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RENPET round table: Europe's turning point

  • Helene Sjursen
  • Meltem Müftüler-Baç
  • Tom Casier
  • Olga Burlyuk
  • Gergana Noutcheva
Thursday 2 June 2022
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Flags of the EU and Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February transformed European security and will have long term effects on relations between the European Union and its neighbouring states. In this roundtable we discuss how to understand the policies and priorities of Russia, as well as the distinct dilemmas and challenges facing Turkey in the context of the war. We further compare the perspectives of these states, as well as that of Ukraine, on the EU’s role and policies during the war. Finally, and in line with the inquiry into the EU’s role as seen from its neighbors, we consider the implications for the EU’s neighbourhood policy.


  • Helene Sjursen (chair) is a Research Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies, at the University of Oslo. Her research interests include, theories of international relations, the EU’s global role, Eu enlargement and questions of democracy and foreign policy.
  • Meltem Müftüler-Baç is Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet chair at Sabanci University, Istanbul.
  • Tom Casier is Reader in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies. He is Deputy Director of the University of Kent's Global Europe Centre and Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven.
  • Olga Burlyuk is Assistant Professor of Europe’s external relations at the University of Amsterdam Department of Political Science and an affiliate of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies.
  • Gergana Noutcheva is Associate Professor in International Relations and European Foreign Policy at the Political Science Department of Maastricht University.


RENPET is an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Network of ten major universities across Europe and a leading pan-European professional academic association. Its aim is to foster cutting edge research, translating that research into innovative teaching and professional development. RENPET members actively engage in policy debates.

The ‘Europe’s turning point’ roundtable is part of a three-day series sessions, workshops and lectures hosted at Leiden University. The roundtable is open for all students, staff and other interested people.


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