20:20 Visions: conversations on the future of democracy

20:20 Visions: conversations on the future of democracy is a new series of online discussions on current challenges to democracy faced by Central and Eastern Europe, hosted by LSE IDEAS and the Ratiu Forum.

Immigration into Eastern Europe: new challenges

MONDAY 27 JULY 2020 13:00 TO 14:30 (UK TIME), 15:00 TO 16:30 (RO TIME)

Central and Eastern Europe must address a new phenomenon: it is now a place of immigration. How is the region responding?
Central and Eastern Europe is increasingly a place of immigration as well as emigration – of returning migrants, of increasingly dynamic movement by EU citizens, and of non-EU economic migrants and refugees.
The arrival of larger numbers of immigrants into the CEE region presents challenges to infrastructure, labour markets and social dynamics. Our panellists will draw on their own research carried out in Poland, Romania and Croatia to examine the impact of the social and economic capital introduced by these incoming peoples – and the political, economic and social responses of the receiving countries. In doing so, they will also unpack some of the widespread assumptions and problems around how we talk about, and conceptualise, migration and peoples.

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Remus Anghel is Director of Migration Studies Center, Babeş-Bolyai University.

Michal Garapich is based at the University of Roehampton.

Caroline Hornstein Tomić is from the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Croatia.

Inta Mieriņa is from the University of Latvia, and the Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research.

EVENT CHAIR: Megan Palmer is Programme Manager of the Central and South-East Europe Programme, LSE IDEAS.


Geopolitics in the Balkans

Monday 29 June 2020 13:00 UK time (15:00 RO)

Join us as our panel explores the shifting geopolitical organisation and strategies of the Balkans and the role of external actors such as Russia, China, and the European Union.
The COVID-19 outbreak, shifts in the global order, and rising tensions between great powers have brought new geopolitical dynamics into the Balkans. Against this backdrop, we will discuss these ongoing changes with a special focus on Serbia where parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on 21 June.
We will take a closer look at policies pursued by the great powers (USA, EU, China, Russia) in the region and analyse their agendas in a broader, global context. We will also identify existing dependencies and see how the involvement of major global actors in Serbia may evolve in the future.

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Yu Jie is a Senior Research Fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House. She is the former head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS and remains an Associate at LSE IDEAS. 

Sena Marić is based at the European Policy Centre.

Maxim Samorukov is from the Carnegie Institute Moscow.

Bogdan Zawadewicz is affiliated with LSE IDEAS and Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science.

EVENT CHAIR: Megan Palmer is Programme Manager of the Central and South-East Europe Programme, LSE IDEAS.


Malign Foreign Influences in the Black Sea Region

Monday 22 June 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm (UK time), 8:00 pm to 9:30pm (RO time)

Hosted by LSE IDEAS

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  • The event will be introduced by Bob Blackman MP, Chairman of APPG Romania and moderated by Megan Palmer of LSE IDEAS.

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Tiberiu Anghel

Tiberiu Anghelis a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of CyBourn. Tiberiu leads the development of industry partnerships, managing organisational development and client engagement. Prior to co-founding CyBourn, he worked with the Romanian National Computer Emergency Response team, where he was involved in policy development, crisis communication and pan-European cybersecurity exercises. He also was part of ENEVO Group, an Industrial Internet of Things start-up now active across 3 continents, where he coordinated innovation and security projects. Tiberiu is Board member of ISACA’s Romanian Chapter and holds a CISM certification. He has a Masters from the University of Amsterdam on Innovation Management and International Entrepreneurship and a Bachelors in International Business from Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.

Euan Grant

Euan Grant is a Partner at Grant and Gutsell, a leading consultancy in Border Control, Tax and Customs matters. Euan was a Strategic Intelligence Analyst for HM Customs and Excise and has many years experience working with customs, police and military organisations. At Grant and Gutsell, he consults for the EU and other international organisations on border security, taxation and economic crime, and has worked extensively across the former Soviet States.He is a regular commentator on LBC Radio in the UK on strategic organised criminality.

