Discussing World Politics is a forum that offers a platform for debate beyond the usual conference and lecture format. We host discussions in Helsinki and since recently also in Berlin on matters of international politics where audience and speakers have the chance to interact, meet representatives from academia, media, politics and civil society and express their thoughts about political issues. DWP aims to start a thought-provoking and critical political conversation by bringing together a variety of people from different disciplines with opposing opinions. We create space for a dynamic interaction between students, professionals, academics and the public at large. Our discussions are accessible and inclusive as well as free of charge.We challenge the lecture format and the hierarchical demarcation between the speakers and the audience. By this we empower the audience to partake in the conversation and engage with the speakers more openly and in depth. Discussing World Politics is our contribution to a politically active civil society and democratic participation through deliberation and debate. Join our discussions and shape political discourse.
The topics we covered included: the Ukraine crisis, drones in warfare, the TTIP, the Finnish welfare state, electronic surveillance, the EU’s financial crisis, the Syrian war and Polish political history. Some of our guest speakers were Pekka Haavisto, international law professor Martti Koskenniemi, former Ambassaor of Japan to the US and President of the America-Japan Society Ichiro Fujisaki, YLE Correspondent Tom Kankkonen, and professors like Teivo Teivainen and Timo Kivimäki. We organized events in cooperation with the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, the British Embassy in Finland, the Embassy of Japan in Finland as well as the Finnish Model United Nations (FinMUN).
Our events have a turn-out ranging between 20-50 people. Our audience is constituted of students and academics as well as professionals and the pubilc.