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CFA: Challenges to European Security, 24-25 October 2022

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Challenges to European Security

24-25 October 2022 | Charles University, Prague, Czechia
Applications for this event are now closed. Please see the events & activities page for future events.
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How will war in Ukraine impact on EU foreign policy? Should we fear the rise of China? Can we rely on cyber security? Hear from experts on these questions and more, and be ready to contribute your own thoughts. A truly multi-disciplinary approach.
Applicants must be studying towards a master’s or doctorate and must be attending a university that is a member of the Europaeum network.

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Content and approach

The war in Ukraine has put European security under the spotlight. It raises a host of issues including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The political, legal, economic and social implications of the return of major armed conflict between states;
  • The future of Europe’s security architecture including NATO, the CSDP (the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy), and the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe);
  • The response to Russia’s bid to restore control over the post-Soviet space;
  • The foreign and security policies of major players such as France, Germany and post-Brexit UK;
  • Transatlantic relations and the opportunities and obstacles in developing a common US-EU approach to rising China;
  • The EU’s quest for strategic autonomy;
  • The future of the EU’s enlargement and neighbourhood policies in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and the MENA region;
  • Human security, especially in light of the influx of millions of refugees from Ukraine;
  • Cyber security.

This two-day conference convened in partnership with Charles University in Prague will explore all these challenges to security in Europe. The event will gather leading practitioners, academics working in the field of foreign and security policy, as well as graduate students from universities in the Europaeum network. It will feature keynote lectures, and panel discussion, with all attendees expected to contribute to working groups and debates.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Antonio Missiroli (Leiden, former NATO Assistant Secretary-General), Dr Hanna Smith (Director of Research and Analysis at the Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats), and Lieutenant Colonel Dr Seth A Johnston (Heidelberg, Georgetown, US Army).

Who can apply

We welcome applications from master’s and doctoral students from within the Europaeum network who wish to either present a 10 to 15-minute paper or contribute to the discussions. Participants will be given pre-event reading materials and join lively working groups during the event. Those not presenting papers will be asked to take an active role in discussing the papers.

How to apply

Please read the full details in the Guidance for Applicants page before applying. You will need to submit the following documents – all in English – to by the deadline.

  • a completed application form
  • a CV
  • a statement of purpose (max 500 words) giving details of your academic interests and what you would expect to gain from attending this event. Applicants who do not wish to present a paper are encouraged to demonstrate strong affinity with the topic.
  • a reference from your supervisor or academic advisor
  • a title and abstract (up to 500 words) if you are proposing to present a paper

The Guidance for Applicants page should answer most queries. If not, Michael or Lily at will be happy to help.