Security, Cooperation and Identity in Northern Europe

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On 29 January 2016, a conference will be held at the Embassy of Finland (K. Kalinausko str. 24, Vilnius) entitled “Security, Cooperation and Identity in Northern Europe”.

VMU Vice-Rector for International Relations Prof. Ineta Dabašinskienė will deliver the opening speech while the conference panels will be moderated by the Head of VMU Dept. of Public Administration Prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas and the Dean of Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy Prof. Šarūnas Liekis.

Northern Europe, the network of small and medium-size states and regional organisations is in generous supply of contemporary challenges and opportunities of geopolitical, social and economic nature. Growing assertiveness of Russia in its north-western neighbourhood and beyond, a potential of thaw in relations with Belarus, a need for a responsive engagement of NATO in the Baltic States and Poland, migrant crisis and issues related to EU solidarity, the rise of Eurosceptic and far-right political mood in the region, let alone far reaching consequences of terrorism constitute a fertile ground for political and academic discussions. Their synergy enables us to have a better grasp of political complexities and scout around for cooperative responses to the aforementioned problems.

The conference will summon politicians, academics and experts from Lithuania and the Nordic States and aims at publicizing results of the conference. Language of the conference is English.

The conference is co-organised by VMU, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Sweden and Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania.

Conference program

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