“Germany, Russia, Ukraine: A Common Future?”

first_img LinkedIn 0 Call for Applications: Asia Peace Innovators Forum Call for Participants: Arab World Heritage Young Professionals Forum ← Yale World Fellows Program for Mid-Career Leaders Tweet Council of Europe World Forum for Democracy 2020: Call for Youth Delegates Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. “Germany, Russia, Ukraine: A Common Future?” Redditcenter_img +1 Similar Stories Online Internship at Forum für Mittelost- und Südosteuropa → September 26, 2016 Published by elena Deadline: 30 September 2016Open to: 18-26 year old participants from Germany, Ukraine and RussiaVenue: 20–26 November 2016, Kyiv, UkraineDescriptionWhat role do the youth and civil societies play in easing tensions between states? How does media affect our perception of other countries? How do young people feel and what do they think on the other side of the conflict? These and many other questions are raised in the three-year youth project designed by youth from three different countries – Trilateral Youth Forum “Germany, Russia, Ukraine: A Common Future?”. The main goal is to provide youth with a platform to discuss, doubt, raise questions, share some very different at times opinions but trying to define common challenges and ways to overcome them together at the end.This year in Kyiv will be held the final 3rd edition of the Forum. And participants are invitied in mutually respectful discussions with experts to discover new ways of strengthening the ties between our societies. If you are keen on meeting active like-minded students and young professionals from Germany, Russia and Ukraine to create common youth and social-oriented projects, apply for the III TYF and join the multinational young community in our search for a better common future.Topics of the Forum:Role of the youth in the civil society of Germany, Russia and Ukraine;Economic relations and business;Oral history and the construction of collective memory;Migratory issues;The role of mass media in shaping public consciousness.Understanding of common culture and space;Security;Conflict resolution.Eligibility10 active and motivated 18-26-year-old people from each of the three respective countries, who are interested in contributing into a sustainable development of the trilateral relations;Young future leaders and specialists in the field of media, politics, economics, education, security and civil society.CostsOrganizers cover accommodation and meals for the Forum days. There is a participation fee of EUR 30. In case of additional fundraising the participation fee will be reimbursed.Travel costs can be partly reimbursed:German participants: up to EUR 200;Ukrainian participants: up to EUR 50;Russian participants: up to EUR 200;How to apply?In order to apply, please fulfill the online application form latest by 30 September 2016.For more information, please visit the official website. Share 0 Pocketlast_img read more

Cardin, Feinstein, Leahy call for independent commission to investigate Russian interference in election

first_imgVermont Business Magazine US Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) called Monday for the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. The commission would fully investigate alleged Russian cyberattacks on US political entities and election infrastructure, seek to identify those responsible, and recommend a response as well as actions the US can take to defend itself in the future.  Modeled on other independent commissions, this body would compile all available classified intelligence and open source information, conduct hearings and interviews, with subpoena power, and report its findings to Congress within 18 months from being formed. The membership of the commission would be individuals appointed by the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional leadership.After the White House announced it was conducting its own review into alleged Russian interference in the election late last week, reporting in The Washington Post raised serious further questions about this matter. And in October, the Director of National Intelligence confirmed that senior-level Russian officials were involved in the hacks of the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.The Senators’ announcement Monday complements the call by bipartisan leadership in the Senate for Congressional investigations as well as support in the House of Representatives for an independent commission.“We’ve seen what Russia can do with a MiG, but they can be equally destructive with a mouse. The American people deserve a nonpartisan, transparent, public investigation into this insidious attack on our democratic institutions,” said Senator Cardin, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee. “Elections and the peaceful transfer of power are the foundational elements of our democracy.   They have been attacked and undermined by the world’s most destabilizing major power. As a nation it’s time to get to the bottom of it and learn what we can do to prevent it from ever happening again.”“For the last 20 years, as chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have worked to protect the voting rights of all Americans.  But the right to vote – the foundation of our democracy – is undermined if a foreign country can interfere with our democratic process,” said Senator Leahy, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  “It is time to rise above the fray and engage in a serious, independent, and bipartisan investigation of the allegations that the Russians interfered with the American presidential election.  This is larger than any one candidate or any one election.  This is about protecting our democracy now, and going forward.”“An attack against our election system is an attack on our very way of life and must not go unchallenged,” said Senator Feinstein, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “We need this commission to determine if my personal belief is correct—that the real intent of what appears to be a classic Russian covert influence campaign was to harm the candidacy of the Democratic candidate or undermine our democratic system. This bipartisan commission will help identify the specific ‘actors’ responsible and recommend a possible course of action to prevent this from ever happening again.”About the Commission:       The Commission to End Russian Interference in United States Elections will conduct a comprehensive review of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.       The Commission will provide the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the U.S. public with full information regarding how alleged Russian interference may have affected the 2016 election, as well as recommendations to protect our elections going forward, so that the American people and their leaders can have faith and confidence in the integrity of our elections, our Constitution, and democratic form of government.       The Commission will be bipartisan, with members appointed by Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Members of Congress would not be members of the Committee.       The Members of the Commission would have access to all unclassified and classified information, including subpoena power, regarding all Russian activities with regards to the 2016 Presidential election.       The Commission will produce a Report within 18 months outlining the facts of what occurred, in an unclassified form with a classified annex, and make recommendations to the Congress and Executive on appropriate actions to defend our system of elections and government, including a plan to counter Russian interference in US elections.       Vladimir Putin has repeatedly shown the world that he aggressively seeks to undermine the sovereignty of sovereign countries, democratic institutions, and the rule of law.  He is a threat to democracy, peace, security, and human rights worldwide.   The Commission’s report would show how and to what extent his activities, and the activities of those who do his bidding, impact the political system of United States and the American people.Source: Leahy 12.12.2016last_img read more