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Research Seminar by Professor Sander Aaron Garrett

On March 4, a research seminar at the International Laboratory of World Order Studies and New Regionalism was held. The speaker was Sander Aaron Garrett - Ph.D. (International Relations), specialist in the field of Central Eastern Europe, teacher of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

He presented his report on the topic “Analysis of European Cohesion: Perspectives of European Flexibility and Hedging in Central and Eastern Europe”.

In his speech, Prof. Sander talked about Central Eastern Europe’s socio-economic success with integration into the EU since accession and about what are the costs and benefits of European integration for these states. During the report, such issues as the economic and development dependence of the old EU members, as well as the troubles of identity, were discussed in detail. Another core theme of the presentation was the issue of the cohesion of the European Union and the concept of “unity in diversity”.

Regarding the prospects, Professor Sander, believes that the full participation of the states of Central Eastern Europe in the political and economic processes of the EU will be possible as a result of the consolidation of these states within its subregion.

After the presentation, a series of questions and answers took place with the participation of Professor Andrei Krikovich, Dmitry Novikov and Christopher Lamont, where the audience was given the opportunity to express their critical view at the presented report and generate the discussion.