“Bridging the EU and Russia”: BEAR Network 2021 Policy Conference, 4-18 May 2021 (online)

Event 1 (4 May 2021): Eastern Partnership Panel and Keynote Speech

00:00-7:37 – Introduction to the BEAR network
Juliet Johnson, McGill University, Magdalena Dembinska, University of Montreal, and to the policy conference by Maria Koinova, University of Warwick.

7:38 – 1:02:40 – Eastern Partnership Panel
Juliet Johnson, McGill University: “Financial Nationalism in the EU’s East”
Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Studies: “The Ukraine Crisis: Further from a Solution and Closer to Escalation?”
Yulia Nikitina, Moscow State University of International Relations: “Dialogue between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union”
Commentator (policy perspective): Vassilis Maragos, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG NEAR.

1:02:41 – 1:45:57 – Keynote Speech
Prof. Timothy Colton, Harvard University: “Russia and the EU in Light of Recent Thinking about International Regions”

Event 2 (11 May 2021): Conflict Management in the EU Neighborhood and EU, Russia and Regional Dynamics Panels

00:00 – 38:42 – Conflict Management in the EU Neighborhood Panel
Joan DeBardeleben, Carleton University: “EU’s Russia Policy: Are Crisis Management and ‘Small Steps’ Adequate?”
Eiki Berg, University of Tartu: “Can European Brakes Slow Down Russia’s Drive in Secessionist Conflicts?”
Richard Youngs, University of Warwick/Carnegie Europe: “Democracy, Conflict and Mediation: the Eastern Partnership’s Uneasy Triangle”
Commentator (policy perspective): Lawrence Meredith, Director, DG NEAR, Neighbourhood East, European Commission

38:43 – 1:18:33 – EU, Russia and Regional Dynamics Panel
Dimitar Bechev, Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna: “Russia’s Influence in Southeast Europe”
Anna Ohanyan, Stonehill College: “Between Liberal Peacebuilding and Militarization in “Post-Soviet” Conflicts in Eurasia: the Case of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict”
Commentator (policy perspective): Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General for Policy Affairs, European Union External Action Service

Event 3 (18 May 2021): Migration and Citizenship Politics and EU, Russia and Minority Politics Panel

00:00 – 49:30 – Migration and Citizenship Politics Panel
Maria Koinova, University of Warwick: “Diaspora Politics and Conflict Processes in the European Neighborhood”
Oxana Shevel, Tufts University: “The Politics of Dual Citizenship in the Post-Soviet States”
Myra Waterbury, Ohio University: “The Policy Implications of Divided Nationhood in the European Neighborhood: Lessons from the Case of Hungary”
Commentator: Tom Snels, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission

49:31 – 1:41:52 – EU, Russia and Minority Politics Panel
Zsuzsa Csergo, Queen’s University: “The Problem of Alienated Russophone Minorities Caught between the EU and Russia”
Jennie Schulze, Duquesne University: “Russia’s Soft Power Agenda and Public Diplomacy: Lessons from the Baltic States”
Kristina Kallas, University of Tartu: “Is Russian Minority a State Security Risk in the Baltic States?”
Commentator: Marina Kaljurand, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

1:41:53 – 1:49:32 – Closing Remarks
Maria Koinova, conference organizer, University of Warwick; Juliet Johnson, McGill University; and Magdalena Dembinska, University of Montreal