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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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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Glasgow Multi-Methods Workshop – October 3-5, 2018

August 30, 2018
The BEAR 2018 Multi-Method Workshop took place at the University of Glasgow, from October 3-5, 2018.
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