Beyond Vilnius: The European Union and the Emerging Eurasian Space

29 gennaio 2016
30 gennaio 2016
January 29-30, 2016

Venue: Department of Sociology and Social Research
Sala Professori, I piano, via Verdi, 26

The aim of this two-day conference is to examine whether and how an emerging Eurasian space is emerging. It will focus on how the extent to which the European Union and states in the region – Russia, Iran, China and in Central Asia – share assumptions about power and its use in the international system. It will focus on how different approaches to the question of political order can find common ground or can become sources of tension in the new political space.

Friday 29 January

9.00 Welcome and Introduction
9.30 - 11.00 The Politics of Constructing a Eurasian Space
  Diana Kudaibergenova (University of Cambridge) - Capital, Elite Interest and Integration in Eurasia
Islam Jusufi (Epoka University) - EU’s International Relations in the Eurasian Space: The practice of criticizing Russia’s human rights record
Christian Nitou (London School of Economics) - The Influence of Russia’s Status-Seeking Effort on the ENP
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 13.00 Russia, Europe and the Politics of Eurasia
  Anna Matveeva (King’s College London) - Russia’s Projections of Power in the Post-Soviet Space
Camille Merlen (University of Kent) - Russia’s Engagement with the Post-Sovereign World: Beyond Military Intervention
Elena Shestopal (Moscow State University) - EU Images in Russian Society in the Context of Current International Events
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Power and Politics in Europe’s “Neighbourhood” and Eurasia
  Eske van Gils (University of Kent) - From Hegemony to Reciprocity: Exploring Differing Perception of Power in EU-Azerbaijan Relations
Ramūnas Vilpišauskas (Vilnius University) - European Union or Eurasian Union? Competing External Powers, Policies and Perceptions in the Eastern Neighbourhood
Ghonceh Tazmini (SOAS) - Iran and Europe After the Nuclear Deal
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee
16.30 - 17.30 Keynote Paper
  Richard Sakwa - One Europe or Many? Monism, Pluralism and the Ukraine Crisis
Piotr Dutkiewicz - Discussant

Saturday 30 January

9.00 - 10.30 China, Europe and the Politics of Eurasia
  Lucie Qian Xia (University of Oxford) - Beyond Network Power and Diplomacy: Understanding the European Union and China
Emil Kirchner (University of Essex) - The EU and China: Partners or Competitors in Global Governance?
Yang Chen (East China Normal University) - Sino-Russian relations and New (dis)order in the Emerging Greater Eurasia
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee
11.00- 12.30 Energy in the Emerging Eurasian Space
  Marco Siddi (Finnish Institute for International Affairs) - The Different Understandings of Power and Security in EU-Russia Energy relations
Li Lifan (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences) - Cooperation and Mutual Learning the EU and China in Central Asia: Energy Crisis Management
Saulesh Yessenova (University of Calgary) - Oil Contracts and Power in Central Asia
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 15.00 Conceptualising and Contesting Eurasia
  David Lewis (University of Exeter) - Competing Norms, Spatial Imaginaries and Regional Architecture in Central Asia
Scott Radnitz (University of Washington) - Between Russia and a Hard Place: Great Power Grievances and Central Asian Ambivalence
Boyka Stefanova (University of Texas at San Antonio) - My Neighbourhood, My Union: Competing Regionalisms in Europe and Eurasia
15.00 - 15.30 Conclusion


Organizing Committee

Viktoria Akchurina
Piotr Dutkiewicz
Vincent Della Sala

Jean Monnet - European centre University of Trento                      Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union