13 Feb

The Future of Russianness in Post-Maidan Ukraine

While Russia annexed Crimea and supported separatists in Donbas under the pretext of protecting Russian-speakers from the new “fascist” government in Kyiv, it was actually pro-Ukrainian mobilization in the large Russian-speaking cities of the east and south that prevented Ukraine from disintegrating further. Three years after the Maidan, what is the future of the Russian …
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25 Jan

Russia and the Western Far Right

The lecture discusses relations between various Russian actors (activists, politicians, organisations, media, officials, etc.) and the Western far right. It provides a historical perspective, discussing the pro-Soviet or pro-Russian views of particular Western far right activists, but its major focus is contemporary Russia. As Moscow has become more anti-Western, contacts with the Western far right …
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16 Jan

“Heroes Do Not Die?”

The Maidan and the war in the Donbas are reshaping the symbolic landscape of large industrial cities in the southeast of Ukraine. The example of Dnipropetrovsk recently being renamed Dnipro illustrates these current developments, which are not limited to “decommunisation”. We see the removal of Soviet monuments and the renaming of streets, but also the …
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14 Dec

Partitions Persistent?

Piotr Koryś is Adjunct Professor of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw. Currently he is a Bronislaw Geremek Visiting Fellow at the IWM. Print
13 Dec

The Transformation of Foreign Policy

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The study of foreign policy is usually concerned with the interaction of states, which date back to the so-called “Westphalian system,” also the time at which modern “foreign policy” vocabulary was invented. Given the close semantic ties between the two, examining foreign policy in earlier as well as in later periods involves conceptual and terminological …
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06 Dec

Junior Visiting Fellows’ Workshop

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Programm: Session 1: 14:30-15:15 “Nationality, Alienage, and Early International Rights” León Castellanos-Jankiewicz (IWM Visiting Fellow; Graduate Institute, Geneva) Discussant: Natasha Wheatley (University of Sydney) Session 2: 15:25-16:10 “Census Policy in Socialist Yugoslavia and the Political Elevation of Muslims” Iva Lučić (IWM Visiting Fellow; University of Uppsala) Discussant: Chiara Bonfiglioli (IWM Visiting Fellow; Juraj Dobrila University …
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05 Dec

How to Defeat Populism

The lecture seeks to explain why populism is dangerous for democracy.  It offers an account of what populists do when in power and also suggests a number of strategies to fight populism – without falling into the trap of damaging democracy while seemingly defending it. Jan-Werner Müller is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His …
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24 Nov

Escaping the Trap of Radicalism

Außenminister Sebastian Kurz empfängt den tschechischen Außenminister Lubomir Zaoralek zu einem Gespräch. Außenministerium, Wien, 03.04.2014, Foto: Dragan Tatic
This Political Salon addressed the issue of radicalism in the context of European modernity as well as in light of the current crises engulfing the European Union. It makes the case for a new politics of moderation to safeguard an open and tolerant Central Europe as a key element of rebuilding the European project after …
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23 Nov

New Developments in the Kremlin’s Efforts to Control the Internet in Russia

The Kremlin has been searching for a solution to the Internet problem since 2011.The strategy the Kremlin came up with was based on intimidation rather than technology. Accustomed to dealing with a defined hierarchy, the Kremlin chose to put pressure on companies rather than users. But this approach started losing its edge by the fall …
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16 Nov

New European Orientalism

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The Influx of refugees into Europe surged at the moment when political and cultural divisions between Eastern and Western Europe seemed to be gradually disappear and many Western commentators described countries of the Visegrad Group as rare examples of successful democratic transitions. These assessments were suddenly called into question by the reluctance of East-Central European …
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