The panellists were Mr Aleksander Kwasniewski former President of Poland, Dr Javier Solana former NATO Secretary General and EU high Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy and Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, Nuffield College, Oxford. The discussion was moderated by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten.
On 14 March 2014 the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antonys College organised the 2014 Elliott Lecture: Ukraine and its Place in the World.
Paul Chaisty originally organised this seminar in September 2013 to explore the implications of the November Vilnius summit and the prospects for the integration of Ukraine into the EU. The line-up included two distinguished politicians who have been deeply involved with Ukraines integration over many years: former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former head of NATO, Javier Solana. Gwen Sasse added her expertise on Ukrainian politics, and in particular on the issue of Crimea. Given the extraordinary events in the region over the last few months, the focus became Ukrainian territorial integrity. Held on the eve of the referendum in Crimea, the three participants considered the causes of the Ukrainian revolution and the ways in which the outcome of the Crimean referendum is likely to shape regional and international relations over the coming months and years.