Eastern Platform Seminar 2016 at Tartu

On March 18-19, 2016, a two-day seminar was organized by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies of the University of Tartu and the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) of the University of Tartu, in cooperation with Eastern Platform-Platform Ukraine, a multidisciplinary project based at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES), University College London. The event was generously supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.

Eastern Platform-Platform Ukraine is a multi-disciplinary initiative aimed to analyse and better understand the Ukrainian crisis of 2014 by creating a unified resource and network of academics studying the post-socialist space which has the ambition to develop and grow as a forum and incubator to promote high quality research and knowledge sharing on the broader post-Soviet space.

Academic conveners of the event are Dr. Stefano Braghiroli (University of Tartu), Prof. Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu), and Anna-Cara Keim (University College London).

The seminar gave an opportunity to discuss the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis and its expansive destabilization potential in the region and globally. The event sought to shed light on the evolution of the crisis and its impact on the nature of the EU-Russia relations at a time when few dare to predict how events will unfold in the future. Conflict in Ukraine has potential to crystallize into a new frozen conflict, thereby posing an additional challenge not only to the post-Cold War security architecture in Europe, but also to agreed definitions of “borders” and “neighbourhoods”. At the same time, acute global challenges may pave the way to functional rapprochement between Moscow and the West which could reduce the conflict in Ukraine to a factor of secondary relevance.

The full programme of the conference is available at the conference website.