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Public debate "The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its Legacy: Spheres of Influence in Europe"

Created: 2019.11.13 / Updated: 2019.11.13 11:50

On 28 November 2019 a Public debate "The Molotov-Robbentrop Pact and its Legacy: spheres of Influence in Europe" will take place at Wijnhaven, The Hague campus of Leiden University. 


17.00     Welcome by Vidmantas Purlys, Ambassador of Lithuania in the Netherlands

17.05     "The genesis of the Ribbentrop and Molotov pact and its consequences for the Baltic States"(by Dr. Kęstutis Kilinskas, Vilnius University)

17.25      The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its long-term consequences (by Professor André Gerrits, Leiden University)

17.45-19.00      Panel discussion moderated by Adriaan Jacobovits de Szeged. Participants: Dr. Kęstutis Kilinskas; Professor Sławomir Dębski, Director of Polish Institute of International Affairs; Hugo Klijn, Senior Research Fellow of the Clingendael Institute and Professor André Gerrits

Public debate is organized by SGTRS Foundation History of Totalitarian Regime and their Victims and BASIS (Bachelor Students of International Studies).

About the speakers

* Professor Sławomir Dębski is Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs. Prior to this he was Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. Dr Dębski has also been a member of the Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters since 2008. He has also been an advisor to all Poland's governments since 2000.

He is the author of many books and academic articles as well as several collections of documents of polish foreign policy and history of diplomacy.


* Dr. Kęstutis Kilinskas is an Assistant Professor of History at Vilnius University's History Department. His doctoral dissertation and publications deal with Lithuanian foreign policy, military history, war and related subjects. His publications have appeared in Lithuanian and English in journals such as Lithuanian Historical Studies, Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis, Archives of War and others. Previously dr. K. Kilinskas had a research internships at the universities in Poland (University of Warsaw) and USA (University of Illinois). 


* Professor André Gerrits is Professor of International Studies and Global Politics, and Chair of the BA Urban Studies, based in The Hague. Previously, he held the chair in Russian History and Politics at Leiden University and the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Gerrits was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Studies Clingendael.



* Hugo Klijn is a diplomat en currently senior research fellow within the Security Unit of the Clingendael Institute. The main focus of his work is on Transatlantic security issues and arms control. He has a special interest in the Russian Federation and the former Soviet republics. At the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked in the Security Policy Department, the European Department and the Strategy Advisory Unit. He held foreign postings in Moscow, Belgrade, Brussels (NATO) and Vienna (OSCE).


* Adriaan Jacobovits de Szeged is a retired top-diplomat. He served as secretary to the Royal Nederlands embassy in Moscow, was director-general for political affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative at the United Nations and NATO and was embassador in Washington. Since his retirement he has been a member of the Advisory Council for International Affairs of the Netherlands government en parliament, and special representative of the European Unian for Moldavia.


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