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In November and December 2022 Dr. Dimitris Bouris (he/him) (UvA) Jean Monnet Chairholder of ATHENA will organise the 7th Practitioners Engagement Series in cooperation with the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). This year’s series will engage with a number of topical issues and will also involve several high-level officials, policy-makers, academics and practitioners. Topics will include the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, the EU Global Strategy, Feminist and Queer Perspectives to EU Foreign Policy as well as the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Event details of The EU as a Global Actor
Start date 10 November 2022
End date 24 November 2022

The series opens with an event on the EU’s role as a Global Actor. Mr Samuel Doveri Vesterbye (he/him) (Managing Director, European Neighbourhood Council) will touch upon issues related to the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, the EU’s Global Strategy and the most recent Strategic Compass. He will also reflect on how these recent policies impact EU-Turkey relations and EU-Central Asia relations.  

The series continues with an event focusing on Feminist and Queer Perspectives to EU Foreign Policy. Speakers include Ms. Annika Ojala (she/her) Rights & Democracy Campaigner for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and Dr. Hanna Muehlenhoff (she/her) Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam.

In the final event Dr. Elena Lazarou (she/her) Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service, Ms. Anita Sęk-Pajić (she/her) Policy Advisor on Russia and Eastern Partnership - Policy Planning and Strategic Foresight Division (European External Action Service) (tbc), Ms. Katarína Mathernová (she/her) Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission and Head of Support Group for Ukraine and Dr. Olga Burlyuk (she/her) Senior Researcher at ATHENA Jean Monnet Chair and Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, will analyze and reflect on the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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The EU as a Global Actor? Reflecting on the Common Security and Defence Policy, the EU Global Strategy and the Strategic Compas

Date and Time: Thursday 10 November 2022 12:00-14:00 - online 

Samuel Doveri Vesterbye is Managing Director at the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) and specializes in Turkey, Central Asia and the Middle East. He oversees ENC research projects across the neighbourhood and Central Asia, including Academic Council Members and regional strategy. His research is focused on EU-MENA and EU-Turkey relations in trade, accession, energy, migration, and regional neighbourhood policy. He is the author of numerous research studies, including Palgrave Macmillan’s Managing Security Threats along the EU’s Eastern Flanks.

Feminist and Queer Perspectives to EU Foreign Policy

Date and Time: Thursday 17 November 2022 12:00-14:00

Speakers

  • Ms. Annika Ojala (she/her) Greens/EFA Group European Parliament
  • Dr. Hanna Muehlenhoff (she/her) Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam)

Annika Ojala (she/her) is an international human rights advocate, public speaker and expert on gender equality, LGBTIQ+ rights and inclusive leadership in the digital world. Annika works as a Rights & Democracy Campaigner for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. Prior to working at the European Parliament, Annika worked for the Green Party in Finland, where she co-created three highly successful electoral campaigns, which contributed to the historical rise of women to leadership positions in Finnish government. Annika has contributed to numerous projects to support women’s* leadership and inclusion globally. She has consulted with the OSCE, European Women’s Lobby, Google, and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive and equal communities. Annika contributes to national and international political strategies and campaigns, facilitates training sessions, and supports various grassroots activities for social change. Her theory of change is rooted in green sustainable action, interlinking the protection of human rights to the creation of ecologically sustainable communities. Born in Helsinki, Annika now lives in Brussels after years living in Johannesburg and Paris.

Hanna L. Mühlenhof (she/her) is Assistant Professor of European Studies with a focus on ‘Europe in the World’ at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her research is on security, militarism and civil society funding. She focuses on the European Union, Turkey and the Netherlands and engages with feminist, queer, postcolonial and Foucauldian perspectives. She is elected co-chair of the Council of European Studies Gender and Sexuality Research Network. She is also one of the coordinators of the UACES Research Network “Gendering EU Studies” , which aims to advance feminist research on the EU. She has coordinated the ' Gender and Sexuality in European (Geo)Politics ' online lecture series with the Amsterdam Center for European Studies ( ACES ). Finally, she is principal investigator in the interdisciplinary research project "Emotions in European Politics: Affective Dynamics and Complex Societal Challenges"  (since 2021) funded by the Amsterdam Center for European Studies (ACES). The project analyzes the role of affective dynamics in debates in the European Parliament in different policy fields.

The EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Date and Time: Thursday 24 November 2022 12:00-14:00

Speakers

  • Dr. Olga Burlyuk (she/her) Senior Researcher at ATHENA Jean Monnet Chair and Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam
  • Dr. Elena Lazarou (she/her) Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service
  • Katarína Mathernová (she/her) Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission and Head of Support Group for Ukraine
  • Ms. Anita Sęk-Pajić (she/her) Policy Advisor on Russia and Eastern Partnership - Policy Planning and Strategic Foresight Division SG.STRAT.3, European External Action Service (tbc)                          

Dr. Olga Burlyuk (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Europe’s external relations at the Department of Political Science (PETGOV research programme) and an affiliate of the Amsterdam Center for European Studies (ACES). She teaches courses in BSc and MSc minors “European Politics and External Relations” (EPER).  Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Olga was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University (BE) and worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kent (UK) and the College of Europe (campus Bruges). In 2019, she spent a semester at Harvard University (USA) as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI). In 2017, she taught in the University Immersion Programme at the Sichuan University (China). Olga holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent (UK), an MA in European Studies from the University of Maastricht (NL), and Master and Bachelor in Law degrees from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (UA).

Dr. Elena Lazarou (she/her) is the (acting) Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) since 2020. Her research focuses on security and defence, global governance, transatlantic relations and EU foreign policy. Prior to joining EPRS, she headed the Center for International Relations of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil (2012-2014) and the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory of the Hellenic Center for European Studies (2009-2010). She received a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in 2008 and subsequently held research positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Sheffield and the London School of Economics (LSE), as well as various visiting positions in think tanks and universities in Europe and the United States. She has published edited volumes, articles and policy briefs in English, Portuguese and Greek and is the editor of the EPRS annual EU Peace and Security Outlook. Dr. Lazarou is an Associate Fellow on the “US and Americas” programme at Chatham House (London) and a Fellow on the European Institutions and Policies programme at ELIAMEP (Athens).

Ms Katarína Mathernová (she/her) is since 2015 the Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission. As Deputy DG and Head of Support Grou7p for Ukraine, she leads on the engagement with Eastern countries and in particular Ukraine. She was previously Deputy DG in DG Regional Policy - in charge of Cohesion Policy Coordination. She has held senior management and advisory posts at the World Bank, and for the government in Slovakia. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, a Masters of Law degree from the University of Michigan, is a member of the New York Bar.

Ms Anita Sęk-Pajić (she/her) is Policy Advisor on Russia and Eastern Partnership in Policy Planning and Strategic Foresight Division of the European External Action Service. Alumna of College of Europe in Bruges and Jagiellonian University in Cracow (MA in international relations and diplomacy). Prior to her secondment to the EEAS, she served as a second secretary – Counsellor on Foreign Relations in the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, responsible for i.a. sanctions and other Common Foreign and Security Policy legal acts.

After joining the Polish diplomatic service in 2014,  she worked in the CFSP Office and was a member of a core group preparing the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016. Prior to that, she was a Marie Curie researcher on EU-Russia relations in Trans European Policy Studies Association in Brussels and a blue book stagiaire in the Cabinet of Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. Next to her native Polish, she tries her best with English, French, Serbian, German and Russian. Mother and captain of a football team.