Why Japan Matters: Business Reinvention and Technology Leadership in the Digital Economy
Events Japanese companies are re-emerging as major players in the new digital economy. They have responded to the rise of China and new global competition by moving upstream into advanced components and materials. This new strategy has made Japan the technology anchor for many global supply chains and the country will be an important player in the digital transformation. How has this reinvention occurred and in what ways have Japan’s societal preferences for stability affected the process?
Belarus Between Threats and Opportunities
On November 25, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and UI's Ola Westerberg and Martin Kragh discussed the situation on Belarus in the webinar "Belarus Between Threats and Opportunities" hosted by the The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Kingdom of Sweden and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Kingdom of Sweden.
Hanating 2020 The Future of Nordic Cooperation in Foreign and Security Policy
Events The military cooperation between Sweden and Finland is often highlighted as exemplary while less attention is paid to the civil cooperation in societal security and civil defence as conducted and planned at present already. At the same time, we stand on the threshold of a new and changed threat that requires new cross-border cooperation in societal security as can be clearly seen not least in the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Elections in Eastern Europe: What Paths Lie Ahead?
UI held a webinar on Georgia’s post-election political landscape. Givi Silagadze, Eto Buziashvili and Per Ekman discussed the upcoming Georgian election and its similarities and differences with recent elections in Belarus and Ukraine.
The International Law Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Events In this seminar, distinguished legal experts discussed and elaborated on the relevance of international law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and what the legal assessment of the various political developments and initiatives would be.
Tracing Intersections of COVID-19: Gender, Water and Armed Conflicts
Events The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world and provided an opportunity to press the re-set button on water crises and gender inequalities. Although women and girls are affected disproportionally, especially in water-scarce parts of the world impacted by armed violence, women play a central role in emergency response, both at the household level as water providers and at the community level through women-led organizations.
LGBTIQ Rights and International Actors: perspectives from activism, politics and research
Events In contexts where the rights of LGBTIQ people are attacked by states, religious groups and transnational movements, how can governments and international actors responsibly and effectively support LGBTIQ activists in their struggle for equal rights?
The EU and the Arab uprisings: lessons learnt and new challenges ahead
Events The Arab Spring was the culmination of decades of societal insecurity and lack of adequate governance for many in the region. The uprisings took the state elites in the region, as well as powerful international such as the US and EU, by surprise.
Hong Kong and the Quest for Democracy and Freedom under Chinese Rule
Events One year ago, on June 9, 2019, at least hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill with China. The bill was eventually withdrawn, but Hong Kong citizens now face Beijing’s so-called “National Security Law”. Will this mean the end of civil liberties and the pro-democratic protests in Hong Kong? How will the Hong Kong citizens react? How should Europe respond? Welcoming remarks Christer Ahlström, Director, UI Panel Martin Lee is widely referred to as the “father” of Hong Kong democracy. He was one of only two pro-democratic members of the Basic Law Drafting Committee, formulating Hong Kong's mini-constitution. He is the founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong and a former member of Hong Kong’s parliament. Joshua Wong is a student activist who has played a key role in several Hong Kong protests. As a then-18 year old, he gained international attention as the "face" of the 2014 Umbrella Movement. He is the secretary-general of the pro-democratic Demosistō party. Eliza Lee is a professor of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on state-society dynamics and the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Moderator: Tim Rühlig, Research Fellow, UI Welcome!
China’s Global Role in the Covid-19 Crisis
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries around the world have imposed strict lockdown measures and economies are paralyzed. Observers debate how quickly economic growth in China, where the outbreak first started, will recover compared to other countries. Can the crisis be an opening for Beijing to advance its international position?
Rising Insecurities in the Middle East and North Africa
Events What does the recent wave of protests across the MENA reveal about the status of state-society relations in the region? Are there communalities between the recent waves of uprisings? How are states and established regimes reacting to rising domestic insecurities?
Revisionism or Reconciliation? Relating to a Conflict Ridden Past
Events Societies around the world face the challenge of dealing with legacies of violence and oppression. Some countries deal with their conflict ridden past through open discussions, judicial proceedings and various forms of truth-seeking measures. Others choose collective amnesia as strategy. It seems that the past is seldom settled but can be questioned and re-written to the benefit of current political agendas and paradigms. Struggles over the past conflict are ongoing in for example Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda and Poland. Why do some historical legacies continue to burden states and national identities? Can such conflicts be settled, and how should new interpretations of established history be dealt with? How do we take on the challenge of revisionism? Together with the Living History Forum, we arranged a conversation between: Jan Grabowski, Professor of History at the University of Ottawa and founder of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research, and Johanna Mannergren Selimovic, Senior Research Fellow at UI, and Associate Professor of Peace and Development Research. Her research concerns memory politics in relation to peace processes.
Understanding the New Political and Economic Role of China in the Persian Gulf
Events Given China’s growing energy needs, to what extent could Beijing increase its political and military engagement in the Persian Gulf? How would a bigger Chinese footprint affect the region’s relations to the EU, Russia and the United States?