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The conference theme this year deals with what can be understood as a question and simultaneously as a statement – “Nationalism and Populism: The Future of Europe?”.

Nationalism and Populism as topic has repeatedly proven to be a relevant as one of the major issues of the future in European politics, as growing nationalist sentiments and the rise of populist parties in Europe have taken on decisive roles, influencing events such as Brexit, the securitisation of migrants and the debate over a European army/strategic autonomy.

BSIS International Conference

The panels will focus on the possible challenges and scenarios Europe may be facing with regards to migration, security and defense, as well as the role of (social) media.

Professionals, experts, scholars and students will be gathered for an interesting day during which adept speakers will engage in discussions in complex and diverse panels.

The 2019 annual BSIS International Conference is slready SOLD OUT.

Friday, 5 April 2019
Venue: Brussels School of International Studies,
University of Kent

Panels & Speakers

Keynote – Nationalism & Populism: The Future of Europe?
Dr. Richard Sakwa

Panel 1 – Securitisation of the Migrant: At the Border & Beyond

Marianna Karakoulaki (moderator)
Thomas Huddleston
Kumut Imesh
Pia Klemp
Gulwali Passarlay

Panel 2 – Security and Defense: A Geostrategic Perspective on Political Extremism

Dr. Daniel Fiott (moderator)
Petros Mavromichalis
Dr. Jordan Becker
Dr. Jamie Shea
Dr. Andras Szalai

Panel 3 – The Role of Media: Instrumentalising Nationalism and Populism

Marta Kotwas (moderator)
Dr. Hans-Georg Betz
Renate Schroeder​
Michael Kay




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