Conversations on Europe: The Russian war in Ukraine: Displaced People and Changing Security Concerns

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For this 3rd Conversations of Europe this Spring 2024, join our experts for a discussion on "The Russian war in Ukraine: Displaced People and Changing Security Concerns."

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine transformed European security concerns dramatically. It has disrupted the lives of countless people in the region. It triggered a new wave of rapid forced migration throughout the EU and in other neighboring countries. Displacement from the war impacts not only Ukrainian women and children fleeing to Poland, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, and other neighboring countries. It has also affected Russians avoiding mobilization or Russian intellectuals avoiding repressions in their home country. Unfortunately, at a time of record numbers of internal and external displaced persons worldwide, the number of people seeking asylum has now risen in Central Asia and Caucasus. In addition to considering the overall security situation resulting from the war, this Conversation on Europe will ask: How do these movements of people affect the current situation in the EU and in receiving countries? How have societies and state apparatuses reacted to this migration, and what can we learn from these dynamics? What role does “security” and securitization play in these processes? Moderator: Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh


  • Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh
  • Erica Edwards, University of Pittsburgh


  • Svitlana Babenko, Malmö University (TBC)
  • Joachim A. Koops, Leiden University
  • Kseniya Yurtayeva, University of Michigan


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Hosted by European Studies Center, a Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsors and participating centers: The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University, the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida, the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech, and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union