Borders and international crises

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Date: May 23, 2022
Date: May 23, 2022
Time: 14:30
Start date: May 23, 2022
Event summary: Swedish Institute of International Affairs organises a webinar on the role of borders in international relations.


Swedish Institute of International Affairs.


How have the latest international crises affected the way we view and study borders? International migration, armed conflict, pandemics, climate change and economic crises – the latest decades have presented continuous crises which transcend state borders and require international cooperation. Yet, the responses have often focused on borders, not least in the case of the corona virus pandemic, spurring a renewed conversation on the role and status of international borders. Most recently, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated many of the neighbouring countries’ concern for their national borders and raised a discussion on territorial sovereignty.

How can we understand the shifting importance of borders? Join the conversation with three distinguished speakers on current developments in international border politics and prospects for the future.


Johanna Pettersson, Researcher at Department of Government at Uppsala University and Associated Research Fellow at UI
Matthew Longo, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University
Hugo von Essen, Analyst at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS)

The conversation will be moderated by Sofie Berglund, programme manager and analyst at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Additional information

The event is held online on Zoom. You will receive a link to the webinar in your confirmation email after registration.