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Exploring Russian Cyber Interference: A RENPET Scholar's Journey at the University of Kent

Eugene Kondratov |

Between September and December 2023, I undertook a RENPET-funded research stay at the University of Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations. This period was integral to my PhD thesis, which examines Russia’s hybrid interference campaigns in Western democracies. My primary aim was to explore the changing dynamics of Russian disinformation and cyber interference, assessing […]

'Migrant Instrumentalisation' , EU’s Border with Belarus and Russia and Realities on the Ground

Aleksandra Ancite-Jepifánova |

In late November 2023, Finland temporary closed all its border crossing points with Russia in response to the perceived ‘instrumentalisation of migrants’ by that country. This has been made possible by the recent amendments to the Finnish Border Guard Act that allow for border closure in case of a large influx of migrants, deliberately caused […]

Researching Pharmaceutical Policymaking in Brussels

Vassilis Karokis-Mavrikos |

As an early career academic in European Public Policy, my PhD thesis seeks to introduce a new lens for the understanding of agenda-setting and policy-formulation dynamics at the EU level.

Fieldwork in Turkey at Sabancı University

Samuele C.A. Abrami |

During the path towards a PhD degree, it is undeniable that having a chance to spend some time abroad as a visiting researcher is something that enriches not only the project itself but also the human and professional experience of the candidate. This is even more crucial when one is based at a European University […]

UACES Chair’s Message — November 2023

Simon Usherwood |

The summery delights of our Annual Conference in Belfast might feel like a long time ago, now that more wintry weather has set in, but I’d like to take you back to an event that demonstrated so well what UACES is all about.

Crisis and Migration Policy-Making: Normalization of Exceptionality

Marguerite Arnoux Bellavitis |

In the first half of 2023, asylum applications have increased all over the EU compared to last year, raising fears of a new ‘crisis’. Since 2015, the crisis has been the main frame of reference for migration at the EU level.

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