Conference reports

Festival with young people, opera, and Hammarskjöld

This year’s Baltic Sea Festival, held for nine days in late summer in Stockholm and focusing on music and the environment, was true to form with Esa-Pekka Salonen at the helm. Not only that: the thematic threads were unusually well intertwined.

By Hans Wolf No Comments on and Hammarskjöld

RESULTS OF AN ARCHIVAL REVOLUTION

The books I have been asked to briefly comment on are both learned works of indisputable scholarly quality. At the […]

By Anders Björnsson No Comments on RESULTS OF AN ARCHIVAL REVOLUTION

Russian politics and foreigns policy – driven by what? Emotions versus interests

Rationality versus irrationality, emotions versus calculations – these were the main issues to be discussed under a seminar in May, organized by the Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki). Actually, the emotions theme became a starting point for the participants to approach the nature of Russian foreign policy and decision-making inside the post-Soviet bureaucracy.

By Ilja Viktorov No Comments on – driven by what?

Belarus. Discussion for Bringing about Change

A number of representatives of the opposition in Belarus participated in a seminar “The Way Forward for Belarus”. The seminar addressed such issues as the difficulties experienced by the opposition in working for democracy and human rights in Belarus and what the outside world can do to support their work.

By Ninna Mörner No Comments on Discussion for Bringing about Change

Memory and manipulation. Is anyone’s suffering more important than anyone else’s?

Balkan experts attending the symposium “Memory and Manipulation: Religion as Politics in the Balkans", agree that the war was directed from the top, and that “top-down” is the key to understanding how the war began in the region.

By Ninna Mörner No Comments on Is anyone’s suffering more important than anyone else’s?

Quo Vadis, Ukraine?

The current situation in Ukraine and the country’s economic and political development during President Viktor Ianukovych’s first year in office were discussed at the fifth Europe–Ukraine Forum, held in Kyiv February 23rd to 25th.

By Peter Johnsson 1 Comment on Ukraine?

When nuclear weapons are reduced to an existential In civil society they are a non-question

David Holloway, professor of international history at Stanford University, has been specializing as a Cold War scholar for a long time. He has recently delved into many archives in an attempt to find the answer to the question of the significance of the atom bomb during the Cold War. He presented part of his findings at a research seminar at CBEES in September.

By Rebecka Lettevall No Comments on In civil society they are a non-question

Energy issues are being dealt with by a variety of actors; governance and cooperation are lacking

The EU wants the Baltic region to have a common energy sector, something the region does not have today. Political governance is weak and the people making the investments have yet to prioritize regional cooperation. This is the view of Michael Bradshaw, professor of human geography at Leicester University, who opened the first Baltic Worlds Annual Round Table on November 24 at Södertörn University in Stockholm.

By Kristoffer Morén No Comments on governance and cooperation are lacking

Following the Nord Stream. Elder statesmen paved the way

“Follow the pipeline” was also one of the central themes of the 10th Aleksanteri Conference, “Fuelling the Future: Assessing Russia’s Role in Eurasia’s Energy Complex”, held at the University of Helsinki at the end of October 2010.

By Peter Lodenius No Comments on Elder statesmen paved the way

Russia maintains its focus on gas. And everybody is fed up with Ukraine

The Russian energy strategy for the next few years includes lofty goals. While other countries are investing 1.5 percent of their GDP in the energy sector, Russia is spending 5 percent. This was noted at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) Annual Conference on Russian and Eurasian Studies.

By Ninna Mörner No Comments on And everybody is fed up with Ukraine