Conferences and events

Webinar – Advocacy and Change in International Organisations

On February 26th (15:00-16:30 CET) the online seminar will take place, titled Advocacy and Change in International Organisations. The event is organized by the Department of International Organizations and Global Security Studies of the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences.

What is the influence of advocacy when it comes to driving change in international organisations? By unpacking UN peacekeeping as a case study, the seminar delves into three key areas – strategic communication, protection of civilians, and quick impact projects – illustrating how different advocacy strategies lead to adopting and institutionalizing new ideas within organisations. While notable successes are noted, challenges persist with regard to staffing, accountability, and ongoing contestation. The speakers will discuss the importance of understanding various advocacy strategies for achieving lasting change by dissecting the complexities of navigating internal and external pressures within international organisations. The seminar offers valuable insights into the dynamics of international organisations’ evolution and the pivotal role of advocacy therein.

List of participants:

  • Kseniya Oksamytna (City University of London)
  • Eve Marie Desrosiers (University of Ottawa)
  • Moderator:

  • Anna Grzywacz (ISP PAN)
  • Reference – Advocacy and Change in International Organizations. Communication, Protection, and Reconstruction in UN Peacekeeping, by Kseniya Oksamytna (Oxford University Press 2023).

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    Webinar – Proxy wars: strategic competition and irregular warfare in the 21st century

    On January 22nd (5:00-6:30pm CET) the online seminar will take place, titled Proxy wars: strategic competition and irregular warfare in the 21st century. The event is organized by the Department of International Organizations and Global Security Studies of the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences.

    Since the end of World War II, proxy warfare has become a dominant form of the conflict. From great powers avoiding nuclear confrontation during the Cold War, to lesser powers with regional ambitions in the complex, post-Arab Spring Middle East, states have frequently turned to proxy warfare to avoid escalation risks and costs of direct conflict. But proxy wars incur many hazards for the sponsors and proxies alike. Sponsors often struggle to control their partners and proxy wars still carry significant costs, whereas conflict delegation rarely delivers strategic breakthrough. As to proxies, they deal with overbearing or fickle sponsors and may suffer devastating loss of local legitimacy or international opprobrium for the provenance of received assistance. Given these drawbacks, why is proxy warfare nonetheless ubiquitous? Why do state and non-state actors outsource violence when they know proxy war is likely to yield a less than ideal outcome? Why do proxies seek out and accept their help?

    List of participants:

  • Vladimir Rauta (University of Reading)
  • Alexandra Chinchilla (Texas A&M University)
  • Nakissa Jahanbani (Combating Terrorism Center)
  • Laura Jones (Fletcher School at Tufts University)
  • Moderator:

  • Filip Bryjka (ISP PAN)
  • Reference – Routledge Handbook of Proxy Wars, 2023, Edited By Assaf Moghadam, Vladimir Rauta , Michel Wyss.

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    Webinar – Rise of the Indo-Pacific?

    On October 30th (12:30-14:00pm CET) the online seminar will take place, titled Rise of the Indo-Pacific?. The event is organized by the Department of International Organizations and Global Security Studies of the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences.

    Does the rise of the Indo Pacific constitute the most significant geopolitical shift in recent history? How has the concept of this region come into being? The Indo-Pacific, a region stretching from the eastern coast of Africa to the Western Pacific, is undergoing a profound transformation Therefore, this seminar seeks to shed light on the changing dynamics of the Indo Pacific, including the increasing influence of major powers, the consequences of their rivalry, evolving trade relationships, and the strategic importance of the region The seminar aims to delve into the key factors and implications of Indo Pacific rise to foster a better understanding of its multifaceted dimensions.

    List of participants:

  • Aleksandra Jaskólska is is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw Her research interests include Indian politics and regional dynamics of South Asia.
  • Catherine Jones is a senior fellow at the School of International Relations, St Andrews University Her research explores politics and security in East Asia and the development of Southeast Asian states.
  • Barbara Kratiuk is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw Barbara’s research interests revolve around international relations in Southeast Asia and great power politics in Asia.
  • Shankari Sundararaman is a professor at the Centre for Indo Pacific Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University Shankari’s research interests include international relations in Southeast Asia and the politics of the Pacific.
  • Moderator:

  • Anna Grzywacz is an assistant professor at the Institute of Political Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. Her research interests include ASEAN and Southeast Asian politics.
  • Reference – Handbook of Indo Pacific Studies (Routledge 2023), edited by Barbara Kratiuk, Jeroen Van den Bosch, Aleksandra Jaskólska, and Yoichiro Sato.

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    Conference – Imperial and postimperial emigrations. The case of Russia

    On October 5th and 6th the conference will be held, titled Imperial and postimperial emigrations. The case of Russia, organized by the Richart Pipes Labratory of the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. For more details regarding the list of panelists, schedule and how to register for an on-line access via ZOOM app please fillow the link [pdf file, 287 kb].

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    Seminar – Youth in the Warsaw uprising – combatants or civilians?

    On August 4th (Friday) the seminar titled Youth in the Warsaw uprising – combatants or civilians? will take place. Invited scientists will discuss the variety of topics regarding children throughout the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The event starts on 12:00 and will be accessible both remotly (online via ZOOM app) and stationary at Dworkowa 3 in Warsaw.

