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Ne face plăcere să anunțăm desfășurarea, începând cu joi, 3 noiembrie, a conferinței internaționale ”Geopolitical Challenges of the Russian-Ukrainian War from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean.”
La evenimentul organizat de Centrul Român de Studii Ruse, Facultatea de Istorie, Facultatea de Știinte Politice din Universitatea din București și Institutul Fridtjof Nansen din Norvegia, vor participa 44 de universitari, experţi şi cercetători din Marea Britanie, Ucraina, România, Germania, Estonia, Finlanda, Georgia, Norvegia, Turcia, Israel, Armenia şi Austria.

Conferinţa (derulată în format hibrid) este parte a proiectului "Cercetare interdisciplinară a geopoliticii Rusiei în Marea Neagră şi Oceanul Arctic", finanţat prin mecanismul SEE (Spatiul Economic European), 2014-2021, derulat de Universitatea Bucureşti, în parteneriat cu Institutul Fridtjof Nansen din Norvegia.

Programul conferinței:
THURSDAY, November 3rd, 2022:

9:00-9:30 – Registration

9:30-10:15 – Opening

– Prof. Dr. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, Director of the
Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of
Bucharest, Romania
– Prof. Dr. Marian Preda, Rector, University of Bucharest, Romania
– Dr. Arild Moe, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, Norway

10:15-12:00 – 1st Panel:

The Russian-Ukrainian War – a Challenge for the
International Security Order
Chair: Dr. Iver B. Neumann

– Prof. Dr. Anatoliy Kruglashov (Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine): Russia’s War: Targeting Europe and the International Order via Ukraine
– Dr. Mykola Kapitonenko (Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine): How Did Russian Invasion to Ukraine Change the European Security Environment? (online)
– Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener (Osnabrück University, Germany): What Comes After? Consequences of the War Against Ukraine for European Security Order(s)

12:00-12:15 – Coffee break

12:15-14:00 – 2nd Panel:

Diplomacy – Any Chance for It? Before and After the War
Chair: Prof. Dr. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu

– Dr. Iver B. Neumann (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, Norway): The Future of Diplomacy as an International Institution after the Ukraine War
– Dr. Cristian Nițoiu (Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, Loughborough University London, United Kingdom): Internationalising the Conflict in Ukraine:
The Role of Power and Legitimacy
– Dr. Shpend Kursani (University of Tartu, Estonia):
Theoretical Problems when Predicting Wars and
Challenges to the Territorial Status-Quo: Some
Reflections from Russia’s War on Ukraine

14:00-15:00 – Break

15:00-16:45 – 3rd Panel:

What Propaganda Means? „News” and Truth – an Ongoing Tension

Chair: Prof. Dr. Valentin Naumescu

– Dan Perry, M.Sc. (Managing Partner to Thunder11, former Mideast/Europe/Africa, Editor, Associated Press; Tel Aviv, Israel): The Convergence of the Crisis in News and the War in Ukraine
– Dr. Andreas Umland (Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden): Russian Fascism? Diverging Classifications of Putin’s Regime before and after 24 February 2022
– Dr. Agne Cepinskyte (S&P Global, Lithuania): Concessions over Restrictive Measures Against Russia: Compromising to Contain Conflict or Compromising the Sanctions?

16:45-17:00 – Coffee break

17:00-18:45 – 4th Panel:

New Challenges for the Baltic and Arctic Security Architecture
Chair: Dr. Andreas Umland

– Minna Ålander, M.A. (Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finnland): Changing the Geography of Deterrence: Nordic-Baltic Security Architecture after Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
– Dr. Anne-Kristin Jørgensen (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, Norway): Norwegian-Russian Relations: The End of a Balancing Act?
– Dr. Arild Moe (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, Norway): Russia and the Svalbard Archipelago: Constrained Security Policy

FRIDAY, November 4th, 2022:
9:30-11:15 – 5th Panel:

Geopolitical Challenges in the Black Sea – the Secret of Deep Waters
Chair: Dr. Arild Moe

– Dr. Deborah Sanders (King’s College, London, United Kingdom): Continuity and Change in the Black Sea after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

– Prof. Dr. Valentin Naumescu (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): NATO’s Geopolitical Perspectives in the Black Sea Region, after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
– Dr. Armand Goșu (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest, Romania): The Consequences
for Romania of Russia’s Aggression against Ukraine

11:15-11:30 – Coffee break

11:30-13:15 – 6th Panel:

The Republic of Moldova: an Unofficial Target of Russian

Invasion in Ukraine
Chair: Dr. Shpend Kursani

– Dr. Urban Jakša (ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal): On Puppets and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: De Facto States of the Black Sea Region in the Context of the Russo-Ukrainian War
– Keith Harrington (PhD candidate, Maynooth University, Ireland): Responses to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in Transnistria and Gagauzia
– Dr. Adrian Nae (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania): Russia’s
Propaganda Targeting Moldova in the Context of the War in Ukraine. Case-study: The Telegram Channel Pridnestrovets
– Dr. Marius Diaconescu (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania): Risks and Benefits for the Republic of Moldova During the Russian-Ukrainian War

13:15-14:30 – Break

14:30-16:15 – 7th Panel:

Turkey’s Interests into the Russian-Ukrainian War? Are There Any?

Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener

– Dr. Nicholas Barker (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom): Rethinking International Policy Responses to Separatism and Statehood Conflicts in Europe: Insights from the Caucasus and the Balkans
– Dr. Elnur Ismayil (Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey): Security Challenges in the South Caucasus in the Context of the Russo-Ukrainian War
– Hasmik Khachatryan, M.A. (Armenia): Turkey’s Quest for Rimland and Strategic Posturing vis-à-vis EU, US, and -NATO (online)
– Dr. Cătălin Costea: (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania): Turkey ́s Role and Interests in Signing the Istanbul Agreement

16:15-16:30 – Coffee break

16:30-18:00 – 8th Panel:

Continuity in the Russian Political Narrative: Cultural,
Historical, Politic? Any Continuity?
Chair: Prof. Dr. Radu Carp

– Dr. Iulia Mustățea (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies,
University of Bucharest, Romania): Eastern Europe’s
Image in Post-Communist Russia. A Dialogue among Equals or Primus Inter Pares? (online)
– Natavan Alieva, M.A. (International Black Sea University, Tbilisi, Georgia): Understanding the Role of the Russian World Narrative in Russia’s Foreign Policy: 2007-2022
– Dr. Lesia Bidochko (National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Ukraine): Change and Continuity in Russian Propaganda in Ukraine Before and After the Full-scale Invasion
– Robert-Gabriel Țicălău (PhD student, Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania):

Perceptions of Belarusian Officials Toward the Russo-Ukrainian War

18:00-19:00: Round table:
Perspectives on Peace in Ukraine
Organizer: Dr. Marius Diaconescu
Chair: Prof. Dr. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu

SATURDAY, November 5th , 2022:

9:30-11:15 – 9th Panel:

Economic impact of the war. Who Cares, Who Suffers, if Any?

Chair: Dr. Anne-Kristin Jørgensen

-Olga Pindyuk, M.A. (Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies/WIIW, Vienna, Austria): Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Assessment of the Humanitarian, Economic, and Financial Impact on Short and Medium Term (online)
– Prof. Dr. Olga Brusylovska (I.I. Mechnikov National University, Odesa, Ukraine): The Russia-Ukraine War 2022: Some Impacts on the China-Ukraine Relations and Global Chains (online)
– Dr. Oana Poiană (Institute of International Relations and Area Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): The Energy Revolution Triggered by the Russo-Ukrainian War and its Repercussions on the Black Sea Regional Power Redistribution
– Dr. Carmen Gina Achimescu & Ioana Roxana Oltean (Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, Romania): Settled and Pending Maritime Disputes in the Black Sea

11:15-11:30 – Coffee break

11:30-13:15 – 10th Panel:

What Comes Next? Rethinking of the International
Institutions. Who Is the Culprit?
Chair: Dr. Cristian Nițoiu

– Mag. Sebastian Schäffer, M.A. (Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Vienna, Austria): Future Scenarios for Enlargement and European Integration in the Context of the Russian War Against Ukraine
– Dr. Ana-Maria Albulescu (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania): A War with far Reaching Consequences: A Preliminary Assessment of the United Nations’ Response to the Conflict in Ukraine
– Dr. Noela Mahmutaj (Institute of European Studies,
University of Tirana, Albania): The New Geopolitical
Order in the Black Sea: Russia’s Role in the Region
Ramon Loik (PhD candidate, International Centre for Defence
and Security, University of Tartu, Estonia): Russia`s
Hostile Info- and Cyber-Enabled Info-Operations
Against Ukraine Before and During the First Phase of
24 February 2022 Invasion: Lessons Learned (online)

13:15-14:30: Break

14:30-16:00 – 11th Panel:

Glaube als Nationale Bedeutung? Churches, Beliefs, and National Minorities as Geopolitical Actors
Chair: Dr. Armand Goșu

– Dr. Cezar Marksteiner-Ungureanu (Austria): Is the Eastern
Orthodox Church a Geopolitical Actor? Building a
Christian Agenda Based on Peace Ethics in Eastern
Europe (online)
– Prof. Dr. Radu Carp (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies,
University of Bucharest, Romania): National Minorities
in the Odessa Oblast: a Model of Coexistence or
Tensions Ahead?
– Dr. Andra-Karla Anghel-Sienerth (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania):

Russian-Backed Referenda as Means of Asserting
Independence and/or Sovereignty in Ukraine

16:00-16:15 – Coffee break

16:15-18:00 – 12th Panel:

The Crisis is Here. Any Room for Further Understanding of the Crises? What Comes Next? General Apocalipse or a Solution?
Chair: Dr. Marius Diaconescu

– Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr (Center on Governance through Human Rights, Berlin & OSCE, Academy in Bishkek): Never-ending’ Democratic Transition in the Post-Soviet
Space: The Case of the Five Central Asian States
– Dr. Adrian-Bogdan Ceobanu (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania): Capital Without Diplomats? The Evacuation of Foreign
Diplomatic Missions from Kyiv (January-March 2022)
– Daniel Răcaru (PhD student, Romanian Centre for Russian
Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania): The 1921
Romanian-Polish Treaty – a Possible Cooperation
Model in Eastern Europe
– Laurențiu Pleșca (PhD student, Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania): The Russian Media Narrative Regarding the Crisis Surrounding the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant

Closing Remarks:

– Prof. Dr. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu (Romanian Centre for Russian Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania)
– Dr. Anne-Kristin Jørgensen (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, Norway)
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