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The EU's Comprehensive Approach to External Conflict and Crisis Management, April 9-13 Kyiv, Ukraine


 Security Sector Transformation in the European Neighbourhood, April 1-3, Kyiv, Ukraine

    The goal of this conference is to discuss security sector reform in the European Neighbourhood countries. Combining analysis of current problems and challenges, we will examine thematic and geographic topics relating to the most pressing security sector reform issues and contribute to ongoing debates and influence public policy on issues to security sector reform.

    The conference’s work will be organized in six broader panels: (1) Conceptual basis for EU security sector activities; (2) Regional approach to security sector reform; (3) EU SSR activities in the Eastern Partnership; (4) European approach to SSR in the Western Balkans: lessons learned and future perspectives; (5) Security sector reform: enhancing cross-pillar coordination within the EU; (6) Cooperation of the EU with other important actors in the field of security sector reform.

    We will use plenary sessions and panels to provide the intellectually most productive and stimulating environment for interaction between participants, representing the academia, policy community, media, and civil society groups.

    Project group

    The project group will consist of two groups of participants. The first group is composed by the project team (project co-directors, key experts on the subject of security sector reform, participated in ‘training for trainers’ workshop and joint publications). The second group of the participants will be selected on a competitive base. Selection criteria include high-quality research and teaching potential, motivation and long-term interests in the topic. The project will give preference to junior faculty (PhD holders or PhD students at the advanced stage of their research) with a strong background in European Studies and International Relations and public servants whose professional interests are related to security sector reform.



    The development of a comprehensive approach and an effective platform for cooperation between the EU, NATO and Partner countries were discussed at 2014 Jean Monnet NATO Advanced Study Institute ‘Enhancing Strategic Analytical Capabilities in NATO Partner Countries: Security Cooperation and the Management of Current and Future Threats in Europe’s Strategic Orbit’. The International Association for Institutional Studies (Ukraine) in partnership with Birmingham University (UK) hosted the 2014 NATO – Jean Monnet ADVANCED STUDY INSTITUTE at Kyiv, Ukraine. 2014 Advanced Study Institute was co-funded by The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme and Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union and focused on ‘Enhancing Strategic Analytical Capabilities in NATO Partner Countries: Security Cooperation and the Management of Current and Future Threats in Europe’s Strategic Orbit’.

    The aim of this Institute was to introduce the spirit and form of a truly interactive and meaningful collaboration between representatives of academic, policy and civil society communities from EU and NATO member states and partner countries in order to increase the quality of higher education in the area of European and Euro-Atlantic security, develop research-led teaching by promoting independent and critical thinking, empowerment of the academics as agent of change and applying new research and teaching tools from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective with the objectives:

  1. To provide a broad and theoretically well-grounded understanding of current and future threats and challenges that the NATO and the EU face in particular in their European orbit;
  2. To identify security responses in which there is particular added-value and shared interest of all stakeholders in the NATO and EU member states and neighbouring countries to cooperate in creation of an area of shared prosperity and stability, addressing the root causes of the political instability and conflict.
  3. To enhance the linkage between teaching and research in European security studies;
  4. To develop knowledge and awareness among young scientists of issues relating to European and Euro-Atlantic security with specific reference to the current and future security threats and cooperation challenges and focus on policy-making to achieve security for the NATO and EU member states and neighbourhood countries;
  5. To introduce a scheme for joint development and delivery of teaching courses on crisis management by means of web-based learning and enhanced mobility of faculty and students;
  6. To raise the teaching and research skills of participating young faculty by exposing them to the critical scrutiny of their peers in the project.

    2014 Advanced Study Institute was organized as a rigorous six-day academic interdisciplinary programme structured around lectures, interactive presentations, case studies, round-tables and simulation games. First, activities are aimed at identification of effective cooperative security responses and recommendations based on individual case studies and structured comparison. Second, the Advanced Study Institute enhanced the linkage between research, policy-making and teaching in human and societal aspects of security studies, in particular, in human-focused early warning and early response systems by enabling the participants to critically reflect on their current relevant action plans, research projects and teaching courses and thereby to implement newly obtained knowledge in their policy-making, research and teaching practice.



    International Seminar “Ukraine-EU Cooperation in Crisis Management and Disaster Risk Reduction: Sharing Best Practices, Building Effective Capabilities”

    The seminar was designed to bring PhD students and young faculty together with senior scientists, international experts, and academic professors to facilitate the mutual exchange of research and scholarship in crisis management and disaster risk reduction. Key speakers and leaders of Working Groups provided cutting-edge, theoretically well informed, and practically relevant research through the themes they led. This was done in a variety of formats, from individual presentations to roundtable discussions and simulation games, thus offering examples of diverse discussion formats alongside actual knowledge transfer. The seminar was open to, and provide a forum for research papers and case studies based on both qualitative and quantitative approaches, focusing on enabling participating scholars to understand the utility of particular approaches to security policy and EU crisis management in the context of different topics of study and giving them opportunities to develop efficient and effective approaches to incorporating results of research based on these methodological approaches into their teaching practice, and in turn select appropriate methods to generate finding that are ‘user-friendly’ for specific research and policy tasks.



    International Conference “Human Security and Security Strategy: Institutions and Policies in a European Perspective”

    Our core objectives with this conference are to stimulate interdisciplinary cross-national research and knowledge transfer in the area of human security in EU foreign and security policy and democratic security governance between universities, research institutions, think-tanks and security organizations in EU member states and non-EU countries (participants will be representatives of the EU countries and the CIS), to establish and examine the theoretical and methodological grounding of security sector reform in countries through the review of key concepts, public policy documents and implementation approaches, to challenge where necessary the existing orthodoxies in the related academic subjects locally, regionally and internationally, to build networks and enhance cooperation between experts and institutions, dealing with security policy and to encourage collaborative research projects on new important topics. The empirical component of this conference focuses on the process of formulating security strategies and their implementation, the interaction between respective processes at national and EU levels, and explanation of variations in institutional change in the national security sectors of the countries of participating scholars.



    Winter Institute “Enlargement and Beyond: The Process of EU and NATO Accession and Its Impact on Europe’s Security Architecture”

    The goals:

  • To offer an overview of present development of the EU, European foreign and security policy, emphasizing the political, economic, cultural and legal aspects of multiply transformations;
  • To disseminate the best practice in research on European security;
  • To provide a forum for discussing research issues with senior academics and practitioners from Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, the US and Canada
  • Summer Institute “The EU as a Global Conflict Manager: From Ad-hoc Reaction to Strategic Policy Coherence”

    The goals:

  • To enhance awareness among participants of issues relating to European security with specific reference to new European security architecture;
  • To introduce a broad set of innovative research strategies for  explaining of the European security architecture from interdisciplinary perspective;
  • To incorporate the latest research developments on European International Relations and Security Studies into curricula and teaching practice;
  • To develop networks and cooperation between established and young scholars, to stimulate closer academic cooperation