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EU-Canada Relations Network Workshop Day 1: “Facing the Russia Challenge: European and Canadian Perspectives”

September 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


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. The draft program agenda will be updated very soon.

Registration is required to attend the workshop in order to receive the Zoom link. A registration form is 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, September 29

Day 1: The Russian Challenge: EU and Canadian Responses
Time: 10:00-12:00 (EST-Ottawa) / 16:00-18:00 (CEST-Brussels) / 17:00-19:00 (EET-Latvia) (online)

Opening remarks and welcome

Panel 1: The collapse of the European security regime? How did we get here?
Panelists will provide a broader historical view to the problem of security in Europe in light of the war, and examine explanations for the collapse of the European security system.

Friday, September 30

Day 2: EU and Transatlantic Responses to Russia’s War Against Ukraine
Time: 9:00-12:15 (EST-Ottawa) / 15:00-18:15 (CEST- Brussels) / 16:00-19:15 (EET-Latvia)

09:00-10:30 Panel 2: War in Ukraine and European strategic autonomy
(hybrid format with in-person panel at the University of Latvia)
The panelists will assess the impact of the war on the debate about EU strategic autonomy.

10:45-12:15 Panel 3: The sanctions regime: Assessing the effectiveness
This panel will assess the effectiveness of sanctions, prospects for continued Transatlantic unity, and a comparative perspective on the sanctions regime.

Thursday, October 6

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

09:00-10:30 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.

10:45-12:15 Panel 5: The war in Ukraine and European security: Which way forward?
Panel presenters will explore possible routes forward for EU-Russia relations and European security.

Registration: Please complete the registration form at the Jean Monnet Network event page here by Tuesday, September 27.

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