    Moderator:

    • Paweł Ukielski, Ph.D. (Institute of Political Studies, PAS)

    Guests:

    • Agnieszka Cubała (author of books regarding Warsaw Uprising) – childcare and the youngest civilians;
    • Michał Tomasz Wójciuk (Warsaw Rising Museum) – youth in the auxiliaries;
    • Karol Mazur, Ph.D. (Warsaw Rising Museum) – child soldiers.

    To access the event please follow the link or log to the meeting via the ZOOM app:

    Meeting’s ID: 991 2200 7299
    Pass code: 131469

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    Webinar: Facts, myths, contemporary historical discourses and disputes over interpretation and preperation of crimes and the National Armed Forces.

    On June 12th 2023 at 12:00 AM the online seminar will take place, titled: Facts, myths, contemporary historical discourses and disputes over interpretation and preperation of crimes and the National Armed Forces. Discussion on the book “Wierzchowiny 1945” by Mariusz Zajączkowski, PhD. The event will be held in Polish.

    List of participants:

  • Mariusz Zajączkowski, Ph.D. – book’s author
  • Professor Igor Hałagida
  • Professor Jan Pisuliński
  • Professor Mariusz Mazur
  • Chair:

  • Bartłomiej Krzysztan, Ph.D.
  • Registration to the event via the ZOOM form.

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    Seminar: Global Governance: Fit for Purpose?

    The seminar titled: Global Governance: Fit for Purpose? will take place on May 23rd, 10:00-11:30 AM. The event is organized by the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw and Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. It will take place at the Library of the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Oleandrów 2/4, Warsaw.

    Speaker: Prof. Thomas Sommerer, Potsdam University

    Commentator: Dr Anna Grzywacz, Polish Academy of Sciences

    Chair: Prof. Agnieszka Cianciara, Polish Academy of Sciences

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    Webinar: Dangers of “Self-Determination”: the Chinese Communist Party and the Breakup of Yugoslavia as a Post-Cold War Cautionary Tale

    On May 29th the online seminar will take place, titled Dangers of “Self-Determination”: the Chinese Communist Party and the Breakup of Yugoslavia as a Post-Cold War Cautionary Tale. The event is organized by the Department of International Organizations and Global Security Studies of the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences.

     

    Panelists:

    Federico Brusadelli
    (Università di Napoli L’Orientale)

     

    Sören Keil
    (University of Fribourg)

     

    Moderated by
    Katarzyna Golik
    (Institute of Political Studies PAS)

     

    Federico Brusadelli’s paper intends to explore how the élites of the People’s Republic of China have interpreted the breakup of Yugoslavia, from its prologue in the legitimacy crisis of the mid-1980s to its epilogue with the Kosovo war, in connection to their conceptualization of “self-determination” and “sovereignty”.
    Through a conceptual analysis of selected essays, historiographical texts and political speeches produced by intellectuals and historians close to the Chinese Communist Party (including prominent thinkers like Wang Shaoguang or Wang Huning, the latter currently a member of the CCP’s Politburo), a common understanding of the traumatic events taking place in the Western Balkans as global mirror of local concerns will be revealed.
    In other words, the author will try to demonstrate that the explosion of the “Balkan powder keg” has been used consistently as a “cautionary tale” to defend the conceptual and political agenda of the Party from the 1990s onward. Criticizing Tito’s federal project as a “deviation from Marxism”, emphasizing the pernicious effect of an “ethnic” arrangement of the State and of an excess of “self-determination”, or accusing the League of Communists of Yugoslavia of having lost the grip on the source of “sovereignty”, became instrumental to the justification of the post-Tiananmen centralist and nationalist turn as the only way to avoid the calamities already experienced in Moscow and Belgrade. In this framework, the connection – or the “sympathy” – between the Chinese leadership and Slobodan Milosevic, especially reinforced during the NATO operations of 1999, will be considered as a demonstration of a common post-cold war trajectory from socialism to nationalism, in which “sovereignty” has been rearticulated in a Schmittian sense as a defense from the perceived global and humanitarian encroachment of the post-cold war era.

     

    Federico Brusadelli – is Lecturer in Chinese History and International History of East Asia at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where he completed his PhD in Asian Studies in 2016. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a board member of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP), managing editor of the journal Ming Qing Yanjiu, and currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Sofia. His monograph “Confucian Concord”, on the utopian political thought of Kang Youwei (1858-1927), was published in 2020 by Brill.

     

    Sören Keil – scholar in the areas of federalism and decentralisation, conflict resolution and democratization. He has worked as an expert for several international organisations, governments and civil society organisations. Trained political scientist with more than 15 years of experience. Sören has authored and edited 11 books. Currently, Academic Head of the Institute of International Research and Consulting Centre at the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Before that, Director of the Politics and International Relations programme at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom.

     

    Reference
    Federico Brusadelli, Federal Failure: the Chinese Communist Party and the Breakup of Yugoslavia as a Post-Cold War Cautionary Tale, “Global Perspectives” (University of California Press) [forthcoming].

     

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