Zapad 2021: A Threat to NATO's Eastern Flank?
03 WRZ 2021



invite you to the online discussion:



Zapad 2021: A Threat to NATO’s Eastern Flank?


10 September (Friday) 2021
11:00-12:30 CEST (Poland)
12:00-13:30 MSK (Minsk)
10.00-11.30 GMT (London)




Topics for discussion:

  • What are the stated and assumed real goals of the exercise?
  • What is Russia signalling through the Zapad drills and what do they tell us about the state of the Russian Armed Forces?
  • What do the exercises say about the prospects of deeper Russian-Belarusian military integration?
  • How do the Zapad manoeuvres impact NATO defence and deterrence assumptions and the broader security of Central-Eastern Europe?


11:00 – 12:00 Panel Discussion

  • Anna Maria Dyner, Senior Research Fellow, the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
  • Arsen Sivitsky, Director, Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies
  • Mathieu Boulègue, Research Fellow, Chatham House

    Chair: Marcin Terlikowski, Head of the International Security Programme, PISM 


12:00 – 12:30 Q&A with audience

Questions may be posed through PISM’s YouTube channel

Those wishing to participate are kindly invited to join the debate via
PISM’s livestreamed YouTube channel:  


This online discussion will be recorded