The Global SEESOX project

The Global SEESOX project

Since the collapse of communism, South East Europe has been approached in the context of its European vocation and its integration with the EU and with NATO. However, the rise of the multipolar world is having an additional impact on South East European countries, which at times complements and challenges European hegemony. For their part, the countries in South East Europe, conscious of their crucial geostrategic location, are actors in the global arena who have to take internal decisions on how to deal with external influences and different options. In the course of the new century, all South East European countries have developed links with Russia, the Middle East and China in areas ranging from security, economic or cultural issues.

SEESOX Seminar Series, Hilary Term 2015
Global South East Europe in a multipolar world

Wednesday 21 January
Beyond Europeanisation: European hegemony versus global influences
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Spyros Economides (LSE); James Ker-Lindsay (LSE)
Chair: Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
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Wednesday 28 January
Energy politics: Empowerment or dependency?
Diana Bozhilova (King’s College, London); Constantinos Filis (Panteion University); Androulla Kaminara (European Commission)
Chair: David Madden (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
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Wednesday 4 February
Entering through the back door: China’s interests in South East Europe
John Farnell (EU-Asia Centre, Brussels); Rana Mitter (St Cross College, Oxford)
Chair: Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
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Wednesday 11 February
Diasporas in times of crisis: Agents of change?
Robin Cohen (The Oxford Diasporas Programme); Sarah Garding (Nuffield College, Oxford); Antonis Kamaras (ELIAMEP)
Chair: Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
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Wednesday 18 February
The influence of Islamic fundamentalism and new security challenges
Kerem Oktem (Graz University)
Chair: Faisal Devji (St Antony's College, Oxford)
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Wednesday 25 February
Migration to South East Europe: Transit or final destination?
Franck Duvell (COMPAS); Eugenia Markova (London Metropolitan University); Dragas Tudorache (European Commission)
Chair: Jonathan Scheele (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
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Wednesday 4 March
Russia: A partner and ally, or a Cold War competitor?
Dimitar Bechev (LSE); Oleg Levitin (EBRD)
Chair: Roy Allison (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
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Wednesday 11 March
Global approaches to rule of law promotion in the Western Balkans
Erwan Fouere (Centre for European Policy Studies); Pierre Mirel (European Commission)
Chair: Richard Caplan (Linacre College, Oxford)
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