In a Faith in Europe Briefing (text and video recoding will be available later) in October 2020 Dr Ruth Deyermond, Senior Lecturer in Post-Soviet Security at King’s College London, suggests that in recent years, conflict with Russia has emerged as one of the greatest threats facing the UK and Europe. The most serious threat of all is to Russia’s neighbours, the states of the former Soviet Union, but these are also problems that the rest of Europe cannot afford to ignore. This talk looks at the current crisis in Belarus; the ongoing conflict in Ukraine; the risk of interference in upcoming elections in Georgia; and the political and security threats posed by Russia to the rest of Europe. It explores the way that all these crises have been shaped by the wider conflict between Russia and the West over ethical issues such as human rights and the Russian government’s identification as the defender of traditional values and Russian Orthodoxy
Identity in the Island of Ireland after Brexit and Covid-19: Can the Churches Help to Shape a New Landscape?
Gladys Ganiel, a sociologist at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast, examines the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 on identity in ireland and the consequences for the Churches throughout the island.
Christian Illiberalism in Hungary in a Historical Perspective (and) How the Fidesz Government in Hungary is Co-opting the Churches
Nora Berend, Professor of European History at the University of Cambridge examines the historical roots of Christian illiberalism while Alexander Faludy, Anglican priest and journalist, looks at links between government and churches.
Edie Friedman, Director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, looks at how to talk about the Israel-Palestine conflict, identifying what to avoid when talking about Israel and Jewish people and making some suggestions to help with the debate.
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