Workshops

The first workshop of the project is to be hosted by the University of Vilnius under the heading Small states and the Changing Security Environment in Europe in the spring semester of 2018. Just as with the following three workshops it will be organized as an open event giving the civil society and policy makers, as well as the academic community, direct access to the network and the research conducted by the partners. The University of Vilnius is the coordinator of the first workshop to be co-hosted by the Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland. The location of the workshop correlates to the expertise of the host partner.

Programme draft:

Presentations by Professor Ramunas Vilpisauskas, Vilnius University and Professor Baldur Thorhallsson on the challenges of small states facing the current political turmoil in the changing security environment in Europe.

Comparing the Baltic and Southern European Crisis – Vytautas Kuokstis, Vilnius University

Reshaping Defence Diplomacy: Small State Security in 21st Century Europe – Dr. Andrew Cottey (Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration), University College Cork

Two guest speakers to be confirmed

A panel discussion with all participants

Final remarks by Professor Ramunas Vilpisauskas

The workshop is organized as a half-day event followed by a roundtable for young researchers under the guidance of senior academics to be hosted at the university.

 

The second workshop of the project is to be hosted by the University of Malta under the heading Small States and the Current Political Turmoil related to Immigration in the early fall semester of 2018. It will be organized as an open event giving the civil society and policy makers, as well as the academic community, direct access to the network and the research conducted by the partners. The University of Malta is the coordinator of this workshop to be co-hosted by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The location of the workshop correlates to the expertise of the host partner.

Programme draft:

Presentations by Professor Anders Wivel, University of Copenhagen and Professor Roderick Pace from the University of Malta on the challenges of small states related to immigration with a focus on migration, border control, security and populist extremism.

Intervention by Dr. Charalambos Tsardinidis of the Aegean University in Rhodos on Greece´s challenges associated with the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean

The Europeanization of Malta in relation to the migration crisis

Dr. Mark Harwood, Senior Lecturer, University of Malta

Two guest speakers to be confirmed

A panel discussion with all participants

Final remarks by Professor Roderick Pace

The workshop is organized as a half-day event followed by a roundtable for young researchers under the guidance of senior academics to be hosted at the university.

 

The third workshop of the project is to be hosted by the University of Lund in Sweden under the heading Small States and Open Borders in the late fall semester of 2018. It will be organized as an open event giving the civil society and policy makers, as well as the academic community, direct access to the network and the research conducted by the partners. Lund University is the coordinator of this workshop to be co-hosted by the University of Zagreb in Croatia. The location of the workshop correlates to the expertise of the host partner.

Programme draft:

Opening remarks by Dr. Hugo Brady, Special Advisor on immigration to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, on how to make Schengen work.

Presentations by Assistant Professor Maria Strömvik, Lund University, and Assistant Professor Dana Lusa, University of Zagreb, on how the limitations on free movement of people within the EU effects small states in Europe

Intervention by Associate Professor Rikard Bengtsson, Lund University on the  dynamics of European Integration and security.

Organized Crime in the Schengen area – Dr. Jean Claude Cachia, University of Malta

One guest speaker to be confirmed

A panel discussion with all participants

Final remarks by Assistant Professor Maria Strömvik

The workshop is organized as a half-day event followed by a roundtable for young researchers under the guidance of senior academics to be hosted at the university.

 

The fourth and final workshop of the project is to be hosted by the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia under the heading Small States and Good Governance in the spring semester of 2019. It will be organized as an open event giving the civil society and policy makers, as well as the academic community, direct access to the network and the research conducted by the partners. The University of Ljubljana is the coordinator of this workshop to be co-hosted by Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. The location of the workshop correlates to the expertise of the host partner.

Programme draft:

Presentations by Professor Primoz Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, and Associate Professor Kulli Sarapuu, Tallinn University of Technology, on the role of public administration in tackling current policy challenges.

The Impact of Fiscal Crisis on the Public Administration Reforms in Europe – Tiina Randma Liiv, Professor of Public Administration, Tallinn University of Technology

European Standards of Human Rights Protection in Relation to Migration – Dr. Alenka Kuhelj, Associate Professor, University of Ljubljana

Two guest speakers to be confirmed

A panel discussion with all participants

Final remarks by Professor Primoz Pevcin

The workshop is organized as a half-day event followed by a roundtable for young researchers under the guidance of senior academics to be hosted at the university.