"Legacy of the Cold War" - new workshop and debate series by the European Civilisation Chair

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.

The inaugural Cold War Legacy Debate took place on 14 November 2022 and featured Mr Michał BARANOWSKI (German Marshall Fund) and Mr Hans KUNDNANI (Chatham House). The opening remarks were delivered by Prof. Georges MINK and the debate was chaired by Prof. Marek CICHOCKI.

The speakers examined the most recent events and discussed to which extent Cold War concepts and analogies could be useful to describe the current situation. It also reflected on the past and current position of the US and Russia on key "unsettled issues" of the end of the Cold War present in Eastern Europe and Asia.

The series featured also a workshop on 10 November 2022 entitled "The End of the Cold War", which aimed 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 was led by Prof. Marek CICHOCKI and Dr Paweł UKIELSKI.

The "Legacy of the Cold War" series will continue in 2023 with another debate 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?

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.