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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Futa Ito: Does Ukraine Need a “National” Identity?

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

This response paper summarizes, discusses, and evaluates an article “A Divided Nation? Reconsidering the Role of Identity Politics in the Ukraine Crisis” which was written by Tatiana Zhurzhenko and published in 2014. After summarizing the article, I will evaluate it by outlining its strength and weaknesses, and conclude by arguing that in order to build a well-functioning state, Ukrainians should fully appreciate the diversified culture and history of the country.

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


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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