The crisis in Ukraine, Finlandization and International Relations research methods were on the agenda of the Fourth Finnish-Russian Cross-Border International Relations (CBIR) Summer School, which took place in Petrozavodsk, the Republic of Karelia, in early May 2016.
On 3 May 2016 the students of the CBIR programme at the University of Tampere organized a discussion event on the topic of the Arctic. The event was intended to encourge discussion on the Arctic — a complex and dynamically changing region that has recently received significant international attention.
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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Date: 3 May 2016, 16-18
Venue: OASIS, Pinni B, University of Tampere (Kanslerinrinne 1)
Dr. 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
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
Three students graduated from the Cross-Border International Relations (CBIR) master’s programme during autumn/winter 2015. Their master’s theses dealt with a range of issues in European-Russian relations. Congratulations!
During the first week of November, University of Tampere hosts the traditional Cross-Border International Relations autumn school for the sixth time. This year, twenty-seven International Relations students from Saint-Petersburg State University, Petrozavodsk State University and University of Tampere participate at the school. Continue reading
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.
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.