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Nr 1, 2015

UI's EGS report third place in global think tank index

rsz_egs_reportWe are proud to share the European Global Strategy (EGS) policy report has been ranked third (out of 47) in the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

The EGS project was initiated by four European foreign ministers and run by four Institutes; UI, The Elcano Royal Institute, The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). The joint cooperation developed research and engaged in debates around a common European strategy in external relations. The result was the report "Towards a European Global Strategy: securing European influence in a changing world."

The Blog: International Voices
UI's Mark Rhinard, Björn Fägersten and Roderick Parkes write about the Paris attacks and how it highlights two specific roles for the EU: border security and social integration. Read "Is Paris a Brussels problem? The EU’s role in preventing attacks by radicals.”

Mathew Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative, states in his article The Big Question for 2015: What Kind of World Are We Headed For? "it will remain an uphill struggle to contain the growing instability, particularly in the Middle East, and the temptation by many powers - including in the West - to go it alone, intent solely on protecting their own interests." Burrows spoke at the UI event The World of 2030.

UI Research:
Niklas Bremberg, with the UI Europe research programme, brought together 15 scholars in January for a workshop titled "European Diplomatic Practices: patterns, approaches and methods." The group explored how recent advancement on practice theory can be applied to the study of European diplomacy, and especially EU foreign and security policy.

UI tagged on the experts visit and organized a seminar on the role of EEAS, its current developments and future challenges. The seminar enjoyed a full house with speakers Anna-Karin Eneström, Head of the Secretariat for Sweden's candidature to the Security Council 2017-18, Federica Bicchi, London School of Economics, and with UI research fellow Niklas Bremberg. Watch "Challenges to EU Foreign and Security Policy" on YouTube. Also see photos on Facebook.

TUI Brief 3_Sida_01 smallhe UI Brief: "Putin's International Supporters" aims to understand what Western/international publics think of Putin. Do they agree with the projections or have another opinion? And how do foreign publics express their opinion in the public information space?

Author: Gregory Simons, associated researcher with the Russia programme at UI. He is a senior researcher at Crismart at the Swedish National Defence College and at the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Read the brief here: Putin's International Supporters.

Call for applications: New research positions on Great Power Relations and the Middle East. Deadline 3 February. More information here!

UI events:
UI in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm organized a seminar on the political, economic and environmental challenges in the Arctic region, and how these will be tackled in 2015, as the U.S. assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council. See the seminar "Arctic Challenges” on YouTube.

Lilia Shevtsova, Chatham House, spoke to a fully packed house on Russia's key challenges in 2015. Watch the interesting discussion in UI Play. "Ukraine has become the experimental ground for the new Russia," she said at the event.

More information on coming seminars here.

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YouTube & UI Play

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17/12/2014 The world of 2030
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