The end of the “naïve” era of science diplomacy?

European universities have signalled a move towards a “post-naïve” era of international collaboration in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, stressing the risks as well as benefits of research across borders.

Although the EU has long been moving towards a more cautious approach, especially with regard to China, the invasion, which triggered the widespread cutting of institutional ties with Russia, has put a definitive end to a period when academic cooperation was seen as an unalloyed good that transcended politics.

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