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Regional Perspectives on the war in Ukraine / Conference



International conference organised by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), the Institute of European Integration and Regional Studies at the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University and the Center for the Study of Conflict & Peace at the University of Osnabrück.

Questions after the unjustified attack of the Russian Federation against Ukraine developed from “how could we let this happen” through “what can we do to help” to “when will it end”? As the war is ongoing for almost four months, three institutions from Chernivtsi, Osnabrück and Vienna brought together experts to discuss the war  in Ukraine as well as its implications for the wider Danube Region.  



Welcome by the organisers

irst Panel: Assessing the dynamics of the war: Military, political & humanitarian situation in Ukraine

  • Anatoliy Kruglashov (Yuriy Fedkovych National University of Chernivtsi) 
  • Nadija Afanasieva (UIIP Kyiv)
  • Nataliya Vinnykova (V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University)

Moderator: Sebastian Schäffer (IDM) 

Followed by open discussion among other invited experts & audience  

Coffee break

Second Panel: Assessing consequences & prospects: The war and the wider Danube Region

  • Minna Ålander (SWP Berlin)
  • Andreas Umland (Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs/Kyiv)
  • Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu (IDM/Romanian Centre for Russian Studies at University of Bucharest)  

Moderator: Ulrich Schneckener (University of Osnabrück) 

Followed by open discussion among other invited experts & audience  

Final Concluding remarks by the organizers

End of conference

Welcome to the new website of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

If you want to move forward, you have to stay mobile. Therefore, the IDM is now getting a new home in virtual space. On 1 July 2022, our new website went online. We are still working at full speed to improve it. For technical reasons, however, all old links will no longer work. We would therefore like to thank you for your understanding that there may be a few inconveniences during this transition period!

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Our current events, publications, podcasts and expertise are already available to you in the new design. We hope you will quickly get used to the new structure and are pleased with the improvements: Above all, the relaunch gives us more freedom and flexibility to provide attractive information about the target countries of our institute. A separate blog offers new opportunities to optimally communicate analyses and comments on important developments. Another highlight is the interactive map on the home page, behind which we continuously collect the latest expertise on the target countries. Current information on Ukraine can be found here. Discover the new online reader for our publications! From now on you can conveniently browse through the latest policy paper from our experts on our website or download the latest issue of Info Europa for later. We also make it easier for you to get involved in the region. In the future, IDM membership will only be a few clicks away.

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We wish you an informative start to the summer – with the new IDM website!

Your IDM team

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