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Event is set to celebrate the launched partnership between LSE IDEAS and Faculty of International and Political Studies (FIPS) and the establishment of LSE IDEAS Central and South-Eastern Europe Programme at the Jagiellonian University. The accompanying academic panel Democracy: Threats and Challenges will feature speakers from both IDEAS and FIPS discussing problems faced by liberal democracy, including value crisis, populism, illiberalism, and digital technologies.

In November 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding Between the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University and LSE IDEAS was signed, establishing cooperation between the two institutions. The partnership aims to contribute to the global exchange of ideas and knowledge-building on the joined interest for academic research and outreach to a broader professional as well as general public.

The research cooperation focuses on topics of shared interest, such as: the future of democracy in Central and South-Eastern Europe and within the European Union, the appeal of illiberal democracy and populism, issues concerning migration, international and regional security, and energy security.

Official launch of the LSE IDEAS CSEEP at the Jagiellonian University with opening remarks by:

  • prof. Paweł Laidler, Dean of FIPS
  • prof. Christopher Coker, Director of LSE IDEAS
  • prof. Chris Alden, Director of LSE IDEAS
  • prof. Łukasz Kamieński, Director of LSE IDEAS CSEEP at the JU

Democracy: Threats and Challenges panel

  • prof. Christopher Coker (LSE IDEAS director): Do We Still Value Democracy?
  • prof. Chris Alden (LSE IDEAS): South African Democracy: From "Rainbow Nation" To State Capture
  • dr. Luke Cooper (LSE IDEAS): Democratic Responses to the Threat of ‘Authoritarian Protectionism’
  • dr. Marcin Fatalski (FIPS UJ, LSE IDEAS 2021/22 Visiting Fellow) Liberal Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the Rise of Illiberalism
  • dr hab. Magdalena Góra (FIPS UJ): Democracy, Differentiation, and Dominance. Segmented Debate on the Future of Europe
  • prof. Garry Robson (FIPS JU): Technocracy Rebooted: Will Democracy Survive ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ and ‘Social Physics’?
  • Moderated by prof. Artur Gruszczak (FIPS UJ)

LSE IDEAS CSEEP at the Jagiellonian University is proud to invite you to a special event and Q&A session with prof. Christopher Coker, director of LSE IDEAS.

Prof. Coker will be discussing the war in Ukraine including the progress of the military campaign, the policy of the West, the impact of sanctions, the political position of Vladimir Putin and the possibility of a wider global confrontation. His remarks will be based on the discussions of IDEAS Russia-Ukraine Forum, an informal group of policy makers, academics, and journalists.

Christopher Coker is Director of LSE IDEAS, the foreign policy think tank of the LSE. He was Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019. He is a former twice serving member of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute, a former NATO Fellow and a regular lecturer at Defence Colleges in the UK, US. Rome, Singapore, and Tokyo. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute for Defence Studies In Tokyo, the Rajaratnam School for International Studies Singapore, the Political Science Dept in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and the Norwegian and Swedish Defence Colleges. His publications include Rebooting Clausewitz (Hurst, 2015), Men at War: what fiction has to tell us about conflict from the Iliad to Catch 22 (Hurst, 2014); The Improbable War: China, the US and the logic of Great Power War (Hurst, 2015); Future War (Polity, 2016), and The Rise of the Civilizational State (Polity, 2019). His most recent book is Why War? (2020).

Chair: dr Wojciech Michnik (LSE IDEAS CSEEP at the Jagiellonian University)

Liberal democracy was in crisis well before President Vladimir Putin’s February escalation of the Russia-Ukraine war. However, the February escalation has magnified the ongoing battle between democracy and authoritarianism. Democracy in the Age of Putin will aim to explore challenges to democratic values in the Central and Eastern European space. The conference is organised in cooperation with IDEAS (London School of Economics), the Rațiu Forum, Jagiellonian University and Babeș-Bolyai University.

Taking place on September 5-6, 2022, an event was an initiative, which furthered the cooperation between all institutions and brought together experts, specialising in the CEE region. Five panels - The State of Democracy in CEE, Corruption and the Rule of Law, Democratic Values and Ideas, Human Rights at Risk, and Populism and Nationalism - gathered over 20 renowned researchers, including experts from Poland, like Joanna Dyduch, Paweł Laidler, Wojciech Michnik, Przemysław Tacik, Katarzyna Zielińska (Jagiellonian Unviersity), Adam Reichardt (New Eastern Europe), and Andrzej Sadecki (Centre for Eastern Studies).


Monday, 5th September

10:00 - 10:05: Opening of event
10:05 - 10:15: Opening remarks: Nicolae Rațiu, Chairman of the Ratiu Family Foundation

10:15 - 12:15: The State of Democracy in CEE

  • Prof. Przemysław Tacik, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University
  • Prof. Joanna Dyduch, Institute of the Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University
  • Prof. Raluca Alexandrescu, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest 
  • Session Chair: Prof. Alexander Evans, London School of Economics

13:45 - 15:45: Corruption and the Rule of Law

  • Prof. Elena Simina Tănăsescu, Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Bucharest
  • Andrzej Sadecki, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw
  • Prof. Paweł Laidler, Dean of Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University
  • Session Chair: Adam Reichardt, Editor-in-Chief, New Eastern Europe

Tuesday, 6th September

10:00 - 12:00: Democratic Values and Ideas

  • Adam Reichardt, New Eastern Europe
  • Dr. Wojciech Michnik, International Relations and Security Studies, Jagiellonian University
  • Prof. Adrian Pabst, University of Kent
  • Prof. Gabriela Ciot, Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj
  • Session Chair: Dr. George Jiglau, Political Science Department, Babeş-Bolyai University

13:30 - 15:30: Human Rights at Risk

  • Prof. Katarzyna Zielińska, Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University
  • Prof. Christopher Coker, Director of IDEAS
  • Dr. Cynthia Carmen Curt, Faculty of Political Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj – TBC
  • Dr. Laura Herța, Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj
  • Session Chair: Prof. Przemysław Tacik, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University

16:00 - 18:00: Populism and Nationalism

  • Prof. Sergiu Mișcoiu, Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj
  • Dr. Fernando Herrero, University of Manchester, Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies
  • Prof. Slobodan Markovich, Professor at the School of Political Science of the University of Belgrade
  • Session Chair: Prof. Christopher Coker, Co-Director, LSE IDEAS

For more information about speakers, visit the official website of the event.

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