Monday, May 28, 2012

Call for applications: Cinema Journalism Across Borders (CJAB) training programme

The EU-funded Directors Across Borders (DAB) project, which is part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, has announced a call for applications for the Cinema Journalism Across Borders (CJAB) training programme. The three-day training is to be held in Yerevan, Armenia, from 4-7 July 2012. The deadline for entries is 10 June. 

For more information: http://www.euroeastculture.eu/

Call for participants: Summer School "Georgian Script"

The Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts is organizing a Summer School – "Georgian Script" from 17th to 26th July 2012 in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

The school program is intended for foreigners interested in Georgian culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage. 

The target groups of the program are foreign researchers and students. The Working language of the Summer School is English. 

The aims of the kartvelological summer school "Georgian Script" is to spread "Georgian Script", as an important achievement of Georgian culture, on an international level; to popularize Kartvelological sciences, focusing on the multi-faceted, multi-national foundations of Georgian manuscript culture; and to prepare the basis of future international cooperation among the Centre and Summer school attendees. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Call for participants: Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award 2012

The Anna Lindh Foundation officially launched the 6th edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Award. The contest, which will run until 20 July 2012, is open for journalists nationals of the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. 

Organised by Anna Lindh Foundation in collaboration with the COPEAM, The European Commission and Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Mediterranean Journalist Award is a prestigious regional distinction rewarding journalists from Printed Press, Radio and Television in addition to New Media journalists who contribute to the valorisation of diversity values and intercultural dialogue and provide balanced and informed coverage of cultural issues in the region ranging from minorities, migration, integration and identity to religion and cultural traditions.

Call for a research on: "The role of young people in interreligious and cultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region"

The main aim of the research is that of: 
  • understanding the role that young people have in interreligious and cultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region
  • identifying the tools that could help remove the barriers to interreligious and intercultural dialogue
  • identifying shared values and then how do young people try to optimize these common values to create better cooperation in the region
  • find out and give example on how young people overcome prejudice and xenophobia through activities. What can we learn? Ideas for future projects?
  • what were the positive outcomes? How does this dialogue lead to peace and stability in the region from a young perspective
  • giving references to tools developed for such purposes
Researchers are invited to submit a quotation by email on euromedyp.eupa@gov.mt by 30th May 2012.

The research is to be available for publishing by the end of October 2012.

For further information contact:

Mr. Kevin Apap on email: kevin.apap@gov.mt

Call for papers: International Conference for Youth in the Euromediterranean

Through the call ANPAS invites the youth of society, citizens 32 years of age and younger, residents in the Mediterranean countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia), to share ideas to better the world, to construct a more just and united society, for the development of a culture of solidarity, for the protection of the environment and of common goods.

Those who will be selected, will be given the opportunity to participate in Bari at the entire Anpas National Meeting of Solidarity that will be held from Thursday the 27th of September to Sunday the 30th of September. ANPAS will pay the costs relative to accommodation, meals, and transfers to the headquarters of the Meeting.

For more information, please, follow this link: http://www.anpasnazionale.org/

Alfo for further information kindly contact:
Annalisa Bergantini
European policies officer
ANPAS Foreign Aid and Intercountry Adoption Office
Via Pio Fedi 46/48
50142 Florence – Italy
ph. (39) 055 303821
fax (39) 055 375002
email: internazionale@anpas.org
web site: www.anpas.org

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Россия-ЕС: сотрудничество в сфере науки и технологии

В силу того, что наша организация, YCSD, активно вовлечена в научно-исследовательские проекты и непосредственно интересуется совместной кооперацией в области научно-технического развития между Российской Федерацией и странами ЕС, представляем вашему вниманию основную информацию о науке и технологиях сайта Представительства Европейского Союза в Российской Федерации.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Call for participants: World Summit Youth Award 2012

World Summit Youth Award 2012
Young People Using Internet and Mobiles for Social Good
Montréal, Canada, 22-24 October 2012

Financial aid: Awards

Date: 22-24 October 2012

Deadline: 15 July 2012

Open to: All Interested

Do you use social media to do good for your community and for your own future? Do you use blogs and vlogs to raise critical questions? Do you create websites or mobile apps that fight discrimination, hunger or diseases? If yes, take your chance to show that you are at home in digital and social media and know how to bring about positive development, be it in your neighbourhood or in another country: Submit your new media project to the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) and win the chance to meet engaged Youth from around the world and network with representatives of NGOs, governments and media!

The WSYA is an annual award and a network for young people using the internet, mobile phones or other digital media to put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into action. The MDGs were set in 2000 by the UN to prompt member states and civil society to fight poverty, hunger and disease, inequalities, lack of education and environmental degradation.

Press Release: Institute of International Education Concludes Successful International Education Summit

New York, May 14, 2012 — The Institute of International Education (IIE) organized and convened the 2012 International Education Summit on the Occasion of the G8, entitled “International Education: A Global Economic Engine” on May 2 and 3 in Washington, DC. The Summit brought together 50 high level delegates from 15 countries and the European Union. 

At the Summit, education leaders from G8 and other nations representing the major national exchange organizations and government agencies involved in international academic mobility engaged in a hands-on discussion of national priorities and educational cooperation among nations. The Summit provided a rare opportunity for education policy leaders from so many countries and world regions to work directly together to advance international education goals and practices. 

The delegations involved in this year’s higher education summit represented Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Commissioner presents EU neighbourhood policy in action one year on

The European Union's principle of 'more for more' has delivered extra funding and movement in key policy areas with those partners that are making the most progress in political and economic reforms, while the EU has reduced its cooperation with those that are not moving towards democratic change, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Štefan Füle has told the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Commissioner Füle spoke before the Committee yesterday to present the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) package, one year from the launch of the renewed ENP, at a meeting also attended by the Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland.

The Commissioner listed the main goals of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy as:
  • to provide greater support to partners engaged in building deep and sustainable democracies;
  • to support more effectively inclusive economic development;
  • to strengthen the two regional dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy, namely the Eastern Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Euro-Arab Youth Forum, Alexandria, May 1-7, 2012



The Euro-Arab Youth Forum (E-AYF), organized by SHIFT network and Earth Charter International, was held for the first time in Alexandria, Egypt, from 2 – 7 May, 2012.

Over 50 participants from 20 different European and Arab countries attended. The forum was focused on bridging the gap between European and Arab youth; as they both face common challenges about sustainable development, but have very different ways of understanding and viewing it.

A series of team building activities, joint projects, conflict resolution workshops, and several organizational presentations really helped strengthen the relationship between the participants. The forum, in addition to creating a Euro-Arab relation framework, also helped break several stereotypes and misconceptions in the minds of both European and Arab participants. It was obvious that by the last day, deeper friendships and bonds were formed.

This event helped strengthen ties between countries, European and Arab. 

Call for participants: Bucharest Summer University 2012

Bucharest Summer University is an international academic and cultural event, held over a period of 2 weeks, which has an annual theme from the economic field. The Summer University is organized by the Students' Senate under the aegis of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies ASE, in partnership with business, press and non-profit organizations. 

Bucharest Summer University - the eighth edition - will select 55 participants from all over the world, with emphasis on EU students. It will take place between 12th and 26th August and the theme is: CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE BUSINESSES. 

Article: The EU, Russia and the South Caucasus – Building Confidence

The EU, Russia and the South Caucasus – Building Confidence
Peter Semneby is former EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus. 

Resume: Closed borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey, as well as the absence of functional relations between Russian and Georgia, severely hamper the full potential of the region.

THE EU DISCOVERING THE CAUCASUS

In the first half of the last decade, the European Union was slowly discovering that it had interests in the South Caucasus. The main interest was to sustain a stable, secure and prosperous neighborhood, and also to develop the region as an energy corridor and transport route to the Caspian and beyond. But it took the European Union some time to take a decision whether it was worthwhile engaging in this obscure region. Did the opportunities outweigh the risks? There were widespread fears that engagement in the South Caucasus would mean competition and confrontation with Russia, rather than opportunities for cooperation. Ultimately, the EU marked its interest and commitment in several ways: by highlighting the region in the European Security Strategy 2003, by inviting the South Caucasus countries to the new European Neighborhood Policy, and by creating the post of EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus. But it took a war for the EU to leave its doubts aside and make a strong commitment in the South Caucasus.

