Stockholm – ESI presentation on Russian foreign policy and meetings on EU enlargement and the Syrian refugee crisis
ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to speak at a conference entitled "Russia's Direction - Putin's Objectives & the European Response" organised by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Stockholm. Participants included Olga Shorina, Executive Director, the Boris Nemtsov Foundation; Stephen Nix, Regional Director, the International Republican Institute; Olof Ehrenkrona, Consul General to the Åland islands; Ilya Yashin, Deputy Chairman, PARNAS; Amb. Diana Janse, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, Moderate Party; and Hans Wallmark, MP, Moderate Party Spokesman on Defence; among others.
While in Stockholm, Gerald also had meetings with representatives of the Swedisch Foreign and Justice Ministries as well as with Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) officials to discuss ESI research on EU enlargement methodology and the Syrian refugee crisis.