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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A Roundtable on Implications for the Liberal Order

Mar 15, 2022 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

A special public event on the occasion of the Russian-led war in Ukraine. Seven SCRIPTS experts and fellows met at an online roundtable on Tue, 15 March at 18:00 to analyse the implications of this "Zeitenwende" (watershed moment) from diverse regional perspectives.

Link to the recorded livestream: https://youtu.be/GyozNXBAq2Y

About the event

In an extraordinary session of the German parliament on February 27, 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) emphasized in his speech on the Russian invasion of Ukraine that we are living through a watershed era, a so-called Zeitenwende.

With its war against Ukraine, the Russian regime is not just shattering the sovereignty of Ukraine and its people, it also seeks to destruct the European and international system of the Post-Cold War era. A turning point, the change of an era? Is this a paradigmatic contestation that challenges and potentially transforms not only Europe but also other world regions and the liberal international order?

To approach the Russian contestation of the Ukrainian state and to assess its potential implications for the liberal script, this SCRIPTS roundtable brought together seven scholars from different world regions to describe, explain, and discuss diverging European and global perspectives. Taking the SCRIPTS blog series "Perspectives on the Russian contestation of the Ukrainian state" as a discussion starter, the roundtable focussed on the policies, perspectives, motivations, and reactions of several states and world regions concerning Russia’s invasion, and how this is a contestation of the international liberal script.


Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm

Katharina Bluhm is professor for Sociology and director of the Institute for East European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as a principal investigator at SCRIPTS’s Research Unit “Borders”. Her research interests focus on conservatism and varieties of capitalism in Central and Eastern Europe, economic, and political sociology.
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Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel

Tanja A. Börzel is professor of Political Science at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, and the director of SCRIPTS. Her research concentrates on questions of governance and institutional change because of Europeanization as well as on the diffusion of European ideas and policies within and outside of the EU.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse

Thomas Risse is director of the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Senior Professor at SCRIPTS, and director of the Berlin International College of Research and Graduate Training. His current research interests include areas of limited statehood and challenges to the liberal international order.

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Dr. Tobias Rupprecht (also moderator)

Tobias Rupprecht is Postdoctoral Researcher and Head of SCRIPT’s Junior Research Group “Peripheral Liberalism” that assesses the intellectual development and political impact of liberal ideas before and during the marketisation of (formerly) state socialist countries. As a global historian with a particular interest in the history of (state) socialism and (neo)liberalism, his research has mostly addressed Soviet and Eastern European encounters with the Global South.


Prof. Dr. Ummu Salma Bava

Ummu Salma Bava is professor for European Studies and holds the Jean Monnet Chair at the Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. One of the leading Indian experts on contemporary Europe, the European Union, Germany, and India, her research focuses on domestic and foreign and security policy.


Lunting Wu

Lunting Wu is a Doctoral Researcher at SCRIPTS’s Research Unit “Orders”. His PhD project deals with South American countries' foreign policies towards China's Belt and Road Initiative, with a focus on Chile, Colombia, and Brazil. As a graduate of the University of Lisbon and the Macao University of Science and Technology, his research interests include foreign policy analysis, China-Latin American relations, South-South Cooperation, and Comparative Politics.


Dr. Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Tatiana Zhurzhenko is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and in the SCRIPTS project “The Liberal Script in Ukraine’s Contested Border Regions”. As a political economist and philosopher, her research interests are borders and border regions in post-Soviet space, memory politics, conflict and post-conflict societies, and gender, and feminism.

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Time & Location

Mar 15, 2022 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM