Events of the recent months, such as, the war in Ukraine, Russia's revisionist policy towards the West, the enlargement of NATO to Sweden and Finland, the re-evaluation of security policy in Germany or the renewed American leadership, are all of fundamental importance for the future of Europe.
They also represent a breakthrough in post-Cold War history, and many of them are directly relevant to the evolution of security policy in Europe as a result of and after the end of the Cold War. That is why, the European Civilisation Chair at the College of Europe in Natolin, held by Professor Georges MINK, has the pleasure to invite Natolin students to participate in a new series of workshops and debates dedicated to to the legacy of Cold War.
"Cold War and its legacy"
The series begins with a workshop on 10 November 2022 entitled "The End of the Cold War", which aims to to present the events of the end of the Cold War from the point of view of its legacy for contemporary Europe and the world, explaining their historical context, further evolution and significance. The workshop will be led by Professor Marek CICHOCKI and Dr Paweł UKIELSKI.
The workshop will be followed by two "Cold War Legacy Debates" on 14 November 2022 and 25 January 2023, and a final workshop on 25 January 2023.
The workshops and debate series will aim to address the following questions:
- Are we really dealing with a new Cold War 2.0? To what extent are Cold War concepts and analogies useful to describe the current situation?
- Are the Balkans, the Black Sea and Eastern Europe of the area of the former Soviet Union still the "unsettled issue" of the end of the Cold War?
- The United States and Russia facing the end of the Cold War - is it a great victory or a great defeat?
- How did the Cold War end and what can we learn from it?
- What new problems growing out of the end of the Cold War dominated the formation of the post-Cold War order in Europe and the world?
About the speakers:
Prof. Marek CICHOCKI
Professor at the College of Europe in Natolin and Professor of International Relations at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. He is specialized in international relations, German European politics, intellectual and political history of Europe. He lectured at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the Warsaw University (1995-2015), at the Postgraduate School for Social Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2001-2003), and at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (2021-2022). Professor CICHOCKI writes books, essays, articles and dissertations on international relations and history.
Dr Paweł UKIELSKI
Political scientist and historian. Assistant professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Deputy Director of the Warsaw Rising Museum (2004-2014 and since 2016). Between 2014-2016 Vice-President of the Institute of National Remembrance, between 2011-2017 and since 2021 Member of the Executive Board of the Platform of European Remembrance and Conscience (PEMC), between 2019-2021 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PEMC. Lecturer in Collegium Civitas (2002-2014) and Graduate School for Social Research (since 2020). Teaching and research areas: Central-East European transition, regional cooperation in East-Central Europe, the break-up of Czechoslovakia, Czech-Slovak relations, Policy of Remembrance. Author of "The velvet divorce. The role of political elites in the division of Czechoslovakia process" (2007), co-author of "1989 – The Autumn of Nations" (2020).
The Cold War Legacy series remains open for all students of the College of Europe in Natolin (subject to registration). For queries please contact the project coordinator, Mr Tadeusz KOLASIŃSKI.