Euromed Justice III: Resolution of Crossborder Family Conflicts

The EU-funded Euromed Justice III project will be holding the first meeting of its working group on the preparation of a ‘Handbook on best practices concerning the resolution of crossborder family conflicts: Custody and visiting rights’, from 22 to 24 May in Barcelona. 

The meeting is the second main component of the project called ‘Resolution of Crossborder Family Conflicts’. An objective of this activity, according to a project press release, will be to have a preliminary review of obstacles to the adoption of the Hague Conventions related to the this component. The main objective will be to prepare a handbook that identifies best practices concerning the resolution of crossborder family conflicts. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Art Across Closed Borders | ՍԻՎԻԼՆԵԹ

A joint-effort between Turkish and Armenian artists put them in conservative and thereby dangerous cities in Turkey and Armenia trying to increase cultural understanding through art.

Follow this link for the video: Art Across Closed Borders | ՍԻՎԻԼՆԵԹ

Source: http://civilnet.am/

21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Tomorrow, 21 May, all the World will celebrate the Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. You should join us!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Call for short stories: the 5th year of the international short story contest “A Sea of Words”

The Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) are calling the fifth year of the international short story contest “A Sea of Words” for young people from the 42 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean space. The contest aims at the production of short stories focusing on the issues of children, parents and grandparents facing the future, with the objective of showing the different sensitivities and realities in the Euro-Mediterranean region, from the point of view of the youths who live there.

The objective of the contest “A Sea of Words” is to contribute to the encouragement of dialogue between peoples, and exchange of knowledge and experiences between different local and international traditions. However, in the framework of the European Year for Solidarity between Generations, this year’s theme aims at promoting the vision and expectations of young people about their future and the contact between different generations of Euro-Mediterranean societies. 

New Publication: “Young Minds Rethinking the Mediterranean”


This recently published book is a compilation of the best papers presented by participants of the first “Euro-Mediterranean Forum for Young Researchers” in the following two categories: "Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue" and "Euro-Mediterranean Relations.” The event, which took place in Istanbul between April 13-15, 2011 was jointly organized by CIES, Global Political Trends Center (GPoT Center) of Istanbul Kultur University, Chios Institute for Mediterranean Affairs (CIMA) and the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM). The Euro-Mediterranean area, apart from its long-standing relevance as a recognized region in terms of research and policy-making, is also at the center of the systemic changes brought about by the ongoing Arab “springs.” This makes this book project all the more timely, exciting, and relevant.

Download (full version): Young Minds Rethinking the Mediterranean

Includes contributions by: Nihan Akincilar, Anna Alexieva, Jennifer Brindisi,
Evinc Dogan, Amanda E. Rogers, and Beatrice Schimmang

Edited by: Mensur Akgun & Lenka Petkova

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Youth Cooperation Boosted at Euro-Arab and Mediterranean Meeting

Euro-Mediterranean youth cooperation was given fresh momentum at the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean Youth Leaders Meeting in Rome from 7th to 12th May. Organised by the Italian National Youth Council as part of its “Act-Democracy” project, and in collaboration with the Youth Forum and the European Commission, the meeting focused on networking and partnership development. The meeting aimed to build a common strategy and action oriented plan on the development of youth participation in democratic decision making processes. The meeting took the form of three working groups, centred on volunteering, capacity building for strong youth organisations and youth rights. Approximately 40 European and Arab youth representatives took part with stakeholders including the Council of Europe, the World Bank and the League of Arab States.

Council of Europe notes Increase in Racism and Intolerance in Europe

Cuts to welfare, dwindling job opportunities and a resulting rise in intolerance towards immigrant groups and minorities were trends noted in a recent report by the Council of Europe. Publishing its report on 3rd May, the Council’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) surveyed racism and intolerance in Member States. The report notes that just 18 of the 47 Council of Europe Member States have ratified Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits discrimination.

Call for participants: Training course "Be-Prepared!", Hungary


European network for youth "SALTO" proposes you to participate in Training course "Be-Prepared!" in 14-21 July 2012, Boldogkőváralja, Hungary. 

In the time of the program we like to give training to the participants about the developing and training methods with minimal need of technical tools. 

The focus of the training program:
  • Our group founded by experts and youth workers who works with children, who lives under governmental care and we are looking for similar groups who would like to share their experiences and methods. Our aim is to share knowledge, learn and build relationship.
  • To reach this aim we planned to realise a training program at Boldogkőváralja village (You can find information about the place at www.bolgokovaralja.hu).
  • We like to prepare you what to do if you arrive a situation where you have to do training and developing activity and you have almost nothing to use only your creativity and imagination. In the time of the program we like to give training to the participants about the developing and training methods with minimal need of technical tools. We like to prepare you what to do if you arrive a situation where do you have to do training and developing activity and you have almost nothing to use only your creativity and imagination.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Call for participants: Summer School “Crises response: International Communities’ approaches, capacities and resources”

NISA Summer Session

01-07 July 2012

Baku, Azerbaijan

Dates

The NISA Summer Session will be held on 01-07 July 2012, in Baku, Azerbaijan. July 01 and July 07 are the dates of arrival and departure. Participants will be accommodated and meals will be provided. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Call for applications: "Anna Lindh Forum 2013"

The Anna Lindh Foundation has launched a call for participation for members of its national networks in the build-up to the "Anna Lindh Forum 2013" for a preparatory meeting focused on Youth. 

The meeting will be organised in Istanbul, Turkey, from 28 June to 1 July 2012 with the aim of contributing to the formulation, development and implementation of the Programme of the ALF Forum 2013 by articulating a Youth Perspective on broad social, cultural, economic and political challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean context in the wake of the major changes experienced by the region.

In the framework of the Foundation’s ‘4D’ strategy (Development, Dialogue, Diversity and Democracy), the meeting will seek to identify thematic priorities for action through the Intercultural Dialogue approach in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The Pre-Forum Youth Preparatory Meeting will gather around 45 participants from the Euro-Mediterranean region with experience in the fields of Development, Dialogue, Diversity and Democracy. Around ten of them will come from Turkey as host country of the meeting. Participants will not necessarily be experts on the thematic axis of the meeting, but youth activists with grass-root experience working in the field of youth, preferably in relation to some of the thematic axis. The working languages will be English and French.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday 23 of May 2012.

The Anna Lindh Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue promotes knowledge, mutual respect and inter-cultural dialogue between the people of the Euro-Mediterranean region, working through a network of more than 3,000 civil society organisations in 43 countries. Its budget is co-funded by the EU (€7 million) and the EU member states (€6 million). (EU Neighbourhood Info)

Call for applications: “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?”

Call for applications is invited for the Youth Media Workshop 2012 on the topic, “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?” from 19 to 24 August, Potsdam/Germany. 

Youth Media workshop is being organized with young journalists from Europe and from countries in transformation in the Arab world. The major objective of this workshop is to offer aspiring young journalists from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria with an opportunity to engage in an intensive exchange of views and ideas and build networks in dialogue with young journalists from Western and Eastern Europe. Well-known media figures will lead the workshop. New ideas will be developed and open debates initiated.

The following are just some of the questions the workshop will focus on:
  • What does the Web 2.0 revolution mean for politics, the media and society? What can we learn from it?
  • Can the experiences of the Arab Spring be transferred to other situations?
  • Do the ‘network revolutionaries’ still have an influence on society and politics, even after the overthrow of regimes?
  • How do social networks influence developments in politics, culture and society; what can new media achieve as political infrastructure?
  • Could new media help stabilise political transformation processes and promote democratic structures and more participation?
  • What role can both the conventional and new media and their cross-media interaction play in these transformation processes?
  • What similarities and differences are there in the various countries?
  • How can sustainable use be made of social networks?
  • How does the local media, which is so crucial in democratisation processes, function in the various countries; does it even exist?
  • How great is the risk that new media could lead not to more freedom but to more control and censorship?
Young journalists between 18 and 26 years old from all over Europe and countries of transformation in the Arab region can apply by submitting a short text in English (three pages max.) on the topic, “The Web Revolution – what influence do Facebook, Twitter etc. have on society, politics and journalism in my country?”

The organizers of the M100 Youth Media Workshop will cover accommodation and board during the workshop. A travel allowance is also offered. The workshop will be held in English.

