CFC Big Ideas supported the online conference titled “The Oligarchs – Economic Power, Democracy and Responsibility of the West”, which took place on November 18 and was streamed from the Berlin office of the GMF.
The hybrid event brought together academics, journalists, think tank experts and policy makers who analyzed the impact of oligarchs on democracy, the oligarchic power strategies and tactics and the role of Western infrastructure.
Vasyl Myroshnychenko, Partner at CFC Big Ideas and Marshall Memorial Fellow’18, moderated the panel discussion “What is the impact of oligarchs on democratic transition?” with the participation of Edward Lucas, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Center for European Policy Analysis, John Lough, Associate Fellow, Russia & Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, and Dr. Taras Kuzio, Associate Research Fellow, Henry Jackson Society, Adjunct Professor, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Two other panels covered the topics “How to advance democracy in an economy dominated by oligarchs?” and “How can policymakers constrain the influence of oligarchs?”.
The conference also featured the interview of Casey Michel, author of the book titled American Kleptocracy and a journalist whose writings on offshoring, kleptocracy, and financial secrecy have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vox, The New Republic, and POLITICO Magazine.
The conference was supported financially by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Learn more about the conference and read the event report.