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TEPSA Newsletter December 2015 Edition

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Editorial

'Status Quo of TEPSA'

After the difficulties we encountered in 2014, let us share our positive assessment about the future of TEPSA.  In the past months TEPSA was able - because of the help of the whole network - to continue its well established work including the Pre-Presidential Conferences in Riga 2014, Luxembourg 2015 and The Hague 2015. Our special thanks go to the TEPSA member institutes in Riga (Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Luxembourg (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Européennes Robert Schuman) and The Hague (Clingendael) for the excellent organisation and cooperation.

Three renowned organisations applied for membership, and after a careful scrutiny by the TEPSA Board and presentations on their work, the General Assembly in The Hague welcomed them with an unanimous vote: the Department of European Studies and International Relations of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus; the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo; and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montenegro, Podgorica.

TEPSA also succeeded to get the ERASMUS+ Jean Monnet PONT project with which we will pursue a highly promising set of activities in the interest of our member institutes - especially in view of the annual professional skills training for young academics/young professionals. TEPSA is also partner in a major Horizon 2020 project on the EU and Turkey relations (FEUTURE), which offers TEPSA extended opportunities to participate in the policy formulation on this highly relevant topic for the EU. Plans for the TEPSA Pre-Presidential Conferences in Bratislava (2-3 June 2016) and Malta (November/December 2016) are well on their way.

On this firm and consolidated basis we can in 2016 plan for even more worthwhile activities in the years to come. During the General Assembly in The Hague we had a separate brainstorming session on TEPSA's future vision and mission. We will take up the new ideas and continue to adapt the association to the needs of its member institutes and current EU realities. Given the current positive outlook for the association, the upcoming election for the new TEPSA Board, would be a good opportunity for a shift of responsibilities to a younger generation within the TEPSA network. We are very open for your suggestions and proposals in this regard. As to the procedure the present Board will come up with suggestions before the Bratislava PPC.

TEPSA  looks forward to even more cooperation in the near future, in the PONT and the FEUTURE projects and beyond.

Wolfgang Wessels, Chairperson of the Board

Jaap W. de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary-General

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute

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Introducing the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo (NUPI)

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs is a leading centre for research on international issues in areas of particular relevance to Norwegian foreign policy. We communicate research-based insights to the Norwegian public as well as to wider international audiences, and are committed to excellence, relevance and credibility in all our work. NUPI has three main pillars of research and expertise: security and risk, growth and development, and international order and governance. The Security and Risk pillar covers traditional security and defence policy and peace operations, as well as other aspects of risk in Norwegian foreign policy related to greater investment, travel and presence abroad. Growth and development focuses on the emerging powers, international economics and developmental issues. Order and governance covers the multilateral system, regional organizations and how diplomacy as an institution works and evolves.

At NUPI we undertake basic as well as applied research and advisory services, always striving for sound, theory-informed foundations in our work. A central principle is interdisciplinary collaboration, within the institute and with other institutions in Norway and abroad.  We aim to be relevant both for professionals in international politics and for the general public in Norway. NUPI’s researchers participate actively in the public debate in their fields of expertise and make frequent appearances in the media.

International scholars from around the world attend the Institute as guest researchers or visiting fellows. NUPI is an important forum for discussion and debate in Norway and internationally, and organizes frequent meetings and events – lectures, seminars, and conferences. All our work is made available in a wide range of publications, most of which are accessible on NUPI’s website.

NUPI was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 1959. The institute is a state body under the Ministry of Education and Research, but operates independently as a non-political institution in all its professional activities. Main sources of funding for research at NUPI are the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. Support also comes from private companies and international funding sources, such as the EU.

NUPI’s Director is professor Ulf Sverdrup, and the Chair of the Board is Kate Hansen Bundt.

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News from TEPSA Secretariat

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Farewell to Laura Ventura

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is time for me to say Goodbye to all of you after an enjoyable and very fruitful experience I had at TEPSA for almost six years, cooperating with an enthusiastic and so diverse network.

This column would be too long to describe every memory, to list all successful projects I had the chance to collaborate on, I can only say that TEPSA means a lot, also as it corresponds to my longest working experience in the same organisation so far.

New horizon will lead me not too far from TEPSA headquarters, to another promising opportunity, working at the European Commission’s DG International Cooperation and Development.

