On Friday, January 29, EWI will host a roundtable discussion on new NATO-Russia strategic concepts with Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin, Head of the Mission of the Russian Federation in Europe, and Ambassador Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, former Ambassador of Germany to the Russian Federation.  The purpose of the roundtable is to identify ways to strengthen the NATO-Russia relationship.   Discussion topics will include NATO’s open-door policy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its limited decision-making power, the Treaty on Convernational Forces in Europe and Anti-Ballistic Missile defence in Europe.  EWI Vice President Greg Austin and Senior Associate Jacqueline McLaren Miller will moderate the discussion.

Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin, Russian Ambassador to NATO.

From 2002 to 2004, Ambassador Rogozin was the Russian president’s special envoy dealing with relations between the European Union and the Kaliningrad exclave. He is a former leader of the Rodina (Motherland) party, the former Chairman of the Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Vice-Chairman of Duma’s Committee for Security.

Ambassador Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, Member of Experts’ Group on NATO’s new Strategic Concept.

Ambassador Ploetz retired from the German Foreign Service in 2005, following a long and distinguished career as a diplomat.  Between 2002 and 2005 he was Ambassador of Germany to the Russian Federation and, prior to this, he was German Ambassador to the United Kingdom.  In the early 1990s he was Permanent Representative of Germany on the North Atlantic Council, having been promoted from the position of Deputy Permanent Representative.  Ambassador von Ploetz has also occupied a number of senior positions at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, heading departments dealing with transatlantic and European security issues.