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 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.

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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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NARVA SUMMER SCHOOL, JULY 5-10, 2021

August 7, 2020
The ‘Soft Power’ of the EU and Russia in Divided Societies Due to COVID-19, the BEAR Narva Summer School at...
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POSTPONED: BEAR Narva Summer School 2020

February 7, 2020
  Note: Due to COVID-19, the Narva Summer School has been postponed until July 5-10, 2021. Please see this post...
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