Brussels Forum: A Look Back at 2008
This spring, the German Marshall Fund will host the 10th annual Brussels Forum in Brussels, Belgium. In the weeks leading up to the conference, GMF will feature highlights from each of the past Brussels Forums.
Brussels Forum 2008 held conversations with world leaders on transatlantic issues from climate change to the global economy. One highlight was a heated discussion about Russia's relationship with the West during the panel "The West Under Challenge," which was also featured as a BBC World Debate. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke, and Radosław Sikorski, Polish foreign affairs minister, spent much of the session sparring with Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the international affairs committee of the Russian Duma. Despite criticism of Russia’s position in the world from some of the other panelists, Kosachev rebutted that the West played a definitive role in where Russia is today.
“The so-called West has missed a unique chance in the early `90s to establish a completely new system of global security,” Kosachev said. “There was a wrong choice made in that moment to continue NATO enlargement, and by that, the United States and their allies in the West maybe ‘won’ Central and Eastern Europe – they maybe are ‘winning’ some post-Soviet countries – but they’re definitely losing Russia.”
Watch the full panel here:
Watch a press conferences with the panelists here:
For a complete agenda, list of participants, and other multimedia from Brussels Forum 2008, visit the archive page.