Event summary: Joining hands for Syria’s future, 4 April 2016


A panel discussion on the conflict of Syria took place at the University of Tampere on 4 April 2016. The event was organized by the CBIR / Russian and European Studies Master Programme students in conjunction with the course “Stepping Stones for Working Life in the Field of EU-Russia Relations” and with the support of the Jean Monnet Progamme of the European Commission.

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The Arctic – A Discussion Event on Topical Matters

arctic ice
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Date: 3 May 2016, 16-18
Venue: OASIS, Pinni B, University of Tampere (Kanslerinrinne 1)

Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, Postdoctoral researcher, the Arctic Center, the University of Lapland

Juha Käpylä, Research fellow, Global Security Research Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Dr. Teemu Palosaari, Postdoctoral researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute

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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

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Welcome, new RES students!


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?


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!