JM Module EU-Russia-Eastern Partnership

Jean Monnet Module “European Union, the Eastern Partnership & Russia in a New Geopolitical Context”

Project Description

The Jean Monnet Module “European Union, the Eastern Partnership & Russia in a New Geopolitical Context”, realized in the years 2015-2018 at the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland is a comprehensive program exploring the challenges the EU is facing in its Eastern Neighbourhood since with the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis in 2014. By a combination of courses, seminars, open lectures and articles, the project provides innovative, policy-analysis oriented teaching and research in a field of foreign policy and international relations.

Project Objectives

  • Establishing grounds for EU foreign policy teaching at Warsaw School of Economics; with a specific orientation on EU’s relations with Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries.
  • Equipping students with knowledge of EU subjects relevant to their academic & professorial lives; as well as raising students’ awareness of the critical role the EU can play in determining the future geopolitical environment of Central Europe.
  • Fostering dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers in the area of EU Eastern policy & Transatlantic Partnership to help enhance EU governance and foreign policy coordination. 


The module encompassed the following activities for the years 2015-2018:

  • Introduction of 2 new EU foreign policy courses (“EU Neighbourhood Policy & the Eastern Partnership” & “EU-Russia Relations - Redefined”) over 6 teaching semesters. The courses are analysis-oriented and will be enhanced by study-visits and meeting with practitioners.
  • Organizing 3 panel discussions, opened to the wide public, on issues devoted the Eastern Partnership initiative & EU-Russia relations. 
  • Organizing an international round-table for scholars, foreign policy experts and policy–makers to exchange expertise and recommendations on EU-Russia relations. 
  • Co-publishing 2 articles, as a direct result of the international round-table proceedings. 

Dr. Katarzyna Pisarska is an Assistant Professor at Warsaw School of Economics. She is also the Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland, the Visegrad School of Political Studies and the Program Director of the Warsaw Security Forum.  In the past, she has served as adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Polish Parliament, to the Office of National Security at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland; and continues to work as regular foreign affairs broadcaster in Polish and international media.

Previously, Dr. Pisarska was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (2007), a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (2010), at the University of Oslo (2012) and at the Australian National University (2015).

In 2013 Dr. Pisarska was named “99 under 33” most influential world foreign policy leader by the Diplomatic Courier in Washington D.C. Dr. Pisarska is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

Dr. Pisarska is a graduate of the University of Lodz (Poland), Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) and the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).