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Veronika Pfeilschifter presented an outline of her doctoral project at the graduate seminar BASEES

On 15 June 2021, Veronika Pfeilschifter presented an outline of her doctoral project at the first graduate seminar of the Britisch Association for Slavonic & East European Studies (BASEES). The presentation posed the question whether 'the tradition of the dead' was a 'nightmare on the brains of the living' or whether the past could also serve as a reference point for an emancipatory re-interpretation of the future. Ms. Pfeilschifter underlined the need for more ideological-theoretical research to understand the conjuctures of societal cleavages within the post-Soviet South Caucasus societies. Whilst her project intents to answer the question why leftist ideas have stayed marginalized to different extents in the three countries until today, it also serves as a contribution to develop more critical epistemologies which challenge colonial narratives of the region. The BASEES graduate seminar is a new initiative which enables graduate students to present their research in a dedicated informal way.

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Opinion: Georgia on EU’s mind? Brussels’ reinvention as crisis manager

Co-authored by Bidzina Lebanidze

"Over the last two years the EU has experienced series of setbacks in its eastern neighbourhood. It failed to negotiate a power transition arrangement in Belarus, as a result of Russia’s military buildup the precarious situation in eastern Ukraine almost slipped out of Ukraine, and a full-scale military conflict over Nagorny-Karabagh started, evolved and finished without any involvement of the EU or its member states. All this adds up to increasing assertiveness of illiberal actors such Russia and Turkey, and to the EU's astonishing lack of future vision on how to improve relations with its eastern neighbourhood region. For this background of multiple failures, Georgia's recent post-election crisis between the government and the opposition came as a window of opportunity for the EU to reassert its place as an important player in its eastern neighbourhood."

Originally published by https://euobserver.com/ 

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Jena-Cauc Project presented at the ZOIS Caucasus Network

On 25 March 2021, Diana Forker, Bidzina Lebanidze and Veronika Pfeilschifter presented a first overview of the BMBF-project Resilience in the South Caucasus: prospects and challenges of a new EU foreign policy concept (Jena-Cauc) at the ZOiS Caucasus Network. The project is based on two major observations: The partial failure of EU's governance in the South Caucasus and the conceptual change in the EU's global governance approach. Firstly, Mr. Lebanidze outlined the EU's resilience foreign policy approach and reflected on its potential challenges and limits. Afterwards, Mrs. Pfeilschifter elaborated on the main goals of the reserach cluster 'Societal resilience and democratization' and underlined the need to make an analytical distinction between scope and potential of resilience.

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