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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Music, Underground Art & the Realpolitik Dilemma

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

Music, Underground Art & the Realpolitik Dilemma

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma: A Vision of the Future?” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Leila Alieva, a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and an affiliate of Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University School of Global and Area Studies.

In her article, Dr. Alieva applies the metaphor of music and underground art to explain the challenges and contradictions of the current Western foreign policies while representing a model of world affairs, where not only big powers but also smaller states and most importantly their societies are co-creators of their future.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Leila Alieva.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC Analysis – Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma: A Vision of the Future?

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ENC Analysis

Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma

A Vision of the Future?

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis on “Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma: A Vision of the Future?“.

This article is written by our academic council member Dr. Leila Alieva, a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and an affiliate of Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University School of Global and Area Studies.

Art is frequently recognized for being the first form of expression of the nature of global trends, even if they are just emerging. In this ENC Analysis, Dr. Alieva uses the metaphor of music and underground art to illuminate the contradictions and challenges of Western foreign policy and the shifts in contemporary international relations. The author suggests three phenomena—shared responsibility, transcending boundaries, and shifting away from a Euro-centric foreign policy paradigm—instead of realpolitik while analyzing, among other topics, the war in Ukraine, Biden’s policies, environmental issues, and German politics.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine: between Ideals and Reality 

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine: between Ideals and Reality” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Kevork Oskanian, lecturer at the University of Exeter and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

In his article, Dr. Oskanian examines the future of the European regional and global order in light of the ongoing Ukraine war while shedding light on key internal and external dilemmas that might lead to cracks within NATO and the EU.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Kevork Oskanian.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast: How Kazakh Youth Perceive the European Union?

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

How Kazakh Youth Perceive the European Union?

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Admiration despite Invisibility? How Kazakh Youth Perceive the European Union” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Zhanibek Arynov, a postdoctoral researcher at the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

In his article, Dr. Zhanibek Arynov emphasizes the role of youth in European Union policies toward Central Asia and examines the level of awareness of the EU and its policies among young Kazakhs.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Zhanibek Arynov.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC Analysis: Admiration despite Invisibility? How Kazakh Youth Perceive the European Union

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ENC Analysis: Admiration despite Invisibility? How Kazakh Youth Perceive the European Union

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis titled “Admiration despite Invisibility? How Kazakh Youth Perceive the European Union”.

This article is written by our academic council member Dr. Zhanibek Arynov who is a postdoctoral researcher at the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

Youth has always been a major pillar of the EU policies toward Central Asian countries, which was re-addressed in the recent European Union strategy for the region. In this publication, Dr. Arynov examines how much awareness Kazakh youth have regarding the EU and its policies by using qualitative data obtained through focus group discussions with students of leading Kazakhstani universities.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 15

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 15

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the 15th episode, we are focusing on how to deal with disinformation while the war in Ukraine is still raging.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Martyna Bildziukiewicz, who is a strategic communications and disinformation expert. She holds a PhD in political science and since 2018 is part of the East Stratcom Task Force, of which she became the head in May 2021. The task force, based in the European External Action Service, runs the EUvsDisinfo project – the European Union’s flagship initiative that monitors, responds to, and raises public awareness about pro-Kremlin disinformation.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC Analysis – Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine: between Ideals and Reality

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Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine: between Ideals and Reality

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis on “Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine: between Ideals and Reality”.

This article is written by our academic council member Dr. Kevork Oskanian who is a lecturer at the University of Exeter and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

Following an overview of the disputes in the Western alliance regarding policies toward Russia in the run-up to the war in Ukraine, this ENC Analysis discusses several issues that could reopen fissures within NATO and the EU in the future such as populist electoral successes, particularly, in China, and the Global South. In light of the war, Dr. Oskanian also addresses what lies ahead and concludes the piece by giving recommendations to Western countries in terms of relations with the wider world.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Social Media and Jihadism – The case of Tunisia

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

Social Media and Jihadism – The case of Tunisia

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Social Media and Jihadism: The Shaping of a New Discourse” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Emna Ben Arab, academic at the University of Sfax and former Member of the Tunisian Parliament (2004-2011).

In her article, Dr. Emna Ben Arab explores the role of social media in shaping a jihadi narrative that played a decisive role in radicalizing an unprecedented number of youth, taking Tunisia as a case study.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of  Dr. Emna Ben Arab.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC Analysis: Mitigation of Climate Change by Environmental Education

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ENC Analysis: Mitigation of Climate Change by Environmental Education

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis on the “Mitigation of Climate Change by Environmental Education”.

The paper is co-authored by İpek Tekdemir, ENC, and European Parliament advisor, and Maricela Dregan, educational consultant.

In this ENC Analysis, Ms. Tekdemir and Ms. Dregan argue that higher education has the potential to combat climate change. The authors examine the effects and importance of higher education on climate change, the potential of environmental education on the topic, and therefore the link between reducing CO2 emissions and higher education.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC Analysis: Social Media and Jihadism: The Shaping of a New Discourse

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ENC Analysis

Social Media and Jihadism: The Shaping of a New Discourse

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis titled “Social Media and Jihadism: The Shaping of a New Discourse”.

The ENC Analysis is written by our Academic Council Member Dr. Emna Ben Arab who is a former member of the Tunisian Parliament (2004-2011) and an assistant professor at the University of Stax.

Between December 2012 and March 2016, Tunisia had more than 80 terrorist attacks and a relatively large number of Tunisians were influenced to join groups such as ISIS, signaled the presence of a propaganda aimed at Tunisian youth. In this publication, Dr. Ben Arab examines the role of social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and Twitter in shaping a jihadi narrative that played an important role in radicalizing and mobilizing an unprecedented number of youth, taking Tunisia as a case.

The full analysis is available here.