News from May 20, 2014
Daniel Cardoso and Assja Vishnevskaya
Every year, for one night only, Berlin and Postdam are taken over by science. It is a long night in which several scientific institutions in the two cities present their latest research initiatives. This year the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Long Night of Sciences) took place on May 10th, and the Center for Global Politics joined the event with a panel entitled “Innovating the Academics in Global Politics”. The goal of the panel was to present some of the most topical international political subjects of 2014 and discuss them with visitors.
The visitors were welcomed by Katrin Risch, CGP’s senior project manager, who gave a brief introduction of the center, followed by a short presentation of the CGP’s Alumni Association and its activities by Anna Kushch. The first session of the panel was conducted by Daniel Cardoso, Marc Venhaus, Miguelángel Verde Garrido and Philani Mthembu, PhD candidates of the Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP). They talked about their efforts to set up the Berlin Forum on Global Politics, a non-profit organization devoted to merging research and political activism. Based on their most recent publication entitled “The Transatlantic Colossus: Global Contributions to Broaden the Debate on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement”, which is available for download at bfogp.org, the cofounders of the the forum discussed with the audience the global implications of the agreement, which is currently under negotiation.
The talk on TTIP was followed by Anastasiia Vishenvskaia presenting her research results on integration prospects between China and Central Asia. Through huge economic cooperation and rising trade volume, the relations between the post-soviet “Stans” and their powerful neighbour are certainly not rosy, as growing illegal Chinese migration to the region raises concerns among the local population.
Any discussion on relevant issues of international politics can hardly bypass the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and so GSGP students have also organised a panel discussion on that problem. FU researcher and Ukraine-expert Inna Melnikovska agreed to chair the panel, in which GSGP students Kristina Piilik, Philani Mtphembu, Daniel Cardoso and Anastasiia Vishnevskaia presented different perspectives on the crises. The discussion was followed by an exciting debate with the audience.
It was a great opportunity to debate with all the visitors their concerns and interests about global politics. We look forward to welcoming you all to Freie Universität again next year!