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On Religious Foundation – Updated!

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I attended the first academic lecture “What is the Bible?” under the Associate of King’s College London Course 2011-2012 for General Studies Michaelmas Semester lectures “The Bible, Literature, Artefact, Scripture” on the 3rd of October 2011. The lecture was given by Revd. Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of King’s College London. What is it all about? – […]

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Balanced or Imbalanced Europe in Global Politics?

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As an early birthday gift, I was registered as a visiting researcher at King’s College London yesterday. Connected with that I attended the Jean Monnet Centre of excellence Annual Lecture “The Shattering of Illusions – And What Next?” by Jean Monnet Professor of European Organization, and President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy Loukas Tsoukalis (University of […]

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33rd anniversary of Camp David Accords

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Robert Satloff writes in article published on 15th September 2011 “Needed: High Level U.S. Attention to the Dire Situation in Egypt” that “Everything America has accomplished in the Middle East during the last thirty years has been built on the foundation of the Camp David Accords and the transformation of Egypt from Soviet client to […]

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Conference “20 Years of [Estonian] Independence”

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Estonia regained independence 20 years ago and Tallinn University is hosting a conference from the 22nd to 23rd of August 2011 “20 Years of Independence“. This is a social sciences conference and the key presenters are Professor Pjotr Sztompka (Jagiellonian University, Poland) who is going to talk about: “The Dilemmas and Ambivalences of Post-Communist Era”; Mikko Lagerspetz […]

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Nordic Political Science Congress at Åbo Akademi Vaasa

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From 9 to 12 August 2011 I participated in the XVI Nordic Political Science Congress at Abo Akademi at Vaasa (Finland). The Congress website is here: http://www.nopsa2011.abo.fi/english.html   Although meant more for political science associations from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland, I found many Estonian delegates – Kadri Simm (University of Tartu) with presentation “Nordic Reflections in the […]

On Public Lecture: Jeffrey C. Alexander “The Performative Revolution in Egypt”

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Jeffrey C. Alexander, the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University gave a public lecture today at Tallinn University. He was talking about the Egyptian revolution – event that he considered the most important in the Arab world and a day-by-day drama that could be dated between 25 January and 11 February 2011 during which […]

Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi (I did not mean it personally ..)

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Half dead half alive I am back home and to daily Internet access, and today also celebrates the first day of the Polish EU presidency at the time Jerzy Buzek being the president of the European Parliament and Janusz Lewandowski the commissioner for financial programming and budget. What kind of challenges does the new presidency face? – Change of the understanding of the welfare state, […]

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Book Review: Paul F. Diehl, Charlotte Ku, “The Dynamics of International Law”

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The book: Paul F. Diehl, Charlotte Ku, “The Dynamics of International Law” (Cambridge University Press, 2010) brings a new framework for analysis and a model for legal change and influence of normative change in international law indicating the systemic imbalance of international law. To my mind this book is probably offering the best academic solutions to […]

European Weekend School 2011 – Updated!

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On 4 May 2011 (Latvian Independence Day) I came to Istanbul with the aim to attend the Weekend School organized by the Boğaziçi University Center for European Studies Student Forum (CESSF) (the university has  Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) on the general topic: “Accession to the EU: Expectations and Realities” taking place from 5 to 7 May 2011.   5 May […]

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