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Reflections on UACES 1st Virtual Conference

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UACES Annual Conference 2020 brought our research group a mixture of excitement and poignancy. We are enormously grateful to the UACES team for their phenomenal work in organising and hosting a superb event, which was not only highly intellectually stimulating but which was also a tour de force of smooth and highly effective e-learning.

My NORTIA residency at KU Leuven: China, Contestation, and Covid-19

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Spending some time in Brussels is always an invaluable opportunity for any EU researcher. I first arrived at KU Leuven on January 6th, 2020, a little over a month since the new von der Leyen Commission took office. At the time, COVID19 was only news in China and Western mainstream media was preoccupied with issues such as the coming into effect of Brexit on January 31st and the potential implications of the Soleimani incident between the US and Iran. Those were the days.

Standing Still to Move Forward? Reflections on a Decade at UACES

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A few months ago, I was having a WhatsApp chat with my 3 best friends. They are all incredibly talented women – one is a partner in a law firm, another an award-winning science journalist and author, another a charity policy director. Intimidating or what? The conversation was about the organisations they’ve worked for and the value of moving between different companies. One of my friends said ‘[it’s] amazing how easily you can think your organisation’s way of doing something is the best or most productive until you experience different workplaces’.

UACES Chair’s Message — May 2020

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Dear UACES colleague, I hope you and your friends and family are well during these troubling and uncertain times. It has been great to see that the UACES community has remained as vibrant and supportive as ever online and on Social Media as colleagues have adapted to the realities of teaching, researching and staying in […]

UACES Chair’s Message — February 2020

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Dear UACES colleague, This is my first column as Chair since the UK’s departure from the EU. I am sure for many of you, particularly those based in the UK, this was a day of reflection and contemplation. My sentiments on the day were of sadness as I considered what the UK’s exit meant to […]

Small States and Security in Europe: Between National and International Policy-Making | Event Report

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“Small States and Security in Europe: Between National and International Policy-Making” Workshop University of Cambridge 27-28 June 2019 This event was supported by a UACES Small Event Grant and by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports from the grant OPVVV CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/17_050/0008466.     On 27-28 June 2019, University of Cambridge hosted a workshop on small […]

The Changing Role of Citizens in Reforming EU Democracy | Event Report

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“The Changing Role of Citizens in Reforming EU Democracy” Workshop Queen Mary University of London 15 May 2019 This event was supported by funding provided by a UACES Small Event Grant (learn more and apply), the Queen Mary Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS), and the Queen Mary Department of Law. The event contributes […]

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