Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) – Autumn 2014

Seminar, “The New EU Institutions; What Changes ahead?”, Mark Rhinard
25 November 2014, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), in cooperation with the Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies, hosted a discussion on the latest trends shaping how the EU institutions operate and interact.

Much has changed in the EU in 2014. Elections to the European Parliament altered the contours of its party politics. A new Commission President was appointed using a new nomination system. And both the European Council and External Action Service (EEAS) changed leadership, with heightened expectations. What can we expect from the EU’s institutions in the years ahead? Will the Commission become more politicized? Will the European Council continue to be a driving force? Will the EEAS finally reach its potential? How can the EU shore up its economy, regain the confidence of its citizens and manage security threats in the ‘near abroad’?

Speakers: Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University.

David Earnshaw, Chief Executive Officer of Burson-Marsteller in Brussels.

Michael Shackleton, Professor of European Institutions at Maastricht University. 

Annegret Bendiek, Deputy Head of Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Delegation to Ireland.

Helene Sjursen, Professor at ARENACentre for European Studies at the University of Oslo

The seminar was moderated by Mark Rhinard, Senior Research Fellow and head of the Europe Research Program at UI.

Seminar, “The Dynamics Of Defence Cooperation”
17 November 2014, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) was the host of a discussion that brings together international perspectives on the possibilities and limits of Swedish defence cooperation.

Based on the premise that peace and security can only be achieved in cooperation with others, Tomas Bertelman was commissioned by the Swedish government to make an overview of Swedish defence cooperation, its present and possible future. The report was presented to the Swedish Government on 29 October 2014. What are the possibilities and limits of defence cooperation between the Nordic countries, the EU and NATO? What would be the possible consequences of that? Is this analysis shared by our neighbours?

Presentation by: Tomas Bertelman, Author and former Ambassador.

Comments by: Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland, former Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and British Ambassador to Finland.

Kestutis Jankauskas, Lithuanian Ambassador to NATO.

Eugeniusz Smolar, Senior Fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw, and former President of the Center for International Relations.

The seminar was moderated by Anna Wieslander, deputy Director at UI.