I will remain close to TEPSA from one way or another and will be pleased to hear about the new developments of the association which will prove themselves I am sure, very positive.

I would like to thank all the people I met during this enriching half decade, and wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year 2016!

Laura Ventura

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Two vacancies at the TEPSA office in Brussels

TEPSA is currently looking for two new colleagues: a Project Officer (part-time or fulltime, 1 year contract) and an Intern (paid internship, four months period). Both positions are based in Brussels and are to be filled early 2016.

The Project Officer role would suit a candidate with some years of professional experience in EU affairs. The tasks of the Project Officer include project management, office management, reporting, research and application writing. More information on the tasks, requirements and the application procedure, can be found here.

The Internship would best suit a candidate who has obtained a master's degree in European studies, political science or public administration, and with experience in EU projects or in organising activities in the field of EU affairs. More information on the internship can be found here.

New TEPSA PROJECT, FEUTURE : the Future of EU-Turkey Relations. Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios

FEUTURE is a TEPSA project on EU-Turkey relations that will last for three years starting from the 1 April 2016 till the 30 March 2019. TEPSA is currently exploring how its member institutes can become substantially involved in the project as well.

FEUTURE sets out to explore fully different options for further EU-Turkey cooperation in the next decade, including analysis of the challenges and opportunities connected with further integration of Turkey with the EU. To do so, FEUTURE applies a comprehensive research approach with the following three main objectives:

• Mapping the dynamics of the EU-Turkey relationship in terms of their underlying historical narratives and thematic key drivers.

• Testing and substantiating the most likely scenario(s) for the future and assessing the implications (challenges and opportunities) these may have on the EU and Turkey, as well as the neighbourhood and the global scene.

• Drawing policy recommendations for the EU and Turkey on the basis of a strong evidence-based foundation in the future trajectory of EU-Turkey relations.

The consortium will be lead by Prof. W. Wessels as coordinator and Dr. Nathalie Tocci, IAI, as scientific coordinator, with Dr. Funda Tekin as project director.

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SUMMIT Kick-off Conference, 28-29 January 2016, Brussels

 

The SUMMIT project (Studying the European Council – Mastering and Disseminating Knowledge about a Key Institution) is dedicated to the European Council, and aims to contribute to the promotion of European Union studies by providing the latest research-based knowledge about this key institution.

The SUMMIT‘s Kick-off Conference gathers leading scholars, high-level EU practitioners and up-and-coming young academics. It defines the state of the art about the “under-researched” key institution and encourages a academic debate about the European Council.

The conference is focused on research on the European Council and will gather leading scholars, high-level EU practitioners and up-and-coming young academics. The conference also offers the opportunity for younger colleagues to be involved as rapporteur or commentator to a panel. More information about the conference will follow.

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Don’t forget to share your news with your colleagues! PADEMIA, via its website, mailing list and newsletter offers a splendid opportunity to make information on your work, research, events and publications available to a wide audience of researchers and practitioners.

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News from TEPSA Member Institutes

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News from the College of Europe

Visiting Fellowship at the EU-China Research Centre The EU-China Research Centre, based in the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, offers a Visiting Fellowship to scholars working in the field of EU-China relations wishing to spend a research stay at the College in 2016. The application deadline is 8 January …

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News from the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po

Sciences Po is recruiting an assistant professor (tenure track) in Sociology, with a specialization in Sociology of Europe / Sociology of Globalization The Centre d’études européennes and the Department of Sociology have created this position for the purpose of strengthening the laboratory’s research program on European integration and its effects on European states and societies. The complete job description is …

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New project: “Lobbying and framing in foreign policy. EU and member states’ foreign policies towards Israel and Palestine” (LOBFRAM), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF-EF) CEE Scientific in charge: Benedetta VOLTOLINI LOBFRAM aims to advance our understanding of lobbying and framing in foreign policy in the European Union’s (EU) system of multi-level governance. While lobbying in the EU has received a lot of …

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News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

The three year Jean Monnet support to institutions action “POLO-Cro28 – Policy Observatory in Croatia” was officially launched with the round table  “Challenges of the European Semester for the new EU member states and Croatia – how to proceed?” on the 25th of November 2015 in the House of Europe in Zagreb. The event was organised in cooperation with the European …

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Project 'Cooperation for innovative approach in sustainable forest management training (CIA2SFM)'