Deadline: 25 June, 2012

For more information follow this link: http://www.m100potsdam.de

Friday, May 11, 2012

Call for participants: The Women’s Rio+20 Good Practice Award competition

The Women’s Rio+20 Good Practice Award competition has been created in order to commemorate over 100 Heads of State and 25,000 participants gathering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development from 20th – 22nd of June 2012.

Women-led organizations and groups working on sustainable development in developing countries are invited to nominate their initiatives to be recognized as one of five winning projects at the UN Rio+20 summit in Brazil this June 2012. 

A total of five non-governmental initiatives carried out by women-led organizations and groups working in sustainable development in developing countries will be considered for this award.

The initiatives may be of any type but should focus on one of the following five categories: Food Sovereignty, Climate Adaptation, Decent Jobs and Health, Water and Sanitation, or Sustainable Energy. Additional favor will be given for initiatives whose work involves the following interdisciplinary issues: Human Rights and Women’s Rights; Ensuring Corporate Responsibility, Accountability and Redress; Access to Information, Justice and Public Participation; and Improving Livelihoods, Women’s Economic and Political Empowerment.

Deadline: 17 May 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Eastern partnership? More like mutual dependence. The case of EU home affairs cooperation with Moldova

Notes internacionals CIDOB, núm. 52 

Signs of political progress in Moldova, much in the news in March 2012, have been heartily greeted by the EU. The bloc has invested heavily in this little neighbour, both in financial and political terms, and the investment now seems to be paying off. But there is a slight whiff of desperation in the EU’s tone, and something a little unsettling about the assessment by local analysts that Moldova’s political parties are only cooperating because of EU pressure. There’s good reason for concern. The stated goal of EU policy in the region is to build partnerships with countries like Moldova. Yet, the EU and Moldova are not strong partners able to rely upon one another; they are weak actors unwillingly reliant upon one another. The example of home affairs cooperation, a central plank of their “partnership”, highlights this state of mutual dependence. In particular the incentive and conditionality mechanisms employed by the EU to cajole Moldova into reforming its security apparatus indicate the pitfalls of their relationship.

(...)

Roderick Parkes, Head of Brussels Office, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and Elina Viilup, Research Fellow, CIDOB

Full version: http://www.cidob.org/

Call for participants: 5 Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy 2012

It's our pleasure to inform you that Peace Academy is organizing the 5th Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy (PYPA) for persons from across the former Yugoslavia who are active in the fields of peacebuilding, dealing with the past, human rights' protection. This event is tailored for activists, students, researchers, theoreticians, journalists and all others whose focus is peace work.

The 5th Peace Academy is going to be organized in Sarajevo from July 22nd – 31st 2012.

This year's PYPA offers three courses (two in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages and one in English language which will be held parallely): 
Each participant can only attend a single course.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

9 Мая: Великая победа | 9 May: The Great Victory

Вечная память русским героям Великой Отечественной Войны.
Наша задача -- передать историю через поколения, потому что наше поколение -- последнее, кто видел Героев живыми. 

СПАСИБО ВАМ!


Eternal memory to the Great Patriotic War Russian Heroes.
Our goal is to convey the story through the generations, because our generation is the last one who saw the Heroes alive.

THANK YOU! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Music Above Fighting"


One good friend has shared this video with me, so I would like to share this video with you. This (MasterPeace.org) new documentary "Music Above Fighting": the story follows two people from opposing sides singing Imagine by John Lennon to one another through a dividing wall and shows people who are trying to live and communicate through music, a powerful language that goes beyond bombs, fighting and differences.

Call for papers: International essay contest


Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education
Supported by FELISSIMO CORPORATION
As today's young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO's objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.
THEME:
"Creating the Future We Want"
Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.

Monday, May 7, 2012

'EU cooperation for a successful Eastern Partnership': new publication to mark third anniversary of key policy launch

A new publication "EU cooperation for a successful Eastern Partnership" has been published today to mark the third anniversary of the Prague Summit that officially launched the Eastern Partnership initiative (7 May 2009).

Produced by DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, this publication gives an overview of the EU cooperation with its Eastern neighbours in the framework of the Eastern Partnership. It describes the main elements of the initiative and gives concrete examples of the ongoing bilateral and regional cooperation programmes.

An electronic version is available for download at the Eastern Partnership page of the EuropeAid website. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

Read more:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Международный фестиваль "Искусство науки" 2012

Стартовал ежегодный международный фестиваль «Искусство науки-2012». Десятки развлекательных и образовательных мероприятий до конца июня будут проходить на различных площадках Москвы и интернет-пространства. 

Принять участие в них могут все желающие: школьники и студенты, люди науки и образования, киноманы и фотографы, дизайнеры и инноваторы, специалисты и любители — все, кто интересуется наукой и творчеством.

Программа ежегодного международного фестиваля «Искусство науки-2012» включает в себя множество мероприятий: конкурсы, познавательные лекции и семинары; участников ждут творческие встречи с интересными людьми, кинопоказы известных научно-популярных фильмов, выставка фотографий, заключительный концерт и церемония награждения победителей конкурсов.

В программе:
Конкурсы, где все победители получат денежные призы, дипломы и именные статуэтки.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Международная премия WISE Awards 2012: развитие сферы образования

Открыт прием заявок на соискание международной премии WISE Awards 2012 в области оригинальных и новаторских проектов в сфере образования. Лауреатами премии станут шесть успешных проектов со всего мира, которые будут объявлены в рамках саммита WISE, проходящего 13-15 ноября 2012 года в г. Доха, Катар. 

Премия WISE Awards четвертый год подряд определяет лучшие инновационные проекты по всему миру в различных секторах образования. В этом году ключевой темой станет «Изменения в сфере образования», и жюри премии будет определять проекты, которые оказали наиболее существенное влияние на преобразование образования и общества.

Проекты победителей будут представлены на саммите WISE. Лауреаты WISE Awards 2012 получат по 20 000 долларов на развитие своих разработок и достижений. Кроме того победители получат дополнительную поддержку в медиа-продвижении и развитии своих проектов.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Call for participants: International Youth Forum Seliger 2012 in Russia


Social conflicts and political upheavals, environmental catastrophes and natural disasters, human rights violation and terrorism have proven that the era of globalization does not only mean prosperity and wealth.

Given that it is youth that falls into the risky zone being at the same time the most active community, the International Youth Forum Seliger 2012 is to become a mechanism for uniting young people from all over the world regardless of their social status, ethnic background, political views and religion.

The main goal of the Forum is to build international youth community based on the principles of peaceful coexistence, personal and democratic liberties promotion and cultural diversity recognition.

In order to achieve this goal the organizers have set a number of objectives, including:
  • empower international youth and enable them to have greater say in globalizing world;
  • encourage young people to find solutions to global challenges: poverty, social conflicts, environment deterioration;
  • foster youth cooperation worldwide in social, political and economic life both at national and international level;
  • give the participants real opportunities to put their leadership skills into practice;
  • provide help in team building and fundraising;
  • show the main trends and tendencies of the global business, science, culture, mass media, NGOs communities;
  • acquaint with highly qualified specialists ready to transform the idea into a working project.
We stay committed to the idea of forming an active social position among international youth. Thus putting into practice the objectives above will help strengthening youth social consciousness as well as reach the main goal of the Forum.

Who we need: 1000 young leaders of different background, student/graduates from the universities worldwide as well as professionals highly motivated to make changes on the global scale (NOTE: age restrictions apply: 18 – 30 years). Social and/or political experience is required (e.g. NPO foundation/management; social projects activities; student union/local authority experience). The participants we seek are young talented and creative individuals full of new ideas and ready to contribute to the benefit of the international community.

What we offer: Youth Forum Seliger 2012 is an international and intercultural platform that features such opportunities as:
  • Unique educational program;
  • Customized schedule: you can put together your own study plan picking from a vast range of lectures and workshops;
  • Opportunities to present your own project or idea;
  • Assistance and advice from experts to make your idea become reality;
  • Opportunity to promote your project and attract investors;
  • A chance to find like-minded leaders among the participants from all over the world and create your dream team
  • Comprehensive support for those who want to launch their projects in Russia;
  • Networking and communication with Russian business, politics, science and culture leaders;
  • Exposure to Russian cultural and natural heritage;
  • Chance to learn the basics of the Russian language, get a scholarship to learn the language in Russia or apply to masters program at one of the Russian Universities;
  • Discovering more about different cultures and different backgrounds.

