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The 7th Tallinn University SOGOLAS Winter School of International Relations

IR scholars must face the ongoing changes in the regional, intra-regional, and global dynamics of cooperation from a multi-disciplinary and pluralist perspective. In a post-hegemonic world, the formation of regions and the process of globalization can be largely disconnected from the orbit of the US, and a plurality of power and worldviews has replaced US hegemony. In spite of these changes, most existing analyses of current changes in the world order still rely upon Western-centered approaches, and Westphalian thinking. In such, our Winter School seeks to analyze the changes that will be required both of world governance and power structures, and of our approaches to understanding them as scholars.


Registration to IR Winter School, 12-13.12.2019 at Tallinn University

Registration 12-13.12.2019 IR WinterSchool

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Thursday, 12th December 2019

6pm to 8pm Winter School opening and introductory seminar (Room: M-648)

8.30pm  Social event in Mad Murphy’s Irish Pub (in Old Town, address: Mündi 2, Tallinn)


Friday, 13th December 2019 (at 10am to 5pm in room M-648; at 5pm to 7pm in Astra building 1st floor Teadlaste Foorum; at 8pm dinner for presenters in restaurant Levier).


10.00  - Registration (Room M-648)

10.15 -  Welcoming Remarks - Dr. Indrek Grauberg, Director of Tallinn University, School of Governance, Law and Society

10.30 – Dr. Matthew Crandall - Small states and new status opportunities: Estonia’s foreign policy towards Africa

11.00-  Dr. Tuomo Melasuo - Africa and World War II: The emergence of an imposed regionalization

11.30 – Dr. Élise Féron - Regional organizations and the management of the conflict in Burundi: Too many players?

12.00.-1.00 Lunch Break

1.00 - Karim Maïche - Bilateralism and multilateralism: Obstacles to sub-regionalism in the Maghreb

1.30 – Dr. Gabriel Rached - BRICS and the emergent countries in the twenty-first century: Discussing contemporary perspectives on Global Governance

2.00 – Dr. Giovanni Barbeiri – The AIIB and Tianxia

2.30 – 2.45 Coffee break

2.45 – Terry McDonald – Crisis and Opportunity: How the Greek Crisis Began, Continued, and Opened a Door for China into the EU

3.15 – Dr. Mika Aaltola's presentation

3.45 – Dr. Jyrki Käkönen - Decolonization of International Relations and an emerging order

4.15 – Closing Remarks – Dr. Raivo Vetik

4.45 – Opening of the visual art display – Karstein Volle


5-7.30 International Relations Society Christmas party (in Astra building 1st floor, in Teadlaste Foorum)

8 – Dinner for presenters at restaurant Levier (Rotermanni 18/1)



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The event has been funded by Tallinn University School of Governance, Law and Society, through SOGOLAS Development Fund.