Call for Participants

2018 Jean Monnet International Workshop

Kyiv, Ukraine, November 21-23, 2018 





in partnership with the University of Birmingham, UK



International workshop


‘Strengthening State and Societal Resilience in the European Neighbourhood


November 21-23, 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine






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.

In this sense, the ENP is, if anything, essentially a policy that seeks to achieve security for the European Union, its member states and citizens. Yet, it is equally clear that security for the European Union cannot be achieved without stability and resilience in its neighbourhood and beyond (the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy, 2016).


The project Building Resilient States and Societies: EU’s Response to New Security Challenges in the European Neighbourhood Area will enhance, deepen and disseminate knowledge and understanding of a strategic approach to resilience in the EU Global Strategy and the European Neighbourhood Policy and promote discussion on EU’s policy to strengthen state and societal resilience in the European Neighbourhood through empowerment of civil society and public administration to act as the agents of change.


The international workshop ‘Strengthening State and Societal Resilience in the European Neighbourhood’ will be an integral part of the project designed on the principles of critical reflection and co-created learning with the objectives:


·        To discuss context-specific challenges to state and societal resilience that the EU faces in its neighbourhood and to inform the research agenda of European, national and local institutions and to improve the relationship building among local civil society, academia and state actors;

·        To contribute to the improvement of EU civilian actions in EU member states and  partner countries with the engagement of multiple actors (academic, policy community, media and civil society) with particular focus on the encouragement of participation of women in security policy making;

·        To contribute to informing institutional and policy developments in EU member states and partner countries on how to support societies to become more resilient through key categories of EU intervention, such as engagement with civil society, democratization of security governance, security sector reform, human rights and also contributing to public accountability of governments in ENP countries to their citizens;

·        Finally, to equally important is to enhance the linkage between research and research-led teaching and evidence-based policy-making in European Security studies.


The Workshop is closely linked with Research component of the proposed project since it will engage its principal investigators. During Workshop which will be supplemented with online discussions and consultations, we will clarify the concept of resilience and how it can be applied to preventing, settlement and recovering from conflict; we will explore and explain the links between various types of conflict and resilience to them. We will develop a more comprehensive knowledge base of how state institutions and policies can be strengthened in their effectiveness and legitimacy to mitigate the risk of further conflict escalation and restore sustainable peace and stability.



The workshop participants – principal target group: 30 participants, including 5 teaching faculty, who are leading Ukrainian and European experts in the area of European Security (young faculty, military officers, security experts, representatives of civil society, think tanks and media).


The program of the workshop is made up of a series of lectures, panel discussions, briefings, simulation games and case studies. Lectures focus on specific issues of European security in the conflict management area. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with speakers questions of particular concern to them. In panel discussions a specific issue will be analysed from different perspectives. In briefings, government officials will present public policy and security strategy and discuss them with the participants.



Abstracts of paper proposal of no more than 500 words to be presented during workshop should be sent to Prof. Tetyana Malyarenko (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Prof. Stefan Wolff (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please also enclose a CV, detailing relevant practical experience. Selection criteria include high-quality research and teaching potential, motivation and long-term interest in the topic. The project will give preference to public servants and civil society activists from Ukraine whose professional interests are related to crisis management and conflict resolution.


Jean Monnet Scholarships


A limited number of merit-based Jean Monnet scholarships may be granted to non-local participants, representing broader security community, such as academia, civil society, media and government, including the army, police and security organisations. There is no age/geographical limit, but we will give preference to younger participants with a practical experience in the areas of security and conflict. Scholarships will cover costs of hotel accommodation (single room, 3 nights) in Kyiv and buffet breakfast, lunches and dinners.


Deadline for submitting the application: November 15, 2018.

Since number of places are limited earlier applications are welcome.



Prof. Tetyana Malyarenko

Non-Governmental Organization ‘Ukrainian Institute for Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution’

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Prof. Stefan Wolff

Professor of International Security

Department of Political Science and International Studies

University of Birmingham


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