Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security
To maintain security for its member states and citizens is clearly one of the fundamental purposes of the European Union, especially if security is defined as a low probability of damage to acquired values. The European Union prides itself in being a community founded on shared values among its members, and its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) frequently refers to a ‘vision of a ring of countries, sharing the EU’s fundamental values and objectives’, while realising that the ‘degree of commitment to common values’ may differ across the different partner countries. With its focus on Europe’s evolving security landscape, Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security bridges a gap in knowledge and understanding of current and new threats in Europe’s strategic orbit and contributes to development of research-led teaching in European Security Studies by considering theoretical and practical issues relating to security cooperation between the EU and its neighbourhood.
Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security has been implemented in Ukraine since 2008. Our aim is to increase the quality of higher education in the field of European integration in the area of European security and contribute to the development of research-lead teaching by promoting independent and critical thinking, empowerment of the academics as agents of change and applying new research and teaching tools from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. As a part of our continuity project Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security offers an interdisciplinary program featuring a variety of lectures, seminars, panel discussions, briefings and simulation games in the field of European Security.
During the project implementation in Ukraine we have witnessed dramatic events and processes, started from the mass protests in Kiev (‘the Euromaidan’), annexation of the Crimea by Russia and war in Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine became the main flashpoint on the map of the Eastern Neighbourhood and the main corner-stone and challenge to the European security architecture after the Cold War. Under such conditions Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security aimed at in-depth and broad and theoretically well-grounded understanding of current and future threats and challenges that the EU faces in its neighbourhood regions, and it is particular well-timed.
At the core of the SSES’s concept is the spirit of a truly interactive and meaningful collaboration between representatives of academic, policy and civil society communities from EU and NATO member states and the European Neighbourhood countries through active exploitation of already existent theories, methodologies and practices and creation of new strategic forecasting, analytical scaffolding and preventive mechanisms based on synergy of independent and critical thinking and applying new research and teaching tools from an interdisciplinary and cross cultural perspective.
The general methodology combines research and information activities. The interdisciplinary research usually involves a broad spectrum of international experts and stakeholders. The assessment of security challenges and their root causes are used as input for academic publications and teaching materials, including individual case studies, structured comparison and the simulation games.
A series of Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security offers an interdisciplinary program featuring a variety of lectures, seminars, panel discussions, briefings and simulation games in the field of European Security.
Our annual meeting concentrates on Europe’s political and social challenges, the EU’s global role and its neighbourhoods. The concept of ‘deep’ learning and research-led teaching are methodologically are at the heart of the Spring Seminar. Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security is a series of intellectual and personal development meetings designed to hone and develop new generation of leaders in Ukraine committed to such basic, yet important values as freedom, rule of law, human rights and integrity.
A new series seminar is concerned with new approaches and new challenges to security. The first group of them is being issues related to instability and insecurity in the EU’s Southern and Eastern Neighbourhoods that constitute a security challenges to the EU. The second category of security challenges to be discussed, are issues of more immediate and direct impact on the EU, such as: illegal migration, state failure, transnational organized crime, international terrorism, environment, supply and transit dimensions of European Security Strategy.
Prof. Tetyana Malyarenko
Professor of International Security
Faculty of Journalism
National University 'Odesa Law Academy'
Prof. Stefan Wolff
Professor of International Security
School of Government and Society,
University of Birmingham
Jean Monnet Spring Seminar on European Security enjoys the support of numerous international partners and sponsors. These include the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union, NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, the Routledge academic journal ‘European Security’, and Open Society Institute.