TSPMI.VU.LT - naujienos http://www.tspmi.vu.lt/ EU-STRAT’s Midterm Conference forthcoming in October 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:56:00 +0300 http://www.tspmi.vu.lt/en/news/institute-news/eu-strats-midterm-conference-forthcoming-in-october-2017-in-vilnius-lithuania-1241 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 ...]]> Call for papers "Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE)" - International Conference at the University of Iceland Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:08:00 +0300 http://www.tspmi.vu.lt/en/news/institute-news/call-for-papers-small-states-and-the-new-security-environment-ssanse-international-conference-at-the-university-of-iceland-1244 This international conference for small states´ specialists will focus on security and defencepolicy choices and challenges of NATO small states and small NATO partner states in EasternEurope, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Oceania.

One third of NATO members are small states and so are most NATO partner states. The SSANSE research project is a preparedness initiative examining the defence and foreignpolicies of NATO small states and small NATO partner states in the new securityenvironment and examining how NATO might better partner with these states.


  • We welcome contributions on a wide range of topics concerning security anddefence policies of NATO small states and their small states’ partners.
  • We invite scholars to send an abstract, 200-250 words, of their potentialcontribution at the conference and a short bio, 150-200 words.
  • Participants are required to circulate a 1500-word policy brief outlining their findingstwo weeks before the conference. The policy briefs will form the basis for ourdiscussions and be posted o...]]> Public lecture by Jörg Wiegratz: „Power and morals: capitalism, economic fraud and social harm in Africa and beyond“. Mon, 22 May 2017 10:05:00 +0300 http://www.tspmi.vu.lt/en/news/institute-news/public-lecture-by-jorg-wiegratz-power-and-morals-capitalism-economic-fraud-and-social-harm-in-africa-and-beyond-1232 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.

    In the past Jorg Wiegratz has researched global value chains and industrial development, predominantly w...]]> Public Lecture by Sir Malcolm Rifkind "British Foreign Policy after Brexit" Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:52:00 +0300 http://www.tspmi.vu.lt/en/news/institute-news/public-lecture-by-sir-malcolm-rifkind-british-foreign-policy-after-brexit-1058 Sir M. Rifkind who has served at the forefront of British politics for almost forty years will give a lecture of the future of British foreign policy after Brexit. This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet and discuss with a well-known British politician who was Foreign Minister and Minister of Defence as well as having served in other ministries in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Sir M. Rifkind during his lecture will speak on the future of British foreign policy, on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union and NATO and on Britain’s relationship with the Baltic States.


    • Date: Wednesday 14 September 2016
    • Time: 17:00 – 18:15
    • Venue: Institute of International Relations and Political Science 
    • Topic: „British foreign policy after Brexit”


    Speaker: Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Minister of Defence (1992-1995), Foreign Minister (1995-1997) and Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2...]]> Public Lecture by Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar "India: Pivotal Power of Asia" Fri, 19 May 2017 10:37:37 +0300 http://www.tspmi.vu.lt/en/news/institute-news/public-lecture-by-indian-minister-of-state-for-external-affairs-m-j-akbar-india-pivotal-power-of-asia-1231 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. 

    During his lecture Mr. Akbar will give some thoughts about the growth of India and its position in South Asia. He will also ask to give a talk about India‘s relations with other Asian regions and actors, especially with Eastern part of Asia and China.

    M. J. Akbar - Indian politician who is the Minister of Stat for External Affairs since 2016. He is a former journalist, author of a few books and also a former member of Indian Parliament. Read more about the guest here.