Cross-Border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean ((ENPI CBCMed))

Applications in response to the second call for standard projects issued by the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean (ENPI CBCMed) are worth more than 24 times the available budget of the call, with an overwhelming 1,094 grant applications submitted for consideration.

The value of the proposals submitted is €1.6 billion with a total amount of €1.4 billion ENPI contribution requested. The amount available under the call is €56.5 million.

Priorities 1 (“Promotion of socio-economic development and enhancement of territories”) and 2 (“Promotion of environmental sustainability at the basin level”) of the call received considerable interest notwithstanding the limited available funds (25% of the call budget while more than half of the proposals focus on these two Priorities). Environmental protection was also highlighted as a major challenge at Mediterranean level, with the related measure of the call (2.1 “Prevention and reduction of risk factors for the environment and enhancement of natural common heritage”) gathering the highest number of proposals.

Free handbook helps journalists use data to improve the news

The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open-source book that aims to help journalists to use data to improve the news. It will be launched on Saturday 28th April, at Italy’s leading journalism event, the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, which attracts thousands of journalists from around the world for a week of talks and workshops. The book is an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism’s leading advocates and best practitioners - including from Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the New York Times, Pro Publica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune, Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others. The Data Journalism Handbook is an initiative of the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation. The book will be freely available at datajournalismhandbook.org under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike License. Additionally a printed version and an e-book will be published by O’Reilly Media. (Data Journalism Handbook)

Call for participants: OLE - Otranto Legality Experience 2012

The 2012 edition of OLE - Otranto Legality Experience will be held in Lecce and Otranto, Italy, from July 16th to July 29th, 2012. 

It is divided into three parts: Summer School, Summer Camp, Public Forum.
1. Summer School: Lecce, July 16th-20th

The Summer School is open to the participation of 65 students. By attending the Summer School students acquire university credits. (More information at www.ole2012.org .) To enroll, go to the Summer School Application page. 
Deadline to apply: May 31, 2012.

2. Summer Camp: Lecce, July 23rd-27th
The Camp foresees 100 seats available. This year's thematics cover arms trafficking, finance & crime, drug trafficking and EU response related issues. (More information at www.ole2012.org.) To enroll, go to the Camp & Forum Application page. 
Deadline to apply: June 15, 2012.

3.  OLE Forum: Otranto, July 27th-29th
The forum is open to the public and participants do not need to enroll. However, accomodation can be provided for those who attended the Summer Camp. The programme consists of public debates with Italian and international guests to be held at the main square in Otranto.

All the information, programme, etc., is available at www.ole2012.org

Apply now!

Call for participants: The Arabic Arts festival in Rostov-on-Don, Russia


(images: http://littlearabthings.tumblr.com/)

For the first time in our city! We are glad to invite you to participate in the Arabic Arts festival in our Southern city, Rostov-on-Don, Russia. It will be held in September 2012, amazing time between hot summer and fall in our region. 

The main goal is to unite all people interested in intercultural dialogue within Arabic arts, its features and opportunity to touch it by your eyes and hands in the Southern part of Russia -- in Rostov-on-Don, multicultural city with different ethnic and religious groups, diasporas and geographical point located next to the Big Caucasus area, Turkey and the Middle East. 

The exhibition-competition "East. Inspiring by the Arab world" will be implemented in the framework of this festival. A contest for the best handmade work is opened for everybody -- so everyone who would like to show own creative skills, could participate. 

Target groups: students, pupils, people with disabilities, people from rural areas, members of creative groups and workshops, pensioners, students of Arabic language courses, foreign students, residents of the neighboring North Caucasus republics and diasporas.  

Languages: Arabic (translation will be provided), English, Russian. 

Organizers: Center for Arabic language and culture "Al-Farahidi" (Rostov-on-Don) with informational assistance of Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' (Rostov-on-Don).

For all event visitors entrance is free.


The Arabic Arts festival runs in 4 areas:

1. The concert program.
2. The exhibition-competition of handmade.
3. Oriental cuisine (sweets, coffee, tea).
4. Trade fair souvenirs. 

Even if you live abroad and could not be able to take a part, don't hesitate to contact us for any further question. 

For participation you have to send us (to socialdip [at] gmail. com) information about your handmade work: 
1) city, 
2) full name,
3) handmade work genre (e.g. national costume, knitting, photography, doll, embroidery and etc.),
4) contacts: e-mail and phone number. 

We are waiting for you!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Call for papers: The spring of Arab movements? The role of the movements in fostering political change in the Arab World



Università Roma Tre - Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Dipartimento di Studi Internazionali e Dipartimento di Istituzioni pubbliche, Economia e Società Rome, Italy 13 September, 2012 - 15 September, 2012

Application Deadline: 15 May, 2012


Organised by: Italian Political Science Association (SISP)



Section: POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Panel: THE spring of Arab movements? The role of the movements in fostering political change in the Arab World Rosita DI PERI e P12.aola RIVETTI

Abstract should be sent to paola.rivetti@dcu.ie and rosita.diperi@unito.it by 15th May 2012 and completed papers are due by 30th August 2012.

Paola Rivetti is IRCHSS post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Law and Government,Dublin City University (http://www.dcu.ie/info/staff_member.php?id_no=4445)
Rosita Di Peri is Lecturer of IR and Middle East politics at Turin University,Italy (http://www.scipol.unito.it/documents/cv429.pdf

Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues


We would like to propose you a tooklit for reporting on human rights issues: "Speak Up, Speak Out...". 

This toolkit is both a human rights reference guide and a workbook for journalists and civic activists who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way.


And...don't forget to explore Appendix E: Sources and references -- there could be a lot of interesting things. 


Annual Grant Competition for Peace Projects from United States Institute of Peace

Deadline - October 1, 2012

Countries/Region - All Countries

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress. USIP’s mandate is to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with awareness, skills, and resources, engaging in peacebuilding initiatives, and funding research and applied projects.

Since 1986, USIP’s Grant Program has awarded more than 2,100 grants to practitioners, policymakers, scholars, educators, journalists, and filmmakers around the world. When assessing applications in these regards, the Grant Program draws on USIP’s extensive experience over the past three decades. The Annual Grant Competition continues to develop the field via grantmaking that stresses innovation. The spirit of the competition remains broad and inclusive: all projects that fall within USIP’s mandate are eligible to be considered for funding.

The awards made under the Annual Grant Competition are expected to serve as a catalyst for important progress and as a means for leveraging successful approaches to achieve greater impact.

#Intelligence -- social media & a balance between security and privacy

The growth of social media poses a dilemma for security and law enforcement agencies. On the one hand, social media could provide a new form of intelligence – SOCMINT – that could contribute decisively to keeping the public safe. On the other, national security is dependent on public understanding and support for the measures being taken to keep us safe.

Social media challenges current conceptions about privacy, consent and personal data, and new forms of technology allow for more invisible and widespread intrusive surveillance than ever before. Furthermore, analysis of social media for intelligence purposes does not fit easily into the policy and legal frameworks that guarantee that such activity is proportionate, necessary and accountable.

This paper is the first effort to examine the ethical, legal and operational challenges involved in using social media for intelligence and insight purposes. It argues that social media should become a permanent part of the intelligence framework but that it must be based on a publicly argued, legal footing, with clarity and transparency over use, storage, purpose, regulation and accountability. #Intelligence lays out six ethical principles that can help government agencies approach these challenges and argues for major changes to the current regulatory and legal framework in the long-term, including a review of the current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.



Bringing Turkey and Russia Closer to the European Neighborhood Policy

As NATO and the EU have shelved enlargement - the juiciest “carrot” motivating reform in aspirant countries - it is even more crucial for the transatlantic community to refine existing institutional frameworks for engagement in order to prevent reform inertia - or worse - backsliding. 

The EU’s European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) has long aspired to be more than a set of bilateral contractual agreements, becoming rather a trans-regional system of governance, defined by shared commitments and organized around common institutions and instruments. But interestingly, Russia, as a strategic partner, and Turkey, as a candidate country, hold practically no formal role, presence or stake in the ENP architecture.