IRMO is partner on the ERASMUS + project “Cooperation for innovative approach in sustainable forest management training (CIA2SFM)”. The project is coordinated by Croatian Forest Research Institute and involves six other organisations – IRMO, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) from Austria, Austrian Research Center for Forests (BFW), Slovenian Forest Institute, Slovenia Forest Service and Slovenian Institute for …

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News from the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) will coordinate the H2020 project EUNPACK, starting in 2016. The project will focus on EU crisis response mechanisms, in order to improve their conflict sensitivity and efficiency. EUNPACK will bring together researchers from all over Europe with expertise on the EU and on conflict. This enables a systematic evaluation not only of the …

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News from the Lithuanian Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences

Institute of International Relations and Political Science and partners won Horizon 2020 Funding Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius university together with partners won Horizon 2020  funding for the project “The EU and Eastern Partnership Countries: An Inside-Out Analysis and Strategic Assessment“. The main goal of the project is to investigate under what conditions the EU’s strategies and …

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News from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Susanna Huovinen chairs FIIA Advisory Council FIIA Advisory Council, appointed by the Chancellery Commission of the Finnish Parliament, convened in its current composition for the first time on 22 September. The Council selected MP Susanna Huovinen to chair and MP Antti Kaikkonen to vice-chair the body. The Council’s duties include monitoring the Institute’s operations and liaising with relevant FIIA stakeholders. …

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News from the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies

The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies receives funding for a New Arctic project The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) recently awarded grants to new Nordic collaborative research projects. Among them is a new network on the sociocultural aspects of climate change in the North Atlantic Gateway to the Arctic (Northgate). The network …

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Upcoming Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

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Upcoming monthly seminar 'Relations between Hungary and Germany: from the elimination of the iron curtain to the erection of a new fence', 17 December 2015, Budapest, Hungary

17 December 2015, Budapest Europe Club, monthly seminar, „Relations between Hungary and Germany: from the elimination of the iron curtain to the erection of a new fence”, by Sándor Peisch, former ambassador of Hungary to Berlin and Vienna

Forthcoming Conference presentation: 16 December, 2015, Bruxelles Andrea Szalavetz at the ETUI workshop: Factors driving and inhibiting the design of a post-FDI development …

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Upcoming Small States Winter School 24 – 30 January 2016, Vilnius

The Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University in collaboration with the Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland offers an intensive five day winter course sponsored by an Erasmus+ grant, focusing on the changes in the security environment after the annexation of Crimea and their impact on small states in Europe. Students from …

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Upcoming conference, 'Statehood and its Discontents: Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia', 15-17 June 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania

Joint Miami University Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science Conference “Statehood and its Discontents: Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia” June 15-17, 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania, Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science In the post-Cold War era territorial borders have been continuously contested during the wars in Chechnya, …

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Conference on 'The Politics of International Relations', 23-25 June 2016, Centre of International relations (CIR), University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The CEEISA-ISA conference on “The Politics of International Relations”, 23rd-25th June 2016, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre of International relations (CIR), University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA) and International Studies Association (ISA) are organizing a major joint conference next June in Ljubljana. Conference Programme Chairs are Glenn Palmer, Pennsylvania State University and Wolfgang …

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Past Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

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Past events at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI), 8 December 2015, Oslo, Norway

Seminar on “NordStream 2 - A challenge to common EU energy policy?”, 8 December 2015, The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo This seminar addresses several key questions debated today in Europe in connection with the planned realization of one of the strategic and partly controversial European energy projects, the construction of the NordStream 2 pipeline under the Baltic …

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ENURC project seminar: From a “Strategic Partnership” to a Strategic Problem? Whither EU-Russian Relations, 4 December 2015, Helsinki, Finland

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs and TEPSA organised a project seminar organised on From a “Strategic Partnership” to a Strategic Problem? Whither EU-Russian Relations, on Friday 4 December 2015. Dramatic changes in the European security environment resulting from the Ukraine crisis have cast a shadow over EU-Russia relations, which had been lacking a positive momentum also before. Russia’s more …

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TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in the Hague, 19-20 November 2015, The Hague, Netherlands

The Pre-Presidency conference for the upcoming Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union took place on 19 and 20 November in The Hague, the Netherlands. The conference was organised by the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), and with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the …

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Past events at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), October-December 2015, Berlin, Germany

