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Baltic Geopolitics Network


Network Members

University of Cambridge, Centre for Geopolitics

The Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University is an interdisciplinary space created by leading academics to consider within their historical contexts the world's most pressing current geopolitical questions.

University of Copenhagen, Centre for Military Studies

University of Gdańsk, Faculty of History 

University of Gdańsk is a modern university on the Baltic Sea coast. It was founded fifty years ago and until this day it remains faithful to its original 1970 motto – In mari via tua (The sea is your way). Autonomy, creativity and commitment to the development of the highest quality education and improvement of scientific research combined with respect for tradition and care for the integration of the scientific environment with the business environment constitute the recognizable brand of the University of Gdańsk in Poland, Europe and around the world. There are eleven faculties with 89 original fields of study, three doctoral schools at the university which with 1 700 faculty members offers instruction to 22 thousand students. The University of Gdańsk has been awarded by the European Commission the distinction Human Resources Excellence in Research. With the other universities located in Gdańsk (Medical University, Technical University) the University of Gdańsk has recently formed Fahrenheit University Federation. It combines the research and educational potential of institutions of higher learning striving to achieve an unprecedented level of excellence in the academic history of Gdańsk and Pomerania. The University of Gdańsk is also member of SEA-EU - an alliance of six universities located on the European coasts (Cadiz, Brest,  Kiel, Split and Malta) and 32 associated partners. 

The Faculty of History comprises three institutes: The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Institute of History and the Institute of Art History. It offers seven fields of study of the first- and second degree cycle (Archaeology, Ethnology, History, Art History, Regional Studies and Historic Tourism, German Studies and Religion Studies; furthermore, doctoral studies and five different post-graduate courses. In 2012 the Faculty of History was the winner of a competition organized by the Minister of Science and Higher Education for the best curricula and received a subsidy in the amount of PLN 1 million for implementation of ambitious plans aimed at improving the quality of education.

University of Glasgow, Baltic Research Unit

University of Greifswald, Historical Institute

Located in the southwestern Baltic Sea between Poland, Sweden and Denmark, the University of Greifswald has developed a strong focus on research into the cultures of the Baltic Sea region. Especially the specific combination of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences as well as its long-standing tradition of training young academics rendered excellent conditions for regional studies. In addition to all philologies relevant to the Baltic Sea region, the historical and political sciences as well as theology determine approaches and structures of Baltic Sea Region research in Greifswald. The University of Greifswald is widely connected throughout the entire Baltic Sea region. Institutionalized structures have developed in numerous projects and exchanges. The location, disciplines and history of the University of Greifswald are the basis of the university's focus on Baltic Sea region research, which receives special national support in the newly founded Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO).

The IFZO is a regional studies centre combining innovative research approaches with qualified expertise in researching the Baltic Sea Region. In six interdisciplinary research clusters, scholars explore future-relevant challenges of societies in the Baltic Sea Region. With its innovative dissemination and advisory structures, it is a competent partner for science, politics, business and civil society.

Current research questions focus on transformation processes in the areas of "Cultural Heritage", "Energy", "International Relations and Security", "Regional Development and Rural Areas", "New Nationalisms" and "Sustainability". The interdisciplinary research approaches focus on the shared experiences of ecosystem fragility, societal upheavals and structural changes that are permanently transforming societies in the Baltic Sea region and their centuries-old transnational and regional entanglements.

The "Greifswald Approach" combines methods and questions of social science-based transformation research with approaches and perspectives of Greifswald's regional research, which is particularly shaped by the humanities.

University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute

Klaipėda University, Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology   

The Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology focuses its research on the pluricultural heritage of the Eastern Baltic Region between the Vistula and Daugava (Western Dvina) rivers within the context of the Baltic region as a whole. It has particular strengths in the fields of underwater archaeology, mediaeval and early modern archaeology, and modern cultural, social, and military history. The Institute is part of Klaipėda University, member of EU-Conexus (European University for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability), a higher education institution on the Lithuanian section of the Baltic Sea coast, with an ambition to earn internationally recognised achievements in research and teaching and innovations significant to the prosperity of the Baltic Sea Region.

University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Sciences  

The University of Latvia (UL) was founded as a public university in 1919, just one year after Latvia declared its sovereign independence. As the biggest university in Latvia, and with faculties teaching and researching natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, technical sciences and medicine, UL’s core mission is to not just promote higher education and research but also contribute to Latvia’s national development. The Faculty of Social Sciences represents UL in the Baltic Geopolitics network.

University of Tartu, Johann Skytte Institute of Political Studies

University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Uppsala University, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies


Baltic Geopolitics events organised by Network members in 2021

With Professor Epkenhans.

Our panel examines how the tumultuous events of the last year in Belarus have spilled over into the Baltic.

Well over a century after the birth of renowned Polish-Lithuanian writer Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), we ask what his work meant in his own time and what it holds for today.  The event is hosted by the Centre for Geopolitics and organized by the Lithuanian Culture Institute, Lithuanian Embassy in the UK, the Polish Institute in London, Cambridge Polish Studies, and the Institute for Literary, Cultural and Translation Studies at Vilnius University.

Former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke speaks with Dimitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center about how Russia currently sees the Baltic, and how countries active in the Baltic Sea region can work to lower tensions.

  • 2 June 2021, Official Online-Opening of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO), University of Greifswald​

Keynote interview “Uncomfortable Neighbours: The Impact of Crises on Regional Governance” with Dr. Artis Pabriks, Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister for Defence of Latvia and Edward Lucas​, Center for European Policy Analysis, Times UK followed by panel discussion.

As the new administration of President Joe Biden gears up to tackle Nord Stream 2, and NATO Leaders meet on 14 June, the Centre for Geopolitics assembles a panel of experts to discuss where this contentious project is heading next and what the implications for energy and regional security will be. What is Britain’s interest, if any, in the eventual outcome?

Watch the video of the panel discussion. The trauma of the Second World War in the Baltic was followed by the upheaval of its aftermath. Millions of people were expelled from lands annexed by Poland and the Soviet Union. In the Baltic states nationalist partisans fought on for several years against the return of Soviet rule.

Watch the video of the panel discussion. The momentous events of the past few years have had enormous implications for the Baltic region, and for Britain’s role there.
 

The purpose of this event is to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and the UK, when on 26 January 1921 the United Kingdom gave formal de jure recognition to the Republic of Estonia.

Watch the video of the launch on our YouTube channel.

 

Events organised by Network members in 2020


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To get in touch directly with the programme organiser, please email cfg@hermes.cam.ac.uk