On March 11, in Dnipropetrovsk “Menorah” Center hosted the session of strategic discussion club “EU, NATO ... What Will Enhance the Security of Ukraine?”. Leading European and Ukrainian experts, diplomats of EU Member States visited Dnepropetrovsk specially for participation in the public debate among them there were Andrius Krivas, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania; Marcin Kozhiel, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine; Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Ambassador of Norway to Ukraine; Adam Eberhardt, Deputy Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies; Oleksiy Haran, Ukrainian political scientist; and experts of the Institute of World Politics. Researcher Dilfuza Hlushchenko presented “Tkuma” Institute and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” during the debate.
Together with local experts, community activists and journalists discussed the main issues of national security of Ukraine and its influence on strategic development and even the existence of the country.
Public discussion was organized within the project of Institute of World Politics “Strategic Discussion Club in Regions of Ukraine”, supported by the Norwegian government. This project is a continuation of a successful IWP project, during which in 2013 Kyiv hosted six meetings of the Strategic Discussion Club. The dramatic events in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine confirmed the need for continuation of regular public debates on issues of national security of Ukraine, including the greater involvement of regional experts. Six regional discussions were planned and Dnipropetrovsk became the fifth city where such a meeting took place. Over the past 9 months IWP organized meetings in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Odesa and Mykolayiv.