IEP Lunch Debate with Elmar Brok, MEP: “Megatrends in European Integration” Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, spoke about ‘Megatrends in European Integration’ during the Institute for European Politics’ (IEP) Lunch Debate on 4 December 2015 at the Representation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt in Berlin. Brok’s presentation and the following discussion dealt …

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Past events from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), October-December 2015, Stockholm, Sweden

Seminar: Intelligent Foreign Policy, 11 December 2015 The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) together with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), welcome you to a discussion on information exchange, early warning and sense-making for smarter EU action on the foreign policy arena. Read more and register on: http://www.ui.se/evenemang/intelligent-foreign-policy Seminar: Europe and its Southern Neighbourhood: Promoting Change or …

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Past events from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), October-November 2015, Riga, Latvia

October 20, “Preventing Nuclear War in Northern Europe” In the roundtable discussion, organised in a close cooperation with the Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies at the Swedish Defence University and the Stimson Center (USA), participants discussed two nuclear war scenarios in the Baltic region and their prevention possibilities. The discussion also focused on the option to establish …

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ENURC event 22 October 2015, Riga, Latvia 'Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia'

October 22, “Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia” The public discussion was aimed at providing an expert assessment, and discussing with the society how the EU and Russia affect the economic situation in the Eastern Partnership states and assessing the social and political implications of this influence. The goal was to identify the available legal and strategic tools …

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Past events from the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos, September-December 2015, Madrid, Spain

16.09.2015 – Conference `Transatlantic Conversation: Confronting Common Security Challenges´. Organised by the Wilson Center (Washington D.C.) Experts´ conference on security and transatlantic relations at the Wilson Center. Participants in the conference included: The King of Spain. Jane Harman, director, president and CEO at The Wilson Center. Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, president at Elcano Royal Institute. Bruce Hoffman Director at Center …

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Past events from the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, September-December 2015, Budapest, Hungary

20 October 2015 Budapest Europe Club monthly seminar, “Hungary’s performance in the light of the EU-2020 programme”, presented by Zoltán Pitti, Corvinus University, Budapest

13 November 2015, Budapest Presentation of the special “Hungarian number” of Südost-europa (no. 3/2015), “Hungary’s Path toward an illiberal system”, (guest editor, introductory remarks and conference organization and moderation by András Inotai)

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Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland, October-November 2015, Reykjavík, Iceland

The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland has organized a number of open seminars on various topics this fall semester. The seminars include: October 19. The Science of Disaster Management. Robin Grimes, the Chief Scientific Adviser of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland October …

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Publications from TEPSA Member Institutes

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TEPSA Board member Ian Begg contributes to the debate on the UK referendum

TEPSA Board member Ian Begg is one of a number of senior fellows contributing to the 'UK in a changing Europe' initiative. This is intended to bring academic research into the public debate around the UK referendum. The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative promotes rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the …

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Latest publications from the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po

Edited books

Cremaschi, Marco, Delpirou, Aurélien, Rivière, Dominique, et al, (dir.). Métropoles et régions, entre concurrences et complémentarités. Regards croisés France/Italie. Roma: Planum, 2015. 168 p.  

Guiraudon, Virginie, Ruzza, Carlo, Trenz, Hans-Jörg, (eds.). Europe's Prolonged Crisis: The Making or the Unmaking of a Political Union. Série Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 320 p., http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/Europes-Prolonged-Crisis/?K=9781137493668 …

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Call for contributions by the College of Europe

Call for Contributions for the EU-China Observer #1.16 on the topic of China’s Market Economy Status in EU-China relations - Submission deadline: 15 January 2016 The Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations and the EU-China Research Centre at the College of Europe (Bruges) are calling for contributions to the first issue of the EU-China Observer of 2016. The issue …

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Latest publications from the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)

De Carvalho, Benjamin and Neumann, Iver B., Small states status seeking. Norway’s quest for international standing. Routledge, 2015. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415750363

Godzimirski, Jakub (ed), EU leadership in Energy and Environmental Governance? Global and Local Challenges and Responses. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/EU-Leadership-in-Energy-and-Environmental-Governance/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137502759

Gornitzka, Åse and Sverdrup, Ulf, The Expert-Executive Nexus in the European Administrative System: Expert Groups and the European Commission, in The

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Latest publications from the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP)

