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Insights on the War in Ukraine: Sciences Po's Response

Over the course of the last few days, all eyes have been turned towards Ukraine and the war being waged on the orders of Vladimir Putin. Aggression on this scale, in direct violation of international law, and the unbridled disregard for the value of human life that have been witnessed over the past few days has left many feeling at a loss, unsure of how to process the events that are unfolding on the global stage.

In addition to our efforts to assist students to evacuate the zone of conflict and to provide material and psychological support to students, researchers, and professors in exile or who are affected by this war, Sciences Po is  strongly committed to providing a scientific  perspective and concrete intellectual frameworks with which to understand our current moment. As an international research university, Sciences Po pledges to research, teach, and study the major issues of this region.

With this in mind, Sciences Po has taken action - along with CERI - by making available a selection of online resources compiled by researchers and PhD students. Sciences Po's Research website (FR) has also made analyses by researchers available.

In addition, since the 8 march 2022, a number of lectures have been organised with specialists from our academic community and public figures to allow a rational and scientific analysis of the facts to be shared through the prism of the human and social sciences.

Below, you will find an evolving list of the Sciences Po events. We will continue to add events in the coming days and weeks.

List of events organised

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - "Ukraine Confronted with War: Live from Kyiv"

In this event, hosted by Sciences Po’s Centre for International Studies (CERI), Philosopher Volodymyr Yermolenko and Politician Tetyana Ogarkova, two Ukrainian researchers living in Kyiv, will discuss the significance of the Russian invasion, delving into Ukrainian identity and the resistance of its society, the support that their country expects from the outside world, as well as the potential effects of this conflict. Anne de Tinguy, Ioulia Shukan, and Christian Lequesne will moderate this debate. The event will be held in a hybrid format - both online and in person. Find out more and listen to the podcast (FR).

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - "Women in Conflict: Impact of the War in Ukraine" 

On International Women's Day and in the context of the current events in Ukraine, the School of International Affairs (PSIA) will host a debate on women in armed conflicts with Simona Miculescu, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Romania for UNESCO. The event will be chaired by the Dean of PSIA, Arancha GonzalezFind out more and watch the video.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - "60 Minutes with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands" 

The School of International Affairs (PSIA), welcomes Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, to discuss the recent developments in Ukraine and to reflect on the possible effects of cooperation within the European Union and NATO. The event will be chaired by the Dean of PSIA, Arancha Gonzalez. Find out more and watch the replay.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - "The Economic and Financial Dimension of the War in Ukraine"

In response to its military aggression in Ukraine, the international community has decided to apply large-scale and unprecedented economic and financial sanctions against Russia. What are the objectives, effectiveness, risks and potential impact of these sanctions on Russia, Europe and France? This conference, organised by the School of Public Affairs (EAP) and moderated by its Dean, Philippe Martin, will provide the opportunity to analyse the financial, energy, and economic dimensions of the war. Marc-Antoine Eyl Mazzega, President of Ifri’s Center for Energy and Climate, Sergei Guriev, Professor of Economics at Sciences Po, and Ludovic Subran, Chief Economist for Allianz, will discuss these questions. Find out more.

Friday, 11 mars 2022, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - "Ukraine and Europe Confronted with the Russian Invasion: Scientific Insights"

In solidarity with the Ukrainian people, with our colleagues and students in Ukraine, and with dissident voices in Russia and Belarus, the Eurolab and Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE)’s researchers are mobilizing to shed light on the war in Ukraine and the reactions of the international community and European institutions. The aim is to understand the stakes of this conflict and its consequences for Ukrainians, as well as to question how this war affects our reflections on Europe and its research, beyond disciplinary perspectives or goals. The event will be held in a hybrid format - both online and in person. Find out more and watch the replay (FR).

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 5 p.m. - "Europe in all its States. Ukraine at the Heart of the French Presidency of the European Union"

"Revival, power and belonging", the motto of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union is clear and its program ambitious. Nevertheless, this dense agenda is part of an unprecedented geopolitical context given the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Clément Beaune, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, will discuss these issues and challenges with Olivier Rozenberg, associate professor at Sciences Po, Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics. Find out more and watch the replay.

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 7:15 p.m. - "The Russian War in Ukraine: Historians' Views on Past Mobilisations"

In the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sciences Po’s Centre for History has organised a roundtable with professors Sabine Dullin and Mario del Pero, tenured professors at the Centre for History. They will be joined by Masha Cerovic, lecturer at the EHESS and professor at Sciences Po. Find out more (FR).

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 4:45 p.m. - "Ukraine: Towards a Bottom-Up Change in Asylum Practices in Europe and the United States?"

Europe is preparing for the largest wave of refugees since World War II. Two million Ukrainians have found refuge in the European Union, while 100,000 are expected in France. In this round table, Thomas Lacroix (Sciences Po - CERI/CNRS) and Colleen Thouez (The New School, New York USA) will discuss their reception conditions. Find out more (FR)

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 7:15 p.m. - "The Geopolitical Implications of the War in Ukraine"

Sciences Po's Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) will host a conference to discuss the profound geopolitical implications of the war in Ukraine. The discussion will feature Mircea Geoana, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the WTO, President of the Paris Peace Forum, Marie Mendras, Research Fellow at CNRS-CERI and Professor at PSIA, Viktoriia Molnar, PSIA student, Master in International Development, and will be chaired by Arancha Gonzalez, Dean of PSIA. Find out more and watch the replay.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 12:45 p.m. - "Sciences Po 2022, The Great Forum: Faced with War"

In the context of the #Sciences Po 2022: The Great Forum cycle, this second debate will gather Sciences Po researchers and students to reflect on the war in Ukraine. The discussion will feature Bertrand Badie, professor emeritus of universities at Sciences Po, teacher-researcher associated with CERI; Arancha Gonzalez, dean of the School of International Affairs at Sciences Po (PSIA); Martin Legros, philosopher, editor-in-chief of Philosophie magazine; Marie Mendras, professor at Sciences Po and researcher at CERI, and journalist Ali Baddou. Find out more and watch the replay (FR).

