VUB is hosting a debate on the war in Ukraine. The invasion, the fighting, the refugees, the despair, the fear and the pain raise many questions, and experts including Alexander Mattelaer and Jonathan Holslag will be happy to answer them. Their years of expertise and experience will provide a clear and scientifically based interpretation. Within the framework of the project The World Needs You, the university is inviting students, academics and other concerned citizens to attend this debate. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to you as a journalist. As an Urban Engaged University, VUB stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We do not want to leave anyone behind in these difficult times.
The debate takes place from 18.00-19.30 on Thursday 17 March in Aula QA at the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus in Etterbeek. Please register via the VUB press office.
- Intro by Ukrainian VUB alumnus Artem Kyzym
- Debate participants: Prof Dr Alexander Mattelaer, assistant Prof Olesya Tkacheva, Prof Dr Romain Meeusen, Prof Dr Jonathan Holslag
- Moderator: Prof Dr Wendy Van den Broeck, affiliated with the Department of Communication Sciences and research centre imec-SMIT. She teaches courses including New Media and Society in Europe.
- Closing words: VUB alumna Laura De Grève, head of international humanitarian law and volunteering coordination international cooperation at Red Cross Flanders
Olesya Tkacheva is an assistant professor at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB) and former acting dean of Vesalius College. Her research focuses on Russia-Nato relations and the effects of digital technologies on international relations. She teaches courses on research methods and Russian foreign policy.
Professor Jonathan Holslag is an expert in diplomatic history and international relations. He teaches at VUB and is a guest lecturer at several foreign universities and at Nato’s highest training college for generals. He is the author of several books, including last year’s From Wall to Wall: World Politics Since 1989.
Professor Alexander Mattelaer is a defence expert. He is senior research fellow of the European affairs programme at the Royal Institute for International Relations, and professor at VUB. His research specialisations include the politics of European integration, EU defence policy, and Nato. He is also a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and senior editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy.
Prof Dr Romain Meeusen is head of the Human Physiology and Sports Physical Therapy research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and has been vice-rector for Internationalisation since 2019.
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