Yearbook of European Integration 2015 published The Yearbook of European Integration published by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin documents and balances the European integration process from 1980 to the present. The result of 35 years of continuous work is a uniquely comprehensive account of European contemporary history. The “Yearbook of European Integration 2015” continues that tradition. In …

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Latest publications from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

Schmidt-Felzmann, A. (2015) The EU's relations with Russia: off balance and beyond repair? in Antonina Bakardjieva-Engelbrekt, Lars Oxelheim and Thomas Persson (eds) The EU's Role in Fighting Global Imbalances. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar. http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/the-eu-s-role-in-fighting-global-imbalances

Schmidt-Felzmann, A. (2015) A Northern perspective on Russia's challenge to European Security and sagaciousness. In A. Spruds (ed) Riga Dialogue: Towards a Shared Security …

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Latest publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

Diāna PotjomkinaA More Geopolitical Eastern Partnership: U-Turn or “The Lady’s Not For Turning”? – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2015. – 19 p. http://liia.lv/en/publications/a-more-geopolitical-eastern-partnership-u-turn-or-/

On November 18, a Joint Communication on the “Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy” was published by the European Commission and the EU’s High Representative. This is the result of the ambitious consultation process on …

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Latest publications from the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia. From Seville to Brussels: the architecture of global presence. 9.10.2015. The purpose of this paper is to understand the global-local link in the external projection of countries. It breaks down the Elcano Global Presence Index by geographical origin for both the European Union (into member states) and for one particular European country, namely Spain. http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/wps/portal/web/rielcano_en/contenido?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/elcano/elcano_in/zonas_in/ari51-2015-olivie-gracia-from-seville-to-brussels-the-architecture-of-global-presence …

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Latest publication from Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS)

Publication by IIRPS scholars „Lithuania in the EU: transformation or simulation?" In the framework of the project funded by Research Council of Lithuania the study group consisting of 7 IIRPS researchers leaded by both nationally and internationally known researchers of Europeanization published a book „Lithuania in the EU: transformation or simulation?". In this book analysis of changes in Lithuania during …

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Latest publications from the Institute of World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Zsuzsánna Biedermann: Genocide and destabilisation in Africa Great See region (in Hungarian) Publikon Publishing House, Budapest, 2015. ISBN: 9786155001093

András Inotai: Das Ungarische 'Wirtschaftswunder' ist nicht nachhaltig, In: Europäische Rundschau, 43 Jahrgang, Nummer 3/2015, pp 59-66

András Inotai: Hungary’s Path Toward an Illiberal System – October 2015, Südosteuropa, Special Issue Vol. 63, 2/2015

András Inotai: Die Maer vom “Retter Europas”, Der …

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Latest publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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Veera Laine, Toivo Martikainen, Katri Pynnöniemi & Sinikukka Saari: Zugzwang in slow motion? The implications of Russia’s system-level crisis, Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/554/zugzwang_in_slow_motion/

FIIA Briefing Papers

Kristi Raik, Niklas Helwig & Tuomas Iso-Markku: Crafting the EU global strategy: Building blocks for a stronger Europe Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/553/crafting_the_eu_global_strategy/

Katja Creutz: National Courts and Foreign Policy: Prosecuting

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Latest publications from the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies

The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) strives for robust publication on international affairs in Iceland. Here are some of the most recent publications:

Alyson JK Bailes. Nordic and Arctic Affairs: Small States in the Arctic: What Impact from Russia-West Tensions? Centre for Small State Studies, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – Research Consortium – Small State Briefs, 5 October 2015 http://ams.hi.is/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Small-State-Brief-7-Nordic-and-Arctic-Affairs.pdf …

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Public consultation of the European Commission

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European Commission's public consultation on 'A renewed Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education in the European Union'

The European Union aims to support higher education institutions and national authorities responsible for higher education to build highly effective higher education systems. The EU's priorities in the area of higher education are currently set out in its "Agenda for the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems"

In a fast changing world, it is important that the EU's priorities and activities reflect the real needs of higher education in Europe. For this reason, the European Commission is currently reviewing the existing agenda to ensure what it does is as useful as possible.

Target groups include students, higher education institution staff and researchers, social partner organisations representing employers and workers, governmental bodies, relevant associations, and umbrella organisations.

The period of consultation is between 27/11/2015 to 29/02/2016.

More information can be found here.