European security in an era of polycrisis

This event will be in University of Sheffield and online

Join us for the European Security Working Group's 8th annual workshop.

The current era is often described as one of polycrisis: multiple, overlapping crises which intersect and reinforce one another in complex ways. These crises include specific violent conflicts (the Ukraine war and the Israel-Gaza war amongst others), intensifying great power tensions, the weakening of international institutions, the rise of populism, continuing transnational threats (such as jihadi terrorism), the challenges posed by the information age and the development of new technologies (including disinformation and artificial intelligence), mass displacement crises and climate change. While most of these crises are global in nature rather than region-specific, they all have significant implications for and impacts on Europe. This workshop will focus on the impacts of these multiple crises on Europe and on European responses to these crises. We welcome empirical, theoretical and policy-oriented perspectives.

The workshop will take place on a hybrid basis (i.e. both in-person and virtual/online), to enable the widest possible participation by members.


9:15-9:30 Welcome 

9:30-11:00 Panel 1: European Security: Understanding ‘Crisis’

  • Jakob Dreyer (University of Copenhagen)
  • Baris Celik, Lewis Eves, Philip Mayne, Gregory Stiles (University of Sheffield)
  • Precious Chatterje-Doody (The Open University)
  • Andrew Cottey, University College Cork 

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-1:00 Panel 2: Defence: NATO, the EU and Capabilities

  • Elie Perot (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Jocelyn Mawdsley (Newcastle University)
  • Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters (Helmut-Schmidt-University of the Federal Armed Forces)
  • Peiran Wang (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2-3:30 Panel 3: Strategy and Policy: Failure/Success

  • Christoph Meyer (King’s College London)
  • Simon J. Smith (Staffordshire University) and Thomas Crosbie (Royal Danish Defence College)
  • Kamil Zwolski (University of Southampton)
  • Baris Celik (University of Sheffield), Simon Sweeney (University of York) and Neil Winn (University of Leeds)

3:30-3:45 Coffee break

3:45-4:30 BISA European Security Working Group: Informal Discussion/Planning Meeting

Ideas and suggestions for BISA European Security Working Group activities, etc are much welcomed!

For more information on the programme and speakers please download the full conference programme below.

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