Mariia Vladymyrova speaks at a panel on climate and security nexus in Berlin

Cameron Hunter attends Georgetown University Wargaming Society event

Cameron Hunter recently attended a session run by the Georgetown University Wargaming Society (GUWS). GUWS is a student-led organisation that aims both to be fun and to make professional wargaming skills more accessible – not only at Georgetown but across the DC Metro area. GUWS provides a forum for trying unfamiliar games, meaning Cameron benefitted from learning new concepts and approaches to wargames design. The Society is also characterised by lively debate accompanying play, as opponents and allies discuss design philosophy and the political topics modelled on the board. Regrettably, this time Cameron was not able to return to KU with the laurels of victory – thankfully this did not spoil an enriching day.

Cameron Hunter selected for the CSIS PONI Mid-Career Cadre

Cameron Hunter, Postdoctoral Researcher on the RITUAL DETERRENCE Project, was recently inducted into a Washington-based group of nuclear experts. With the goal of ensuring knowledge of nuclear weapons issues does not disappear, the Center For Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has run the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) since 2003. PONI’s Mid-Career Cadre brings together nuclear specialists from technical, policy and military backgrounds that have at least 7 years of experience in the field. As part of the Cadre’s activities, Cameron will be involved in discussions throughout the nuclear communities of the US and its allies.

Maria Mälksoo at the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence 2023 in Tallinn, Estonia

Prof. Maria Mälksoo participated at the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence 2023, titled as ‘A Silver Medal is Not Good Enough: Mobilising Ourselves to Deter Another War in Europe’. The conference was organised by the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn, Estonia on 26-27 September 2023. Prof. Mälksoo moderated the opening session of the conference, titled as ‘Defending Every Inch – Time for Some Proper Weightlifting’. 

Maria Mälksoo’s Keynote at the Post-Socialist Memory Cultures in Transition Conference, Tallinn University, Estonia, 20-23 September 2023

Maria Mälksoo gave one of the keynote talks at the 2nd Post-Socialist Memory Cultures in Transition Conference at Tallinn University, Estonia, on 22 September 2023. Her talk was entitled ‘Translation Troubles: Russia’s War on Ukraine and the Lessons of World War II in International Memory Politics’. She also spoke at the roundtable ‘Rhetorics of Colonialism and Russia’s War in Ukraine’.

Maria Mälksoo at EISA PEC2023, Potsdam, 5-9 Sept 2023

Maria Mälksoo participates at the 16th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA PEC2023) at the University of Potsdam, Germany, on 5-9 Sept 2023. She presents her co-authored paper (with Jorg Kustermans) ‘Ritual and the limits of the everyday’ in the panel ‘The Practice Turn in IR and Its Critics’, convenes the roundtable on her edited volume Handbook on the Politics of Memory (Edward Elgar, 2023), participates in two roundtables (‘Let’s talk about war!’; ‘Wartime Heterarchy — Exploring the Nodes and Layers of the West-Russia-China relations’) and speaks at the main plenary session ‘Democratizing the construction of future orders’. 

Maria Mälksoo at the SIPRI workshop on nuclear weapons in NATO’s deterrence policy, 29-30 Aug 2023

Maria Mälksoo participates at the workshop on nuclear weapons in NATO’s deterrence policy, organised by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on 29-30 Aug 2023.

Maria Mälksoo’s lecture at the PhD Summer School in Estonia, 28 June 2023

Maria Mälksoo gave an invited lecture ‘What’s Deterrence Got to Do with Ritual? Tales from the Eastern Flank of NATO’ at the PhD Summer School in Economics and Management, Political Science, Law and Public Administration, a partnership between University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Business School, Tallinn University and Bank of Estonia in Pühajärve, Estonia, 27-29 June 2023.

Maria Mälksoo’s Inaugural European Foreign Affairs Review lecture in Brussels, 4 May 2023

Maria Mälksoo gave the inaugural European Foreign Affairs Review lecture entitled ‘The EU in the Academy of War’ at the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) 2023 Conference in the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 May 2023.

Maria Mälksoo keynote at Newcastle University, 25 May 2023

Maria Mälksoo gave a keynote ‘NATO’s New Front: Allied Deterrence Goes East’ at the workshop ‘Critical Perspectives on NATO’ at Newcastle University, UK on 25-26 May 2023. The workshop was sponsored by the Gendering IR Working Group and the Military War and Security Research Group, Newcastle University.