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Transnational and

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Regional Dynamics

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Ph.D. Scholarships in
Humanities and Social Sciences

Analysing change

"What Does Belarus Teach Us? East European Revolutions from Warsaw and Prague to Kyiv and Minsk”

Member of the Advisory Board Mykola Riabchuk about revolutions in Eastern Europe in a long durée analysis: See the presentation at the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University here: 

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Analysing change

Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant

Advisory Board member Muriel Asseburg and her co-authors about the Covid-19 pandemic and conflict dynamics in Syria

“Nine years into the (civil) war, Syria is in an extraordinarily poor position to confron the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the pandemic leading towards the uniting of local, regional, and international actors involved in Syria around a common purpose, conflict dynamics have hampered an effective response to Covid-19. Yet, the pandemic is unlikely to become a decisive turning point in conflict dynamics or an overall determinant of its future trajectory. Rather, in the mid-term, the relevant actors are likely to continue to follow their strategic interests in Syria, while some will have to adjust their operational priorities, as well as the strategies to pursue them, against the backdrop of the pandemic.” 

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Analysing change

Bucerius Fellow Stanislav Budnitsky about “Russia’s great power imaginary and pursuit of digital multipolarity”

“Over the past two decades, Russia has championed the primacy of national governments in managing the global internet. Scholars attribute Russia’s global internet governance philosophy and practices predominantly to its increasingly authoritarian and illiberal regime under President Vladimir Putin. This article, by contrast, explores how Russian ruling elites’ view of Russia as an immutable great power has directed the subsequent Russian governments’ pursuit of a state-based multipolar digital order.”

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Last call was published in 2018

Programme

“Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. The programme offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences studying political and social change in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia.

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News


Bucerius Fellow Ċ½ilvinas Švedkauskas and his colleagues published an article in the Washington Post: "Russia´s Disinformation campaigns are targeting African Americans" more

Analysing change

The Politics of State Celebrations in Belarus


Bucerius Fellow Maryia Rohava studies ideological power relations between the state and its citizens in an authoritarian context
 
“The symbolic production of WWII commemorations has been the recipient of one of the Belarusian government's most dedicated streams of public spending since the start of Aliaksandr Lukashenka's presidency over 25 years ago.1 Lukashenka regularly confirms financial support for the organisation of military parades. (…) However, not all Belarusians share the President's sentiment about the need for military parades. Every year, online petitions to stop military parades are circulated, arguing that they disturbed the everyday life of city residents, damaged roads and created dangerous traffic situations. Two dramatic events have also contributed to public concerns. On 3 July 2008, more than 40 people were injured when a bomb exploded during the Independence Day concert..." more