Both regional powers have attempted to wield influence - or flex their muscles, if you wish - in the neighborhood, even if their motivations and aspirations differ. The contrast is especially visible in the south. While Turkey has been using its ‘soft power’ to support emerging democracies like Tunisia, Russia - as we have been able to observe during the Syrian crisis - is more interested in traditional balancing, acting as a counterweight to the US. Regardless, both Russia and Turkey have long-term vested interests in the stability and prosperity of the ENP area and they possess unrivalled reservoirs of knowledge of and influence to that avail. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Call for applications: Cinema Journalism Across Borders (CJAB) training programme

The EU-funded Directors Across Borders (DAB) project, which is part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, has announced a call for applications for the Cinema Journalism Across Borders (CJAB) training programme. The three-day training is to be held in Yerevan, Armenia, from 4-7 July 2012. The deadline for entries is 10 June. 

For more information: http://www.euroeastculture.eu/

Call for participants: Summer School "Georgian Script"

The Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts is organizing a Summer School – "Georgian Script" from 17th to 26th July 2012 in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

The school program is intended for foreigners interested in Georgian culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage. 

The target groups of the program are foreign researchers and students. The Working language of the Summer School is English. 

The aims of the kartvelological summer school "Georgian Script" is to spread "Georgian Script", as an important achievement of Georgian culture, on an international level; to popularize Kartvelological sciences, focusing on the multi-faceted, multi-national foundations of Georgian manuscript culture; and to prepare the basis of future international cooperation among the Centre and Summer school attendees. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Call for participants: Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award 2012

The Anna Lindh Foundation officially launched the 6th edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Award. The contest, which will run until 20 July 2012, is open for journalists nationals of the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. 

Organised by Anna Lindh Foundation in collaboration with the COPEAM, The European Commission and Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Mediterranean Journalist Award is a prestigious regional distinction rewarding journalists from Printed Press, Radio and Television in addition to New Media journalists who contribute to the valorisation of diversity values and intercultural dialogue and provide balanced and informed coverage of cultural issues in the region ranging from minorities, migration, integration and identity to religion and cultural traditions.

Call for a research on: "The role of young people in interreligious and cultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region"

The main aim of the research is that of: 
  • understanding the role that young people have in interreligious and cultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region
  • identifying the tools that could help remove the barriers to interreligious and intercultural dialogue
  • identifying shared values and then how do young people try to optimize these common values to create better cooperation in the region
  • find out and give example on how young people overcome prejudice and xenophobia through activities. What can we learn? Ideas for future projects?
  • what were the positive outcomes? How does this dialogue lead to peace and stability in the region from a young perspective
  • giving references to tools developed for such purposes
Researchers are invited to submit a quotation by email on euromedyp.eupa@gov.mt by 30th May 2012.

The research is to be available for publishing by the end of October 2012.

For further information contact:

Mr. Kevin Apap on email: kevin.apap@gov.mt

Call for papers: International Conference for Youth in the Euromediterranean

Through the call ANPAS invites the youth of society, citizens 32 years of age and younger, residents in the Mediterranean countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia), to share ideas to better the world, to construct a more just and united society, for the development of a culture of solidarity, for the protection of the environment and of common goods.

Those who will be selected, will be given the opportunity to participate in Bari at the entire Anpas National Meeting of Solidarity that will be held from Thursday the 27th of September to Sunday the 30th of September. ANPAS will pay the costs relative to accommodation, meals, and transfers to the headquarters of the Meeting.

For more information, please, follow this link: http://www.anpasnazionale.org/

Alfo for further information kindly contact:
Annalisa Bergantini
European policies officer
ANPAS Foreign Aid and Intercountry Adoption Office
Via Pio Fedi 46/48
50142 Florence – Italy
ph. (39) 055 303821
fax (39) 055 375002
email: internazionale@anpas.org
web site: www.anpas.org

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Россия-ЕС: сотрудничество в сфере науки и технологии

В силу того, что наша организация, YCSD, активно вовлечена в научно-исследовательские проекты и непосредственно интересуется совместной кооперацией в области научно-технического развития между Российской Федерацией и странами ЕС, представляем вашему вниманию основную информацию о науке и технологиях сайта Представительства Европейского Союза в Российской Федерации.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Call for participants: World Summit Youth Award 2012

World Summit Youth Award 2012
Young People Using Internet and Mobiles for Social Good
Montréal, Canada, 22-24 October 2012

Financial aid: Awards

Date: 22-24 October 2012

Deadline: 15 July 2012

Open to: All Interested

Do you use social media to do good for your community and for your own future? Do you use blogs and vlogs to raise critical questions? Do you create websites or mobile apps that fight discrimination, hunger or diseases? If yes, take your chance to show that you are at home in digital and social media and know how to bring about positive development, be it in your neighbourhood or in another country: Submit your new media project to the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) and win the chance to meet engaged Youth from around the world and network with representatives of NGOs, governments and media!

The WSYA is an annual award and a network for young people using the internet, mobile phones or other digital media to put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into action. The MDGs were set in 2000 by the UN to prompt member states and civil society to fight poverty, hunger and disease, inequalities, lack of education and environmental degradation.

Press Release: Institute of International Education Concludes Successful International Education Summit

New York, May 14, 2012 — The Institute of International Education (IIE) organized and convened the 2012 International Education Summit on the Occasion of the G8, entitled “International Education: A Global Economic Engine” on May 2 and 3 in Washington, DC. The Summit brought together 50 high level delegates from 15 countries and the European Union. 

At the Summit, education leaders from G8 and other nations representing the major national exchange organizations and government agencies involved in international academic mobility engaged in a hands-on discussion of national priorities and educational cooperation among nations. The Summit provided a rare opportunity for education policy leaders from so many countries and world regions to work directly together to advance international education goals and practices. 

The delegations involved in this year’s higher education summit represented Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Commissioner presents EU neighbourhood policy in action one year on

The European Union's principle of 'more for more' has delivered extra funding and movement in key policy areas with those partners that are making the most progress in political and economic reforms, while the EU has reduced its cooperation with those that are not moving towards democratic change, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Štefan Füle has told the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Commissioner Füle spoke before the Committee yesterday to present the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) package, one year from the launch of the renewed ENP, at a meeting also attended by the Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland.

The Commissioner listed the main goals of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy as:
  • to provide greater support to partners engaged in building deep and sustainable democracies;
  • to support more effectively inclusive economic development;
  • to strengthen the two regional dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy, namely the Eastern Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Euro-Arab Youth Forum, Alexandria, May 1-7, 2012



The Euro-Arab Youth Forum (E-AYF), organized by SHIFT network and Earth Charter International, was held for the first time in Alexandria, Egypt, from 2 – 7 May, 2012.

Over 50 participants from 20 different European and Arab countries attended. The forum was focused on bridging the gap between European and Arab youth; as they both face common challenges about sustainable development, but have very different ways of understanding and viewing it.

A series of team building activities, joint projects, conflict resolution workshops, and several organizational presentations really helped strengthen the relationship between the participants. The forum, in addition to creating a Euro-Arab relation framework, also helped break several stereotypes and misconceptions in the minds of both European and Arab participants. It was obvious that by the last day, deeper friendships and bonds were formed.

This event helped strengthen ties between countries, European and Arab. 

Call for participants: Bucharest Summer University 2012

Bucharest Summer University is an international academic and cultural event, held over a period of 2 weeks, which has an annual theme from the economic field. The Summer University is organized by the Students' Senate under the aegis of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies ASE, in partnership with business, press and non-profit organizations. 

Bucharest Summer University - the eighth edition - will select 55 participants from all over the world, with emphasis on EU students. It will take place between 12th and 26th August and the theme is: CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE BUSINESSES. 

Article: The EU, Russia and the South Caucasus – Building Confidence

The EU, Russia and the South Caucasus – Building Confidence
Peter Semneby is former EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus. 

Resume: Closed borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey, as well as the absence of functional relations between Russian and Georgia, severely hamper the full potential of the region.

THE EU DISCOVERING THE CAUCASUS

In the first half of the last decade, the European Union was slowly discovering that it had interests in the South Caucasus. The main interest was to sustain a stable, secure and prosperous neighborhood, and also to develop the region as an energy corridor and transport route to the Caspian and beyond. But it took the European Union some time to take a decision whether it was worthwhile engaging in this obscure region. Did the opportunities outweigh the risks? There were widespread fears that engagement in the South Caucasus would mean competition and confrontation with Russia, rather than opportunities for cooperation. Ultimately, the EU marked its interest and commitment in several ways: by highlighting the region in the European Security Strategy 2003, by inviting the South Caucasus countries to the new European Neighborhood Policy, and by creating the post of EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus. But it took a war for the EU to leave its doubts aside and make a strong commitment in the South Caucasus.

