Between the EU and Russia (BEAR) Jean Monnet 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. BEAR Network brings together 26 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.

Upcoming events

BEAR Collaborative Writing Workshop: Budapest, 16-18 June 2022

This is an intensive, in-person writing workshop for BEAR Network faculty who are currently working on research projects related to...
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BEAR-PONARS EURASIA CONFERENCE: Policy briefs published

May 23, 2022
BEAR-PONARS conference policy briefs are now available to read here.  
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BEAR Collaborative Writing Workshop: Budapest, 16-18 June 2022

May 1, 2022
This is an intensive, in-person writing workshop for BEAR Network faculty who are currently working on research projects related to...
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BEAR-PONARS EURASIA CONFERENCE, APRIL 29-30, 2022

March 9, 2022
BEAR-PONARS Eurasia Conference “Between the EU and Russia: Domains of Diversity and Contestation”  April 29-30, 2022, in Washington, DC This is...
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Roundtable: The War in Ukraine, March 14, 2022, 3-4pm (GMT)

March 8, 2022
  The roundtable will shed light on the current political developments in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion in February 2022 and...
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Russia’s Attack on Ukraine: An Expert Roundtable, March 9, 2022, 3.30-5pm (EST)

March 2, 2022
  Russia’s Attack on Ukraine An Expert Roundtable 9 March 2022, via Zoom 15:30-17:00 EST Register now via Eventbrite here....
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Jean Monnet Centre Speaker Series: Maria Koinova, “Diaspora Entrepreneurs and Contested States in Europe”

April 9, 2021
On April 8, 2021, BEAR Member Maria Koinova (University of Warwick) gave a talk on her new book, Diaspora Entrepreneurs...
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BRUSSELS BEAR POLICY CONFERENCE, MAY 4-18, 2021

March 21, 2021
"Bridging the EU and Russia" Policy Conference of the EU Jean Monnet Network “Between the EU and Russia” (BEAR) 4,...
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Publication: “Dealing with Russia: Towards a Coherent Belgian Policy”

December 14, 2020
Laura Vansina, PhD researcher at the Institute for European Studies (VUB) & University of Warwick and 2019/2020 BEAR Graduate Mobility...
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Publication: Disinformation in the Western Balkans

December 5, 2020
Samuel Greene has published a paper titled "Mapping Fake News and Disinformation in the Western Balkans and Identifying Ways to...
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