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EU-STRAT’s Midterm Conference forthcoming in October 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania

2017-07-05 Institute News

Vilnius university and our 10 partners would like to invite to the midterm conference of EU-STRAT, an EU-funded research project entitled “The EU and Eastern Partnership Countries: An Inside-Out Analysis and Strategic Assessment” (EU-STRAT). The conference will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, for October 5 - 6, 2017 (IIRPS Vokiečių str. 10, Vilnius). 

As EU-STRAT has been running since May 2016 and this midterm conference will present EU-STRAT’s intermediary research findings, related to varieties of social orders in Eastern Partnership countries, interdependencies with and soft power by the EU and Russia, and feature insights and debates on the future of the Eastern Partnership. Bringing together participants from the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries, as well as third countries, project team seeks to continue raising awareness of EU-STRAT's research agenda, one which is highly relevant in today's political climate.

The midterm conference features a keynote speech by Leszek Balcerowicz, Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and a Roundtable discussion on the future of the Eastern Partnership among such participants as professor Tanja A. Börzel (The Jean Monnet Chair at the Center for European Integration, the Freie Universität Berlin), Taras Kuzio (Center for Transatlantic Relations School of Advanced International Relations John's Hopkins University), Dzianis Melyantsou (Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies) and other guests and representitives of partner institutions. Throughout the conference, all project partners, invited guests, and the interested public will have the opportunity to discuss EU-STRAT’s intermediary findings and debate its future research agenda.

Please find further information on EU-STRAT on our website

Please find the draft programme of the event here.

Please follow this link to register for the conference.


Call for papers "Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE)" - International Conference at the University of Iceland

2017-07-19 Institute News

This international conference for small states´ specialists will focus on security and defence policy choices and challenges of NATO small states and small NATO partner states in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Oceania.

You can find more information here.


Public lecture by Jörg Wiegratz: „Power and morals: capitalism, economic fraud and social harm in Africa and beyond“.

2017-05-22 Institute News

On the occasion of International Africa Days, dr. Jor Wiegratz will give a lecture „Power and morals: capitalism, economic fraud and social harm in Africa and beyond“. Event will take place on 26th of May (Friday), at 3:00 p.m. in room 304.  Jörg Wiegratz is Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development at the University of Leeds. He researches the political economy and moral economy of neoliberalism in Africa and elsewhere. In the seminar, he will argue that capitalism is a moral order and moral economy, i.e. has a moral grammar. Capitalism’s moral order, together with its political-economic order, has over the last centuries produced vast social harms in numerous places, from large-scale colonial slavery, imperial wars, and workplace injuries and deaths, to climate change effects. J.Wiegratz will focus on one particularly relevant case: the massive and increasing levels of economic fraud in many countries across the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa.


Public Lecture by Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar "India: Pivotal Power of Asia"

2017-05-19 Institute News

On 25th of May (Thursday) Indian politician who is the Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawed “M. J.” Akbar will be visiting IIRPS VU and will give a talk on topic “India: Pivotal Power of Asia”. Event will take place at 4:50 p.m., room 304. Lecture will be followed by the discussion. Moderator: assoc. prof. Konstantinas Andrijauskas. 


Public lecture by Peter A. Hall "The Roots of the New Populism and its Implications for Democratic Politics”

2017-05-10 Institute News

IIRPS VU invites to the public lecture "The Roots of the New Populism and its Implications for Democratic Politics” by Harvard university professor, outstanding political economist and one of the most well-known institutionalists Peter A. Hall. Lecture will take place on 23rd of May, 11:30 am (room 402) in english.

This lecture will focus on currently observed rise in the popularity of populists in many countries with old democratic traditions. Events such as US presidential elections, Brexit referendums, also elections in Netherlands and France as well as parliamentary elections in Germany scheduled for the Autumn will be discusses on the basis of Peter A. Hall's recent book “The Politics of Representation in the Global Age: Identification, Mobilization, and Adjudication” linking recent trends to the concepts of social resilience and successful societies.

Peter A. Hall is Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies in the Department of Government at Harvard and CES Resident Faculty and Co-Director of the Program on Successful Societies for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

More information about the event. 

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