Securing Europe (SECEUR) UACES Research Network

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The European security environment has worsened considerably. National, EU and NATO security threat perceptions and planning processes have been fundamentally challenged by the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Hence, for all actors, their policies, strategies and funding priorities were conceived to function in conditions of peace, not against a backdrop of a major, industrialised war. 

The upending of security assumptions provides the theme for the network, but alongside the renewed interest in territorial defence, we observe that pre-existing security challenges like regional security and terrorism have not disappeared. 

Moreover, it has become apparent that the lack of interaction between the silos of IR theory, peace studies, strategic studies and the Eurasian and European studies communities is problematic. This network aims to bridge the gaps and provide a welcoming but also intellectually stimulating and pluralist (methodologically and theoretically) environment for all with an interest in European security, especially the growing number of ECRs and PGRs working on the topic and those from marginalised communities.

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Upcoming events 

We are organising a themed track titled European Security for the UACES annual conference in Trento 1-4 September 2024 (in person) and 9 September (online). To be considered, please ensure you submit your abstract under the European Security track. The deadline for applications through the UACES conference site is 21 January 2024.