migrants and surrender to hybrid aggression against Europe, in which refugees have been turned to weapons?
- How can the EU ensure its own security while preserving its fundamental values?
- How to counter information wars, which, during the pandemic, are significantly weakening and polarizing developed societies by spreading fakes?
- Are there common values for all humankind that could prevent dictators from using bacteriological and nuclear weapons?
The current political, military, economic, and environmental crises in Ukraine and around the world call for new approaches and ways to resolve them. The leaders of the public sector, clergy, education, business, media, public and culture, addressed these themes in their talks.
"Russia sees the world around as an open shop for collecting all sorts of resources. As soon as wars and conflicts take place somewhere in the world, from Syria to Venezuela, new opportunities seem to open up for Russia. Russia's political strategy looks something like this: if there is trouble, it can be transformed into a political resource, " said Oleksandr Bogomolov, Director of the NISS, during the discussion on finding answers to the most critical challenges of our time.
The speakers at the UCU Global discussion also included:
- Bishop Borys Gudziak, Archeparch of Philadelphia and Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the United States, President of the UCU, USA
- Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, People's Deputy of Ukraine, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine's Integration with the EU, Ukraine
- Valentyn Petrov, Head of the Main Situation Center of Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine
- Jan Pieklo, Adviser to MEP and Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Witold Waszczykowski, Poland
- James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, UK
- Anton Drobovych, Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Ukraine
- Vitalii Demianiuk, Chair of the Supervisory Board of NT-Engineering, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Chornobyl Research and Development Institute, Ukraine
- Serhii Lesniak, co-founder of Aistra, translator of the Art of War by Sun Tzu, China
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