The Winter School of the 2015 intake of the Cross-Border International Relations Double Degree Programme was hosted by the School of International Relations of the St. Petersburg State University in 21–25 November 2016.
The programme of the school included a FIRST funded Intensive Course The EU-Russia Conflict after 2014: Implications for the Baltic Sea Region as well master’s thesis seminar sessions for the CBIR double degree students. The programme also included visits to the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg and the Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg.
At the Consulate General the students presented their analyses about EU-Russia relations and ideas about how to improve these relations in the future.
At the intensive course, various topics dealing with the changing poltical dynamics in the Baltic Sea Region were discussed. Ass. Prof. Dmitri Lanko lectured on the future of relations between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union. Researcher Matti Pesu explained what the implications of the EU-Russia conflict are for Finnish and Swedish foreign and security policies and Professor Tuomas Forsberg gave a lecture on the Future of EU-Russia Relations.
In addition to lectures and academic visits, the Winter School encouraged students to intercultural communication, to share and learn from each other’s academic and personal experiences.
An informal get-together was also organised as part of the Winter School.