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University hosts national workshop
Expert speakers will present and discuss related topics at the event, which takes place tomorrow (FRI NOV21).
It is the first workshop organised by the BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) and UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies) joint network on EU-Russia affairs.
The network is organising further panels on the EU-Russia theme for the 2009 BASEES and UACES Annual Conferences and is also preparing a special edition of the journal Europe-Asia Studies entitled 'The EU, Russia and the Shared Neighbourhood', which will include some of the papers presented in the workshop.
Professor Martin Dangerfield, from the University of Wolverhampton’s History and Governance Research Institute is one of the workshop organisers and will be chairing discussions and presenting on the day.
“The relationship with Russia is one of the most important and complicated challenges for the European Union and at the same time an issue which seriously divides the 27 member states,” he said. “The key theme of this workshop is the impact of the conflict between Russia and Georgia in South Ossetia in August 2008 on EU relations.”
He said they would be looking at whether there were signs of some fundamental changes in the EU’s dealings with Russia and in its engagement with the shared neighbourhood or if there would simply be a quiet return to business as usual.
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