EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 23: Security quagmire surrounding Europe, AMANDA PAUL Policy Analyst and Journalist

16 November 2014 10:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België



 Security quagmire surrounding Europe 

Facts about Turkey, Ukraine & Middle East 

Journalist Amanda Paul
Amid multiple security spillovers from the Syrian crisis, military escalation on the Ukranian-Russian border, winds of unrest sweeping through the Middle East, democratic stepback in Turkey, the world seems to be lurching from one crisis to the other. And these crises taking place not so far away from Europe have served as grounds for concerns and even conflict in the diplomatic and security spheres. Some questions could therefore arise: What is the right stance? Is there a relationship between these crises? What are their effects on European security? What has been Europe’s understanding of these crises?EPN (European Professionals Network) and GOLDEN ROSE kindly invites you to discuss the answers to such questions with renowned policy analyst and Journalist Amanda Paul at this event.
10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:30 Open Buffet Breakfast
11:40-12:30 Talk
12:30-13:00 Q&A Session


Brief Biography of Paul

Amanda Paul is a geopolitical and foreign policy analyst, journalist and blogger.  Her main areas of expertise include Turkish foreign policy, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, Eastern Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy, Russia, conflict resolution (Cyprus and the former Soviet space) and geopolitical issues in the Caspian region. She is presently employed as a Policy Analyst and Programme Executive at the EPC. Paul has a twice weekly column for the Turkish daily “Today’s Zaman” – Turkey’s leading English language newspaper – on issues related to Turkey, Russian Foreign Policy and the Eurasia region. For her etensive cv please click here


Report of the event:

At the 23rd edition of Breakfast Talks, EPN members had the chance to discuss the recent political developments and crisis in the world with an expert on the area, Policy Analyst and Journalist Amanda Paul. Following an open-buffet breakfast accompanied by a friendly environment, the journalist began her talk on the ongoing crisis in Russia, Ukraine, Middle East and the impacts of these crisis on Europe. According to Paul, at a time when ISID is defined as the biggest threat that the world has ever confronted in recent years, the threat posed by Russia should not be underestimated. While Russia has increased its military expenses and deployed weapons a great deal in recent years, the West has not yet responded to this threat sufficiently, the analyst underlined. She further noted that if the West wants to stop Russia, it should fill the power vacuums in the region before Russia does. Also touching on the Syrian and ISID crisis, Paul said ISID is a big threat for all communities whether you are Muslim, Christian or Hindu. The talk ended after the intense question-answer part.

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