Euromed Justice III: Resolution of Crossborder Family Conflicts

The EU-funded Euromed Justice III project will be holding the first meeting of its working group on the preparation of a ‘Handbook on best practices concerning the resolution of crossborder family conflicts: Custody and visiting rights’, from 22 to 24 May in Barcelona. 

The meeting is the second main component of the project called ‘Resolution of Crossborder Family Conflicts’. An objective of this activity, according to a project press release, will be to have a preliminary review of obstacles to the adoption of the Hague Conventions related to the this component. The main objective will be to prepare a handbook that identifies best practices concerning the resolution of crossborder family conflicts. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Art Across Closed Borders | ՍԻՎԻԼՆԵԹ

A joint-effort between Turkish and Armenian artists put them in conservative and thereby dangerous cities in Turkey and Armenia trying to increase cultural understanding through art.

Follow this link for the video: Art Across Closed Borders | ՍԻՎԻԼՆԵԹ

Source: http://civilnet.am/

21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Tomorrow, 21 May, all the World will celebrate the Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. You should join us!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Call for short stories: the 5th year of the international short story contest “A Sea of Words”

The Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) are calling the fifth year of the international short story contest “A Sea of Words” for young people from the 42 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean space. The contest aims at the production of short stories focusing on the issues of children, parents and grandparents facing the future, with the objective of showing the different sensitivities and realities in the Euro-Mediterranean region, from the point of view of the youths who live there.

The objective of the contest “A Sea of Words” is to contribute to the encouragement of dialogue between peoples, and exchange of knowledge and experiences between different local and international traditions. However, in the framework of the European Year for Solidarity between Generations, this year’s theme aims at promoting the vision and expectations of young people about their future and the contact between different generations of Euro-Mediterranean societies. 

New Publication: “Young Minds Rethinking the Mediterranean”


This recently published book is a compilation of the best papers presented by participants of the first “Euro-Mediterranean Forum for Young Researchers” in the following two categories: "Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue" and "Euro-Mediterranean Relations.” The event, which took place in Istanbul between April 13-15, 2011 was jointly organized by CIES, Global Political Trends Center (GPoT Center) of Istanbul Kultur University, Chios Institute for Mediterranean Affairs (CIMA) and the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM). The Euro-Mediterranean area, apart from its long-standing relevance as a recognized region in terms of research and policy-making, is also at the center of the systemic changes brought about by the ongoing Arab “springs.” This makes this book project all the more timely, exciting, and relevant.

Download (full version): Young Minds Rethinking the Mediterranean

Includes contributions by: Nihan Akincilar, Anna Alexieva, Jennifer Brindisi,
Evinc Dogan, Amanda E. Rogers, and Beatrice Schimmang

Edited by: Mensur Akgun & Lenka Petkova

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Youth Cooperation Boosted at Euro-Arab and Mediterranean Meeting

Euro-Mediterranean youth cooperation was given fresh momentum at the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean Youth Leaders Meeting in Rome from 7th to 12th May. Organised by the Italian National Youth Council as part of its “Act-Democracy” project, and in collaboration with the Youth Forum and the European Commission, the meeting focused on networking and partnership development. The meeting aimed to build a common strategy and action oriented plan on the development of youth participation in democratic decision making processes. The meeting took the form of three working groups, centred on volunteering, capacity building for strong youth organisations and youth rights. Approximately 40 European and Arab youth representatives took part with stakeholders including the Council of Europe, the World Bank and the League of Arab States.

Council of Europe notes Increase in Racism and Intolerance in Europe

Cuts to welfare, dwindling job opportunities and a resulting rise in intolerance towards immigrant groups and minorities were trends noted in a recent report by the Council of Europe. Publishing its report on 3rd May, the Council’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) surveyed racism and intolerance in Member States. The report notes that just 18 of the 47 Council of Europe Member States have ratified Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits discrimination.

Call for participants: Training course "Be-Prepared!", Hungary


European network for youth "SALTO" proposes you to participate in Training course "Be-Prepared!" in 14-21 July 2012, Boldogkőváralja, Hungary. 

In the time of the program we like to give training to the participants about the developing and training methods with minimal need of technical tools. 

The focus of the training program:
  • Our group founded by experts and youth workers who works with children, who lives under governmental care and we are looking for similar groups who would like to share their experiences and methods. Our aim is to share knowledge, learn and build relationship.
  • To reach this aim we planned to realise a training program at Boldogkőváralja village (You can find information about the place at www.bolgokovaralja.hu).
  • We like to prepare you what to do if you arrive a situation where you have to do training and developing activity and you have almost nothing to use only your creativity and imagination. In the time of the program we like to give training to the participants about the developing and training methods with minimal need of technical tools. We like to prepare you what to do if you arrive a situation where do you have to do training and developing activity and you have almost nothing to use only your creativity and imagination.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Call for participants: Summer School “Crises response: International Communities’ approaches, capacities and resources”

NISA Summer Session

01-07 July 2012

Baku, Azerbaijan

Dates

The NISA Summer Session will be held on 01-07 July 2012, in Baku, Azerbaijan. July 01 and July 07 are the dates of arrival and departure. Participants will be accommodated and meals will be provided. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Call for applications: "Anna Lindh Forum 2013"

The Anna Lindh Foundation has launched a call for participation for members of its national networks in the build-up to the "Anna Lindh Forum 2013" for a preparatory meeting focused on Youth. 

The meeting will be organised in Istanbul, Turkey, from 28 June to 1 July 2012 with the aim of contributing to the formulation, development and implementation of the Programme of the ALF Forum 2013 by articulating a Youth Perspective on broad social, cultural, economic and political challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean context in the wake of the major changes experienced by the region.

In the framework of the Foundation’s ‘4D’ strategy (Development, Dialogue, Diversity and Democracy), the meeting will seek to identify thematic priorities for action through the Intercultural Dialogue approach in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The Pre-Forum Youth Preparatory Meeting will gather around 45 participants from the Euro-Mediterranean region with experience in the fields of Development, Dialogue, Diversity and Democracy. Around ten of them will come from Turkey as host country of the meeting. Participants will not necessarily be experts on the thematic axis of the meeting, but youth activists with grass-root experience working in the field of youth, preferably in relation to some of the thematic axis. The working languages will be English and French.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday 23 of May 2012.

The Anna Lindh Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue promotes knowledge, mutual respect and inter-cultural dialogue between the people of the Euro-Mediterranean region, working through a network of more than 3,000 civil society organisations in 43 countries. Its budget is co-funded by the EU (€7 million) and the EU member states (€6 million). (EU Neighbourhood Info)

Call for applications: “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?”

Call for applications is invited for the Youth Media Workshop 2012 on the topic, “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?” from 19 to 24 August, Potsdam/Germany. 

Youth Media workshop is being organized with young journalists from Europe and from countries in transformation in the Arab world. The major objective of this workshop is to offer aspiring young journalists from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria with an opportunity to engage in an intensive exchange of views and ideas and build networks in dialogue with young journalists from Western and Eastern Europe. Well-known media figures will lead the workshop. New ideas will be developed and open debates initiated.

The following are just some of the questions the workshop will focus on:
  • What does the Web 2.0 revolution mean for politics, the media and society? What can we learn from it?
  • Can the experiences of the Arab Spring be transferred to other situations?
  • Do the ‘network revolutionaries’ still have an influence on society and politics, even after the overthrow of regimes?
  • How do social networks influence developments in politics, culture and society; what can new media achieve as political infrastructure?
  • Could new media help stabilise political transformation processes and promote democratic structures and more participation?
  • What role can both the conventional and new media and their cross-media interaction play in these transformation processes?
  • What similarities and differences are there in the various countries?
  • How can sustainable use be made of social networks?
  • How does the local media, which is so crucial in democratisation processes, function in the various countries; does it even exist?
  • How great is the risk that new media could lead not to more freedom but to more control and censorship?
Young journalists between 18 and 26 years old from all over Europe and countries of transformation in the Arab region can apply by submitting a short text in English (three pages max.) on the topic, “The Web Revolution – what influence do Facebook, Twitter etc. have on society, politics and journalism in my country?”

The organizers of the M100 Youth Media Workshop will cover accommodation and board during the workshop. A travel allowance is also offered. The workshop will be held in English.

