3rd International Scientific Conference "30 Years of the Visegrad Group"

Third International Scientific Conference 30 Years of the Visegrad Group:

The war in Ukraine and the policy of the V4 countries

Lublin, 19-20 April 2023
Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, UMCS

The escalation of Russia’s war in Ukraine came as a shock, although it should not have come as a surprise, as it had been warned of by US and NATO intelligence. The military conflict in Europe threatens the security of many other countries: neighbouring Ukraine, and thus the Visegrad Group’s countries of the former USSR. The war has shattered the hitherto existing peace and security order in Europe and in the world. Russia, as a strategic player, is thus trying to return to its position from before the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as to gain dominance in Europe and become a world-level player, which is impossible without Ukraine.

With Russia’s full-scale armed conflict in Ukraine, the Visegrad countries faced an enormous challenge, as three of them became frontline states overnight. The course of the conflict itself developed unexpectedly, as Ukraine successfully resisted the Russian aggressor from the very beginning, and even over time Ukrainian soldiers began to go on the counter-offensive. Many countries in the West thought that the war would end quickly with a Russian victory, but the end is not in sight, and Russia’s cruel war crimes against civilians have been seen by the whole world. Europe began to plunge into an energy crisis, which in turn caused it to start to become independent from Russia. The growing relevance of these interconnected topics requires an increasingly intense discussion and in-depth analysis, including your contributions, which we will certainly appreciate.

We invite all researchers or those interested in the war in Ukraine and its impact on the politics of the Visegrad countries to participate.

Organizers of the Conference:

  • Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Poland)
  • Center for Eastern Europe UMCS (Poland)


Deadline for sending an application is 24 February 2023.

Online Registration Form: LINK

Conference programme will be sent to you via e-mail after the registration is closed.

Deadline for submission of your paper is 15 May 2023. Papers submitted after this date will not be published.

Publication of contributions: All papers will be reviewed. Please, comply with the template. In the case of non-compliance, your papers will  be returned to the post edition. Accepted papers from the conference will  be published in the book conference  proceedings. There is a limitation of 8 – 15 pages per  paper, including references and  bibliography.

Conference Languages: English

Conference fee: Conference fee 30 € is required to be paid until 10  March 2023 (you will receive the data for the transfer after sending the application). The fee includes publication of paper in the book conference proceedings.

International Scientific Committee:

  • PhD Ewelina Kancik-Kołtun (the chairwoman) – Faculty of Political Science and Journalism UMCS (Poland)
  • Prof. dr hab. Walenty Baluk – Center for Eastern Europe UMCS (Poland)
  • prof. Mykola Doroshko - Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University (Ukraine)
  • prof. Serhiy Danylenko – Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University (Ukraine)
  • doc. PhDr. Radoslav Štefančík–  Faculty of Applied Languages University of Economics in Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • PhDr. Miroslav Řádek – Department of Political Science at the University of Alexander Dubček in Trenčín (Slovakia)
  • prof. PhDr. Marcela Gbúrová – Department of Political Science,  Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice (Slovakia)
  • Doc. PhD. Josef Smolik – Department of Security Studies, Faculty of Security Management, Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague (Czechia)
  • Dr. Sándor Fekete –  Political Sciences from the University of Miskolc (Hungary)

Programme Committee:

  • PhD Ewelina Kancik-Kołtun
  • Doc. PhD. Josef Smolik

Organizing Committee

  • PhD Ewelina Kancik-Kołtun