The workshop sought to explore the nexus between current affairs and the challenges to democratisation and democracy at large as well as to establish a platform for pooling collective insights, igniting discussions, and building synergies to advance our shared mission to contribute to the consolidation of the democratic progress in the EU neighbourhood and beyond.
In July, a great opportunity unfolded as we became an integral part of the workshop ‘Democracy Support Strategies in the European Union’s Neighbourhood.‘; an event that marked a significant moment during the 10th European Workshops in International Studies which took place in Amsterdam between 12-14 July 2023 under the hospices of the European International Studies Association (EISA).
The workshop was supported by three Horizon Europe projects:
REDEMOS: Reconfiguring EU Democracy Support – Towards a sustained demos in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood.
SHAPEDEM-EU: Rethinking and Reshaping the EU’s Democracy Support in its Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood.
EMBRACE: Embracing Change: Overcoming Blockages and Advancing Democracy in the European Neighbourhood.
Bringing together three sister consortia working on similar issues related to democratic challenges in the European Union’s neighbourhoods, we embarked together on a journey to explore innovative frameworks for addressing these challenges and supporting democratic progress.
The workshop was convened by our esteemed partners and members of the REDEMOS project team, Prof. Theofanis Exadaktylos from the University of Surrey and Dr. Madalina Dobrescu from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, while other participants from the REDEMOS consortium included Dr. Marina Rabinovich from the Kyiv School of Economics, Diana Ranga-Enachii and Dr. Mihai Turcanu from IDIS Viitorul, as well as Arusyak Aleksanyan and Ashot Aleksanyan from the Yerevan State University.