The BEAR (Between the EU and Russia) network’s key objective is to promote a better understanding of how the EU and Russia influence and inspire minority politics, integration efforts, and societal contestation on the EU’s eastern borders by: 1) stimulating knowledge development through academic collaborations and connections; 2) conducting high-quality teaching activities across Europe, North America and Russia; and 3) disseminating our knowledge to policymakers, the public and other key constituencies. Our network brings together 25 scholars from 11 universities in six countries to explore attempts to mobilize, influence, protect, and claim regional minority groups on the EU’s eastern borders, as well as how societal actors in the region draw upon, react to, and engage with the overlapping influences of the EU and Russia.

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Moscow Policy Conference, MGIMO University, 16-17 September 2019

August 13, 2019
Evaluating the Potential for Cooperation: the EU, the EEU, and the CSTO
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BEAR Montreal Summer School 2019

June 14, 2019
June 17-22, 2019 CÉRIUM, Université de Montréal PLU 6910 Between the EU and Russia, Zone of Contestation One of the...
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BEAR Montreal Summer School 2019 Graduate Mobility Grants

March 17, 2019
The BEAR Network Summer School Graduate Mobility Grants allow graduate students from partner universities to travel to Montreal to participate...
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Undergraduate Research Field Trip to Latvia and Estonia, February 10-17, 2019

January 29, 2019
Photo credit:  Eight successful applicants from the BEAR Network joined thirteen third-year undergraduate students from the University of Glasgow...
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BEAR Team Workshop and Public Round Table at Wroclaw University – November 29-December 1, 2018

October 5, 2018
The workshop will put together the expertise of the BEAR Network state team members on the policies formulated and implemented by Russia and the EU with regard to the contested areas of diversity and sovereignty in between them.
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