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„Western Writing and (Mis)understanding about Putin's War Against Ukraine: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly"

2017-09-26 Institute News

Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University will host Dr. Taras Kuzio who will give a presentation titled "Western Writing and (Mis)understanding about Putin's War Against Ukraine: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly". This presentation will be based on his recent research and his book "Putin’s War Against Ukraine. Revolution, Nationalism, and Crime" (2017). Event will take place on 3rd of October, 5:30 PM, room 402.

Dr. Taras Kuzio currently is a Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is an author and editor of sixteen books, including Putin’s War Against Ukraine. Revolution, Nationalism, and Crime (2017), and (with Paul D'Anieri) The Sources of Russia's Great Power Politics: Ukraine and the Challenge to the European Order (2018). Dr. Kuzio is also guest editor of twelve special issues of academic journals, author of 37 book chapters and 99 scholarly articles on post-communist politics, democratisation, transitions, democratic revolutions, nationalism, and European studies. 

Taras Kuzio received a BA in Economics from the University of Sussex, an MA in Area Studies (USSR-Eastern Europe) from the University of London, a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, England and studied as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University. Dr. Kuzio is also guest editor of twelve special issues of academic journals, author of 37 book chapters and 99 scholarly articles.

Dr. Taras Kuzio's bio.

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Prof. Sergei Guriev's open lecture "Growth Prospects and Challenges in Eastern Europe"

2017-09-20 Institute News

Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania invite you to prof. Sergei Guriev's lecture "Growth Prospects and Challenges in Eastern Europe".

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EU-STRAT’s Midterm Conference forthcoming in October 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania

2017-07-05 Institute News

Institute of International relations and Political Science of Vilnius University together with 10 partners would like to invite you to the Midterm Conference of EU-STRAT Project. The Midterm Conference will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, October 5 - 6, 2017 (VU IIRPS Vokiečių str. 10, Vilnius, room 402).

EU-STRAT fully titled as “The EU and Eastern Partnership Countries: An Inside-Out Analysis and Strategic Assessment” is an international research project that studies the relationship between the European Union and the countries in the European Eastern neighbourhood. As EU-STRAT has been running since May 2016 and this midterm conference is dedicated to present EU-STRAT’s intermediary research findings, related to varieties of social orders in Eastern Partnership countries, interdependencies with and soft power by the EU and Russia, and feature insights and debates on the future of the Eastern Partnership. Bringing together participants from the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries, as well as third countries, project team seeks to continue raising awareness of EU-STRAT's research agenda, one which is highly relevant in today's political climate.

The midterm conference features keynote speeches by Leszek Balcerowicz (Professor at  the Warsaw School of Economics, former Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko) and Vassilis Maragos (European Commission, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations) followed by  the roundtable discussion on the future of the Eastern Partnership. Prof. Tanja A. Börzel (The Jean Monnet Chair at the Center for European Integration, the Freie Universität Berlin), Dr. Taras Kuzio (Center for Transatlantic Relations School of Advanced International Relations John's Hopkins University), Dzianis Melyantsou (Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies) and Khatuna Salukvadze (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Lithuania) will be among the discussants. All project partners, invited guests, and interested public will have an opportunity to discuss EU-STRAT’s intermediary findings and debate its future research agenda throughout the conference.

Please find further information on EU-STRAT on our website www.eu-strat.eu

Please find the programme of the event here.

Please follow this link to register for the conference.

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Public lecture by Jörg Wiegratz: „Power and morals: capitalism, economic fraud and social harm in Africa and beyond“.

2017-05-22 Institute News

On the occasion of International Africa Days, dr. Jor Wiegratz will give a lecture „Power and morals: capitalism, economic fraud and social harm in Africa and beyond“. Event will take place on 26th of May (Friday), at 3:00 p.m. in room 304.  Jörg Wiegratz is Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development at the University of Leeds. He researches the political economy and moral economy of neoliberalism in Africa and elsewhere. In the seminar, he will argue that capitalism is a moral order and moral economy, i.e. has a moral grammar. Capitalism’s moral order, together with its political-economic order, has over the last centuries produced vast social harms in numerous places, from large-scale colonial slavery, imperial wars, and workplace injuries and deaths, to climate change effects. J.Wiegratz will focus on one particularly relevant case: the massive and increasing levels of economic fraud in many countries across the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa.

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25 Years of Inspiration! 25th anniversary of Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University

2017-02-01 Institute News

Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (IIRPS VU) will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on 7th of February, 2017.

It will be a whole week of festivities at our Institute on 6th-10th of February. We have an idea to share inspirational stories of our staff, alumni, friends and partners. During the week, there will be 25 meetings with inspiring people from our community who will give short 25 minute speeches. They will share their interests, experiences, struggles and success stories.

We are happy to invite to the meeting with, H.E. Ambassador of United States of America Ms. Anne Hall on Thursday, 9 February at 11:25 a.m. Madam Ambassador will give a talk on topic "Be open to unexpected".

On Friday we welcome you to join our birthday reception at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, which will take start at 6:00 p.m. on 10th of February, 2017.

Reception will be followed by the party at the „Tamsta“ club (A.Strazdelio str. 1, Vilnius) from 9 p.m. and will extend late into the night. IIRPS Studens and Alumni band, and special guest, DJ Gintaras, will be performing. Entrance fee - 5€. 

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