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 5 p.m. - "The War in Ukraine: Is Europe Learning to Play Power Politics?"

One month to the day, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this conference on March 24th will analyze Europe’s ability to position itself as a global geopolitical player.

The discussion will feature Zaki Laidi, political scientist and special advisor to the high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell and Stéphanie Balme, Dean of the Undergraduate College and researcher at Sciences Po's CERI. Find out more.

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 5 p.m. - "Participating in the Security Council today: the Role of Non-Permanent Members at a Time of War in Ukraine"

In the framework of the Research Group on Multilateral Action (GRAM) of CERI-Sciences Po, this research seminar will feature Amb. Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations in New York. Find out more (FR)

Monday, 28 March 2022, 2 p.m. - "Encounter with Charles Michel, President of the European Council"

At the invitation of the association Le Parlement des étudiants de Sciences Po, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, will hold a special conference to discuss the war in Ukraine and the role of the European Union in the conflict. Find out more and watch the conference (FR)

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 4:30 p.m. - "Ukrainian Society in the Face of War: A First Assessment"

Conference organized by CERI-Sciences Po with Anne de Tinguy, researcher at CERI and professor emeritus at INALCO; Mykola Riabchuk, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Studies, Kyiv and Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Paris; Alexandra Goujon, lecturer at the University of Burgundy; Kathy Rousselet, research director at CERI and Jacques Rupnik, research director emeritus at CERI. Find out more and listen to the podcast

Monday, 4 April, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - "How to address the conflict in Ukraine with students?"

In this conference organised by the Center of History of Sciences Po in partnership with the Academy of Versailles, Jérôme Grondeux, general inspector of education, sport and research; Marion Fontaine, Sabine Dullin, Sciences Po, Center of History, will discuss this important question. Find out more (FR)

Monday, 11 April, 2022, 5 p.m. - "The Economic Impact of Trade Sanctions on Russia"

In this conference co-organised by the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and the Department of Economics, professors at the Department of Economics Sergei Guriev, Isabelle Méjean, Xavier Ragot, Moritz Schularick, and Thierry Mayer discuss. Find out more

Wednesday, 11 May, 2022, 1 p.m. - "60 minutes with Volodymyr Zelensky. Live from Kyiv"

Thanks to an initiative by the Embassy of Ukraine in France, President Volodymyr Zelensky will address students from Sciences Po, l’Institut National du Service Public, l’École Polytechnique, INALCO and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne for an exceptional lecture. He will speak remotely from Kyiv and will then answer a few questions taken from the amphitheater Émile Boutmy at Sciences Po. Read more

Thursday, 12 May, 2022, 10 a.m. -  "The Russo-Ukrainian war. Geopolitics of gas and impacts on prices and companies"

A seminar proposed by the Center for International Studies (CERI) as part of the series Energy and Cohesion seminars: governance, regulations and negotiations, in the presence of Marc-Antoine Eyl Mazzega, director of the Center for Energy and Climate, IFRI and François Bafoil, Sciences Po- CERI / CNRS. Find out more (FR)

Tuesday, 14 June, 2022, 9 a.m. - “The Political Uses of History in Russia and Ukraine. Between Law and Geopolitics”

The political uses of history and memory of the Second World War play a major role in the discourses of justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This conference organised by Sciences Po's Law School will examine the current uses of history and law in Russia from a comparative and multidisciplinary approach with Central and Eastern European countries. With Mykola Gnatovskyy, Professor of International Law, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, judge at the European Court of Human Rights elected in respect of Ukraine, and Julie Saada, Professor of Philosophy at Sciences Po, Law School. Find out more (FR)

Tuesday, 21 June, 2022, 6 p.m. Ceremony: Elena Zhemkova, Doctor Honoris Causa of Sciences Po.

As part of events to mark Sciences Po’s 150-year anniversary, Mathias Vicherat, in the name of Sciences Po, awarded Elena Zhemkova an honorary doctorate from the university, in a ceremony attended by many members of the permanent faculty. As the executive director of Memorial International, Elena Zhemkova agreed to receive this distinction on behalf of the Memorial organisation as a whole, which has spent over 30 years working in Moscow and across Russia, as well as in several other European cities, to compile a history of mass atrocities and political repression in the former USSR and to defend human rights wherever they are threatened. Find out more and watch the replay

Thursday, 23 June, 2022, 5:30 p.m. - “Heritage International Protection in Wartime: the Case of Ukraine”

As the war in Ukraine drags on, this discussion will address political and urban dimensions of heritage protection, in presence of the leading Ukrainian architect and scholar, co-founder of the Urban Forms Center in Kharkiv, Ievgeniia Gubkina, and the Director of the Culture and Emergencies entity of the Culture Sector at UNESCO, Krista Pikkat. They will discuss with Arancha Gonzalez, Tommaso Vitale and Maxime Forest (Sciences Po). Find out more

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Cover image caption: Map of Ukraine through a magnifying glass (credits: Shutterstock / Golub Oleksii)