Corina Rebegea

Corina Rebegea is CEPA’s Director for Democratic Resilience, leading the center’s programming on the future of democratic governance and disinformation. Her expertise includes democracy and rule of law issues, good governance, and public sector leadership, as well as transatlantic security cooperation and Black Sea security. Rebegea has extensive experience in the non-profit sector and has led rule of law and justice reform focused projects in the Western Balkans and South East Europe. She has also led research projects focusing on good governance, regional security, and countering disinformation. A former Fulbright and Open Society Institute Scholar, Rebegea holds an MPA degree from Syracuse University, an MA in Human Rights from the University of Manchester, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Bucharest. She is fluent in Romanian, English, French, and Spanish.



Monday 8 June, 13:00 UK time (15:00 RO)

A recent Freedom House report singled out Central Europe and the Balkans – particularly Poland, Hungary and Serbia – for their alarming rate of democratic disintegration. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided these countries with an unusual opportunity to interfere with constitutional powers and scheduled elections. How have these three countries exploited this opportunity? And what longer-term impact will this have in these precarious times for democracy?
In the first of a series of online talks, the Ratiu Forum welcomes Slobodan Markovich (University of Belgrade, LSE IDEAS), Eric B. Weaver (University of Debrecen) and Wojciech Przybylski (Visegrad Insight, Res Publica Foundation) to discuss these political developments and their impact on democracy and civil liberties. 
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Wojciech Przybylski is the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight and chairman of Res Publica Foundation in Warsaw. Previously Wojciech has been the editor-in-chief of Eurozine – a magazine representing a network of European cultural journals, and – a Polish journal Res Publica Nowa. He has launched and leads the ‘New Europe 100’ project that is networking and bringing forward a community of successful innovators from CEE across the fields of business, research media, NGO and public administration run jointly by Res Publica, Financial Times and Google. He is a member of the advisory board of the European Forum of New Ideas. His expertise includes European and transatlantic affairs as well as policies related to innovation and culture. He has been publishing in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, VoxEurop, Hospodarskenoviny, Internazzionale, Gazeta Wyborcza, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and several others. His new book ‘Understanding Central Europe’ (co-ed. with Marcin Moskalewicz) has been published in 2017 by Routledge. 

Slobodan Markovich

Dr. Slobodan G. Markovich, MBE is Full Professor at the School of Political Science of the University of Belgrade where he lectures Political Anthropology, Political History of South-East Europe and Image of European Other. He is also Full Professor at the Institute for European Studies in Belgrade. He has been Research Associate at LSEE/LSE since 2012, and at LSE IDEAS since 2018. He has been the head of the Centre for British Studies at the School of Political Science in Belgrade since 2017. His published monographs include a book on Freud’s pessimism: Pessimistic Anthropology of Sigmund Freud (Belgrade, 2012), on Serbian economist, politician and diplomat Chedomille Miyatovich. A Victorian among Serbs (Belgrade, 2006), and a monograph on British-(Balkan)Serbian relations: British Perceptions of Serbia and the Balkans 1903-1906 (Paris, 2000, in English). His (co-)edited collections of papers in English include: British-Serbian Relations from the 18th to the 21st Centuries (Belgrade, 2018), Problems of Identities in the Balkans (Belgrade, 2006), and Challenges to New Democracies in the Balkans (Belgrade, 2004). He has been the coordinator of annual meetings “Psychoanalysis and Culture” since 2016.His research interests include: Construction of Ethnic/National and Religious Identities in the Balkans, British-Balkan Relations, psychoanalytic anthropology, and History of European Pessimism.

Dr.Eric Weaver

Dr. Eric Beckett Weaver is an associate professor teaching political science at the University of Debrecen. He received his doctorate in History from The University of Oxford in 2008. He is the author and editor of a variety of books and articles on nationalism, minorities, and politics in Southeastern Europe.


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