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Workshop Day 3: “Facing the Russia Challenge: European and Canadian Perspectives”

October 6, 2022 at 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Location:Online with Zoom.

The Jean Monnet Network on Canada-EU Relations is pleased to host a multi-day online workshop, Facing the Russia Challenge: European and Canadian Perspectives, on September 29, 30 and October 6, 2022.

This workshop features presentations by scholars and experts from across Canada and the European Union. One panel on September 30th will be a hybrid format, in person at the University of Latvia and online.

Registration is required to attend the workshop in order to receive the Zoom link. A registration form follows below.

The workshop is co-organized by the University of Latvia and Carleton University, where the Jean Monnet Network is housed (

Background for the workshop:

Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine has turned into a war that marks the collapse of the European security system as we have known it since the end of World War II. The conflict has challenged the European Union (EU) to reinforce its capacity as a security actor, and to adopt more assertive policies to defend the geopolitical interests of the Union, its Member States, and partner countries. Some of the EU’s responses have required substantial sacrifices, particularly in the field of energy security. The workshop will explore implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine for the European Union and its Member States, as well as for Transatlantic cooperation, with particular attention to Canada’s role.

Draft program (as of September 27):

A detailed agenda and speaker biographies are available here.

Thursday, October 6

Day 3: Transatlantic Responses to the Crisis
Time: 9:00-12:15 (EST-Ottawa) / 15:00-18:15 (CEST-Brussels) / 16:00-19:15 (EET-Latvia)

09:00-10:30 (EST-Ottawa) / 16:00-17:30 (EET-Latvia)
Panel 4: Energy relations: Impacts of the war on Europe’s energy security and policy: The Transatlantic element
This panel will assess the impact of the war on Europe’s energy security, EU and Member State responses, and the role of transatlantic cooperation in addressing the issue.

Chair: Joan DeBardeleben, Chancellor’s Professor, Carleton University, Canada

Michèle Knodt, Professor, Institute for Political Science, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Reinis Āboltiņš, Senior energy market expert, Public Utilities Commission of Latvia
Miranda Schreurs, Professor, Bavarian School of Governance, Technical University Munich, Germany
Petra Dolata, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Calgary, Canada

10:45-12:15 (EST-Ottawa) / 17:45-19:15 (EET-Latvia)
Panel 5: The war in Ukraine and European security: Which way forward?
The discussion on this panel will explore possible routes forward for EU-Russia relations and European security.

Co-Chairs: Joan DeBardeleben, Chancellor’s Professor, Carleton University, Canada and Toms Rostoks, Associate professor, University of Latvia, Latvia

Edward Hunter Christie, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland
Balkan Devlen, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Adjunct Research Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada
Luca Ratti, Associate Professor, History of International Relations, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Adjunct Professor, American University of Rome

Please complete the registration form by Tuesday, October 4, 12:00:

EU flag logo and acknowledgement "With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union"

The Jean Monnet Network on Canada-EU Relations is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, by Carleton University and by Jean Monnet Network partner universities.