Tampere, 4 April 2016: “Joining Hands for Syria’s Future: Prospects for Cooperation between the EU and Russia?”


4 April 2016, 14-16 o’clock

Paavo Koli Auditorium, PinniA, University of Tampere (Kanslerinrinne 1)

Mikko Patokallio, Analyst in Crisis Management Initiative’s (CMI) Programme Management Office (PMO).

Ms. Irina Petrova, PhD fellow at the Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) Institute, University of Leuven

Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow

Mr. Jukka Huusko, Staff Writer at Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, former Cairo correspondent, Helsinki

On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised the international community with an order to begin the withdrawal of the “main part” of Russian forces from Syria. Putin argued that the six-month military intervention had achieved its objectives. What is Putin thinking? What have the objectives of Russia’s involvement in Syria been and what kind of a role will it play from now on?

The European Union claims that it is playing a significant role in the Syrian crisis. The EU has mobilized significant amounts of humanitarian aid and stabilization assistance. Yet, one may argue that its role and influence in the political and security process has been limited while the USA, Russia and regional powers have held larger sway on the dynamics of the Syrian crisis. Should and could the EU play a more significant role in the crisis? What are the different options for an EU political strategy? And does the EU need Russia for Syria?

Russia’s withdrawal may also have an impact on the Syrian peace process that have been bedevilled by conflicts over the composition of the delegations. How to bring all parties to the table? Are there any prospects for peace in the Syrian conflict?

Would you like to have an answer to these questions and more? Welcome to a panel discussion about the crisis in Syria organized by the Master’s Programme in Russian and European Studies, University of Tampere.

The panel discussion forms part of the Jean Monnet course “Stepping Stones to Working Life in the Field of EU-Russia Relations” (STEPIN) held at the University of Tampere 4-8 April. For  more information about the course, please, see http://www.uta.fi/jkk/jmc/stepin.html.

Coffee will be served before the event.

For more  information, please, contact Ms. Julia Simpanen, julia.simpanen@uta.fi

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