Register Now: “Bridging the EU and Russia” Policy Conference (Event 1)

Registration for the first event of the BEAR Policy Conference, held on May 4th, 2021 at 15:00-17:15 CET (Brussels) is now open. You may register for the event via Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link here, or by clicking on the conference poster above.

This capstone series of Zoom events brings together Brussels practitioners and BEAR scholars to discuss the theme “Bridging the EU and Russia.” The May 4 event on the Eastern Partnership will feature an academic panel by Juliet Johnson (McGill University), Tom Casier (Brussels School of International Studies), and Yulia Nikitina (Moscow State University of International Relations), moderated by Mr. Vassilis Maragos (Head of Unit, DG NEAR: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Eastern Partners). It will be followed immediately by a keynote address by Professor Timothy Colton of Harvard University.


Hours below are listed in CET (Brussels) time. Please note that the time displayed under the “Date and Time” column on the right side of the Eventbrite page reflects your current time zone.

15:00-15:10  Introduction to the BEAR network by Juliet Johnson, McGill University, Magdalena Dembinska, University of Montreal, and to the policy conference by Maria Koinova, University of Warwick.

15:10 – 16:10 – Eastern Partnership Panel

  • Juliet Johnson, McGill University: “Financial Nationalism in the EU’s East”
  • Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Studies: “Russia, the EU and Ukraine”
  • Yulia Nikitina, Moscow State University of International Relations: “Dialogue between the EU and the Eurasian Union”
  • Commentator: Vassilis Maragos, Head of Unit, DG NEAR (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Eastern Partners), European Commission

16:15 – 17:15 – Academic Keynote Speech, Prof. Timothy Colton, Harvard University: “Russia and the EU in Light of Recent Thinking about International Regions.”

This event is held as a Zoom webinar. You will receive a Zoom webinar link upon registration. If you are having trouble accessing the link, please contact Ewa Nizalowska, BEAR Network Coordinator, at

Please note that participants will be admitted to the Zoom webinar 5-10 minutes before the start of the event.

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