Deadline: 25 June, 2012

For more information follow this link: http://www.m100potsdam.de

Friday, May 11, 2012

Call for participants: The Women’s Rio+20 Good Practice Award competition

The Women’s Rio+20 Good Practice Award competition has been created in order to commemorate over 100 Heads of State and 25,000 participants gathering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development from 20th – 22nd of June 2012.

Women-led organizations and groups working on sustainable development in developing countries are invited to nominate their initiatives to be recognized as one of five winning projects at the UN Rio+20 summit in Brazil this June 2012. 

A total of five non-governmental initiatives carried out by women-led organizations and groups working in sustainable development in developing countries will be considered for this award.

The initiatives may be of any type but should focus on one of the following five categories: Food Sovereignty, Climate Adaptation, Decent Jobs and Health, Water and Sanitation, or Sustainable Energy. Additional favor will be given for initiatives whose work involves the following interdisciplinary issues: Human Rights and Women’s Rights; Ensuring Corporate Responsibility, Accountability and Redress; Access to Information, Justice and Public Participation; and Improving Livelihoods, Women’s Economic and Political Empowerment.

Deadline: 17 May 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Eastern partnership? More like mutual dependence. The case of EU home affairs cooperation with Moldova

Notes internacionals CIDOB, núm. 52 

Signs of political progress in Moldova, much in the news in March 2012, have been heartily greeted by the EU. The bloc has invested heavily in this little neighbour, both in financial and political terms, and the investment now seems to be paying off. But there is a slight whiff of desperation in the EU’s tone, and something a little unsettling about the assessment by local analysts that Moldova’s political parties are only cooperating because of EU pressure. There’s good reason for concern. The stated goal of EU policy in the region is to build partnerships with countries like Moldova. Yet, the EU and Moldova are not strong partners able to rely upon one another; they are weak actors unwillingly reliant upon one another. The example of home affairs cooperation, a central plank of their “partnership”, highlights this state of mutual dependence. In particular the incentive and conditionality mechanisms employed by the EU to cajole Moldova into reforming its security apparatus indicate the pitfalls of their relationship.

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Roderick Parkes, Head of Brussels Office, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and Elina Viilup, Research Fellow, CIDOB

Full version: http://www.cidob.org/

Call for participants: 5 Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy 2012

It's our pleasure to inform you that Peace Academy is organizing the 5th Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy (PYPA) for persons from across the former Yugoslavia who are active in the fields of peacebuilding, dealing with the past, human rights' protection. This event is tailored for activists, students, researchers, theoreticians, journalists and all others whose focus is peace work.

The 5th Peace Academy is going to be organized in Sarajevo from July 22nd – 31st 2012.

This year's PYPA offers three courses (two in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages and one in English language which will be held parallely): 
Each participant can only attend a single course.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

9 Мая: Великая победа | 9 May: The Great Victory

Вечная память русским героям Великой Отечественной Войны.
Наша задача -- передать историю через поколения, потому что наше поколение -- последнее, кто видел Героев живыми. 

СПАСИБО ВАМ!


Eternal memory to the Great Patriotic War Russian Heroes.
Our goal is to convey the story through the generations, because our generation is the last one who saw the Heroes alive.

THANK YOU! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Music Above Fighting"


One good friend has shared this video with me, so I would like to share this video with you. This (MasterPeace.org) new documentary "Music Above Fighting": the story follows two people from opposing sides singing Imagine by John Lennon to one another through a dividing wall and shows people who are trying to live and communicate through music, a powerful language that goes beyond bombs, fighting and differences.

Call for papers: International essay contest


Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education
Supported by FELISSIMO CORPORATION
As today's young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO's objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.
THEME:
"Creating the Future We Want"
Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.

Monday, May 7, 2012

'EU cooperation for a successful Eastern Partnership': new publication to mark third anniversary of key policy launch

A new publication "EU cooperation for a successful Eastern Partnership" has been published today to mark the third anniversary of the Prague Summit that officially launched the Eastern Partnership initiative (7 May 2009).

Produced by DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, this publication gives an overview of the EU cooperation with its Eastern neighbours in the framework of the Eastern Partnership. It describes the main elements of the initiative and gives concrete examples of the ongoing bilateral and regional cooperation programmes.

An electronic version is available for download at the Eastern Partnership page of the EuropeAid website. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

Read more:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Международный фестиваль "Искусство науки" 2012

Стартовал ежегодный международный фестиваль «Искусство науки-2012». Десятки развлекательных и образовательных мероприятий до конца июня будут проходить на различных площадках Москвы и интернет-пространства. 

Принять участие в них могут все желающие: школьники и студенты, люди науки и образования, киноманы и фотографы, дизайнеры и инноваторы, специалисты и любители — все, кто интересуется наукой и творчеством.

Программа ежегодного международного фестиваля «Искусство науки-2012» включает в себя множество мероприятий: конкурсы, познавательные лекции и семинары; участников ждут творческие встречи с интересными людьми, кинопоказы известных научно-популярных фильмов, выставка фотографий, заключительный концерт и церемония награждения победителей конкурсов.

В программе:
Конкурсы, где все победители получат денежные призы, дипломы и именные статуэтки.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Международная премия WISE Awards 2012: развитие сферы образования

Открыт прием заявок на соискание международной премии WISE Awards 2012 в области оригинальных и новаторских проектов в сфере образования. Лауреатами премии станут шесть успешных проектов со всего мира, которые будут объявлены в рамках саммита WISE, проходящего 13-15 ноября 2012 года в г. Доха, Катар. 

Премия WISE Awards четвертый год подряд определяет лучшие инновационные проекты по всему миру в различных секторах образования. В этом году ключевой темой станет «Изменения в сфере образования», и жюри премии будет определять проекты, которые оказали наиболее существенное влияние на преобразование образования и общества.

Проекты победителей будут представлены на саммите WISE. Лауреаты WISE Awards 2012 получат по 20 000 долларов на развитие своих разработок и достижений. Кроме того победители получат дополнительную поддержку в медиа-продвижении и развитии своих проектов.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Call for participants: International Youth Forum Seliger 2012 in Russia


Social conflicts and political upheavals, environmental catastrophes and natural disasters, human rights violation and terrorism have proven that the era of globalization does not only mean prosperity and wealth.

Given that it is youth that falls into the risky zone being at the same time the most active community, the International Youth Forum Seliger 2012 is to become a mechanism for uniting young people from all over the world regardless of their social status, ethnic background, political views and religion.

The main goal of the Forum is to build international youth community based on the principles of peaceful coexistence, personal and democratic liberties promotion and cultural diversity recognition.

In order to achieve this goal the organizers have set a number of objectives, including:
  • empower international youth and enable them to have greater say in globalizing world;
  • encourage young people to find solutions to global challenges: poverty, social conflicts, environment deterioration;
  • foster youth cooperation worldwide in social, political and economic life both at national and international level;
  • give the participants real opportunities to put their leadership skills into practice;
  • provide help in team building and fundraising;
  • show the main trends and tendencies of the global business, science, culture, mass media, NGOs communities;
  • acquaint with highly qualified specialists ready to transform the idea into a working project.
We stay committed to the idea of forming an active social position among international youth. Thus putting into practice the objectives above will help strengthening youth social consciousness as well as reach the main goal of the Forum.

Who we need: 1000 young leaders of different background, student/graduates from the universities worldwide as well as professionals highly motivated to make changes on the global scale (NOTE: age restrictions apply: 18 – 30 years). Social and/or political experience is required (e.g. NPO foundation/management; social projects activities; student union/local authority experience). The participants we seek are young talented and creative individuals full of new ideas and ready to contribute to the benefit of the international community.

What we offer: Youth Forum Seliger 2012 is an international and intercultural platform that features such opportunities as:
  • Unique educational program;
  • Customized schedule: you can put together your own study plan picking from a vast range of lectures and workshops;
  • Opportunities to present your own project or idea;
  • Assistance and advice from experts to make your idea become reality;
  • Opportunity to promote your project and attract investors;
  • A chance to find like-minded leaders among the participants from all over the world and create your dream team
  • Comprehensive support for those who want to launch their projects in Russia;
  • Networking and communication with Russian business, politics, science and culture leaders;
  • Exposure to Russian cultural and natural heritage;
  • Chance to learn the basics of the Russian language, get a scholarship to learn the language in Russia or apply to masters program at one of the Russian Universities;
  • Discovering more about different cultures and different backgrounds.

