Michael Watkins: Identity Politics: The Key to Understanding the Ukrainian Conflict?

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Michael Watkins is a student in the Russian and European Studies Master’s Programme in International Relations, University of Tampere.

“Out of many, one.”

No I’m not referring to the antiquated de facto motto of the United States of America, but rather to the identity melting pot that is Ukraine. A country of several ethnic, linguistic, and political groups (just to name a few of the countless divisions that may be found in this multifaceted nation), Ukraine has become the new battle ground of identity politics, with each of the seemingly infinite groups all fighting for their own version of Ukraine. Or so one may believe.

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Jessica Diepenbroek: Constructing a fortress Europe against Russia?

Jessica Diepenbroek is a student in the Russian and European Studies Master’s Programme in International Relations, University of Tampere.

In their paper “The New European Disorder” Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard call for the need to rethink European order to solve the current disorder that the Ukraine crisis has exposed. In the centre of the problem is Europe’s need to realise that it’s post-modern order – that it has viewed exceptional and universal – is not going to continue its progress.

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Welcome, new RES students!

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New students have commenced studies in the Russian and European studies master’s programme at the University of Tampere. The group is very international with students from Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, China, Kazakhstan, Spain, Australia, and the United States.

Josh Rose: Paasikivi-Poroshenko: Ukraine’s Path to Peace?

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Josh Rose is a student in the Russian and European Studies Master’s Programme in International Relations. This comment paper was written for Prof. Hanna Ojanen’s  StepIn module, which is an EU-funded course emphasizing the connection between university studies and the professional life.

With an apparent struggle between East and West raging in eastern Ukraine, Kiev must figure out a way to restore its sovereignty and find balance between its two halves. Should Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko take a page from Finland’s former postwar president, Juho Paasikivi?

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RES graduate wins master’s thesis award

Cai Waever, a graduate from the RES master’s programme, has won a second prize at the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies (FAREES) thesis competition.

Weaver’s dissertation Out of sight, out of mind: keeping Russia closeted. A biopolitical analysis of non-normative sexualities in Russia analyzes the law ‘prohibiting the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’ in Russia and aims to understand the law and the mechanisms affecting non-normative sexualities. His study on Russia’s legislation against and experiences of sexual minorities was defended at the Tampere University School of Management in early 2014.

Congratulations, Cai!