International Conference: Geopolitical Challenges of the Russian-Ukrainian War, from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean 

 

From 3 – 5 November 2022 the Romanian Center for Russian Studies at the University of Bucharest organised an International Conference: “Geopolitical Challenges of the Russian-Ukrainian War, from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean”. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, Director of the Center and Project Leader at IDM, welcomed amongst others members of the IDM International Council. Ulrich Schneckener held a keynote on What Comes After? Consequences of the War Against Ukraine for European Security Order(s). Andreas Umland held a presentation on Russian Fascism? Diverging Classifications of Putin’s Regime before and after 24 February 2022. Both also chaired a panel during the conference. IDM Managing Director Sebastian Schäffer presented Future Scenarios for Enlargement and European Integration in the Context of the Russian War Against Ukraine. During his stay in Bucharest, he was also invited to a talk show at the Romanian public broadcaster VR Info. 

Author:
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ICU ICARE MEETING

Regional perspectives on the war in Ukraine

Date/Time
October 24, 2022
15:00 – 18:00 CEST/CET

 

The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in cooperation with the Universities of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Coburg and Potsdam as well as the University of Klagenfurt and and the Department of International Social Work of the German Social Work Association are organizing a digital lecture series in the 2022/23 winter semester entitled “No War. Education as a practice of peace”. At the opening event on October 24, IDM Managing Director Sebastian Schäffer gave a lecture on “Regional Perspectives on the War in Ukraine”. He first outlined the current situation in the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and tried to classify it historically. He then described the developments in EU-Russia and Ukraine-Russia relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union and opened up possible future scenarios for ways out of the war. Afterwards, he discussed with the numerous participants and answered questions. The other topics and dates of the digital lecture series are noted in the flyer below, free participation is possible without registration.

A publication is also planned afterwards. “War and Conflict. Peacebuilding as a challenge and field of work”, edited by Tanja Kleibl, Caroline Schmitt, Karsten Kiewitt and Ronald Lutz, is to be published by Beltz Verlag, Juventa in 2024.

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EUact2 project successfully launched!

With a discussion under the title „Democracy in the EU Amid a Poli-Crisis: Perceptions Across Europe“, the project EUact2 has been successfully launched on 19 October 2022 in the premises of GLOBSEC in Bratislava. During the event, the speakers Noelle O Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement (EM) Ireland, Spyros Blavoukos, Head of the Arian Condellis European Programme at the ELIAMEP Greece and Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) discussed the current state and various facets of European democracy within the European Union (EU) and beyond.

What are the principles and values on which the EU is built upon and what challenges and obstacles do the EU member states currently face when it comes to democracy and rule of law? What is the role the European citizens play in shaping democratic developments in Europe and what factors at local, national and European level have towering impact on these processes? These and many other questions were addressed during a lively discussion between speakers and participants, resulting in the need to clearly define the essence of democracy and what form  of democracy should be generally accepted in the EU and beyond. Only then can we prevent different interpretations of democracy and are able to determine what areas of democratic backsliding we should focus on.

The two-year project “Towards Democratic and Inclusive Europe: EP Elections and Active Citizens Participation and Contribution” (EUact2) represents a collaboration of GLOBSEC, European Movement Ireland, ELIAMEP and IDM and aims to create a sustained level of citizen activism and engagement in the run-up to the European Parliament Election in 2024. On the following day, 20 October 2022, the representatives of the project partners discussed the overall course of the project and its specific phases, as well as its organizational aspects and content sides by elaborating the main project questions.  

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Photos Copyright: GLOBSEC 

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