Cross-Border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean ((ENPI CBCMed))

Applications in response to the second call for standard projects issued by the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean (ENPI CBCMed) are worth more than 24 times the available budget of the call, with an overwhelming 1,094 grant applications submitted for consideration.

The value of the proposals submitted is €1.6 billion with a total amount of €1.4 billion ENPI contribution requested. The amount available under the call is €56.5 million.

Priorities 1 (“Promotion of socio-economic development and enhancement of territories”) and 2 (“Promotion of environmental sustainability at the basin level”) of the call received considerable interest notwithstanding the limited available funds (25% of the call budget while more than half of the proposals focus on these two Priorities). Environmental protection was also highlighted as a major challenge at Mediterranean level, with the related measure of the call (2.1 “Prevention and reduction of risk factors for the environment and enhancement of natural common heritage”) gathering the highest number of proposals.

Free handbook helps journalists use data to improve the news

The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open-source book that aims to help journalists to use data to improve the news. It will be launched on Saturday 28th April, at Italy’s leading journalism event, the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, which attracts thousands of journalists from around the world for a week of talks and workshops. The book is an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism’s leading advocates and best practitioners - including from Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the New York Times, Pro Publica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune, Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others. The Data Journalism Handbook is an initiative of the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation. The book will be freely available at datajournalismhandbook.org under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike License. Additionally a printed version and an e-book will be published by O’Reilly Media. (Data Journalism Handbook)

Call for participants: OLE - Otranto Legality Experience 2012

The 2012 edition of OLE - Otranto Legality Experience will be held in Lecce and Otranto, Italy, from July 16th to July 29th, 2012. 

It is divided into three parts: Summer School, Summer Camp, Public Forum.
1. Summer School: Lecce, July 16th-20th

The Summer School is open to the participation of 65 students. By attending the Summer School students acquire university credits. (More information at www.ole2012.org .) To enroll, go to the Summer School Application page. 
Deadline to apply: May 31, 2012.

2. Summer Camp: Lecce, July 23rd-27th
The Camp foresees 100 seats available. This year's thematics cover arms trafficking, finance & crime, drug trafficking and EU response related issues. (More information at www.ole2012.org.) To enroll, go to the Camp & Forum Application page. 
Deadline to apply: June 15, 2012.

3.  OLE Forum: Otranto, July 27th-29th
The forum is open to the public and participants do not need to enroll. However, accomodation can be provided for those who attended the Summer Camp. The programme consists of public debates with Italian and international guests to be held at the main square in Otranto.

All the information, programme, etc., is available at www.ole2012.org

Apply now!

Call for participants: The Arabic Arts festival in Rostov-on-Don, Russia


(images: http://littlearabthings.tumblr.com/)

For the first time in our city! We are glad to invite you to participate in the Arabic Arts festival in our Southern city, Rostov-on-Don, Russia. It will be held in September 2012, amazing time between hot summer and fall in our region. 

The main goal is to unite all people interested in intercultural dialogue within Arabic arts, its features and opportunity to touch it by your eyes and hands in the Southern part of Russia -- in Rostov-on-Don, multicultural city with different ethnic and religious groups, diasporas and geographical point located next to the Big Caucasus area, Turkey and the Middle East. 

The exhibition-competition "East. Inspiring by the Arab world" will be implemented in the framework of this festival. A contest for the best handmade work is opened for everybody -- so everyone who would like to show own creative skills, could participate. 

Target groups: students, pupils, people with disabilities, people from rural areas, members of creative groups and workshops, pensioners, students of Arabic language courses, foreign students, residents of the neighboring North Caucasus republics and diasporas.  

Languages: Arabic (translation will be provided), English, Russian. 

Organizers: Center for Arabic language and culture "Al-Farahidi" (Rostov-on-Don) with informational assistance of Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' (Rostov-on-Don).

For all event visitors entrance is free.


The Arabic Arts festival runs in 4 areas:

1. The concert program.
2. The exhibition-competition of handmade.
3. Oriental cuisine (sweets, coffee, tea).
4. Trade fair souvenirs. 

Even if you live abroad and could not be able to take a part, don't hesitate to contact us for any further question. 

For participation you have to send us (to socialdip [at] gmail. com) information about your handmade work: 
1) city, 
2) full name,
3) handmade work genre (e.g. national costume, knitting, photography, doll, embroidery and etc.),
4) contacts: e-mail and phone number. 

We are waiting for you!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Call for papers: The spring of Arab movements? The role of the movements in fostering political change in the Arab World



Università Roma Tre - Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Dipartimento di Studi Internazionali e Dipartimento di Istituzioni pubbliche, Economia e Società Rome, Italy 13 September, 2012 - 15 September, 2012

Application Deadline: 15 May, 2012


Organised by: Italian Political Science Association (SISP)



Section: POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Panel: THE spring of Arab movements? The role of the movements in fostering political change in the Arab World Rosita DI PERI e P12.aola RIVETTI

Abstract should be sent to paola.rivetti@dcu.ie and rosita.diperi@unito.it by 15th May 2012 and completed papers are due by 30th August 2012.

Paola Rivetti is IRCHSS post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Law and Government,Dublin City University (http://www.dcu.ie/info/staff_member.php?id_no=4445)
Rosita Di Peri is Lecturer of IR and Middle East politics at Turin University,Italy (http://www.scipol.unito.it/documents/cv429.pdf

Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues


We would like to propose you a tooklit for reporting on human rights issues: "Speak Up, Speak Out...". 

This toolkit is both a human rights reference guide and a workbook for journalists and civic activists who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way.


And...don't forget to explore Appendix E: Sources and references -- there could be a lot of interesting things. 


Annual Grant Competition for Peace Projects from United States Institute of Peace

Deadline - October 1, 2012

Countries/Region - All Countries

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress. USIP’s mandate is to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with awareness, skills, and resources, engaging in peacebuilding initiatives, and funding research and applied projects.

Since 1986, USIP’s Grant Program has awarded more than 2,100 grants to practitioners, policymakers, scholars, educators, journalists, and filmmakers around the world. When assessing applications in these regards, the Grant Program draws on USIP’s extensive experience over the past three decades. The Annual Grant Competition continues to develop the field via grantmaking that stresses innovation. The spirit of the competition remains broad and inclusive: all projects that fall within USIP’s mandate are eligible to be considered for funding.

The awards made under the Annual Grant Competition are expected to serve as a catalyst for important progress and as a means for leveraging successful approaches to achieve greater impact.

#Intelligence -- social media & a balance between security and privacy

The growth of social media poses a dilemma for security and law enforcement agencies. On the one hand, social media could provide a new form of intelligence – SOCMINT – that could contribute decisively to keeping the public safe. On the other, national security is dependent on public understanding and support for the measures being taken to keep us safe.

Social media challenges current conceptions about privacy, consent and personal data, and new forms of technology allow for more invisible and widespread intrusive surveillance than ever before. Furthermore, analysis of social media for intelligence purposes does not fit easily into the policy and legal frameworks that guarantee that such activity is proportionate, necessary and accountable.

This paper is the first effort to examine the ethical, legal and operational challenges involved in using social media for intelligence and insight purposes. It argues that social media should become a permanent part of the intelligence framework but that it must be based on a publicly argued, legal footing, with clarity and transparency over use, storage, purpose, regulation and accountability. #Intelligence lays out six ethical principles that can help government agencies approach these challenges and argues for major changes to the current regulatory and legal framework in the long-term, including a review of the current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.



Bringing Turkey and Russia Closer to the European Neighborhood Policy

As NATO and the EU have shelved enlargement - the juiciest “carrot” motivating reform in aspirant countries - it is even more crucial for the transatlantic community to refine existing institutional frameworks for engagement in order to prevent reform inertia - or worse - backsliding. 

The EU’s European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) has long aspired to be more than a set of bilateral contractual agreements, becoming rather a trans-regional system of governance, defined by shared commitments and organized around common institutions and instruments. But interestingly, Russia, as a strategic partner, and Turkey, as a candidate country, hold practically no formal role, presence or stake in the ENP architecture.

Both regional powers have attempted to wield influence - or flex their muscles, if you wish - in the neighborhood, even if their motivations and aspirations differ. The contrast is especially visible in the south. While Turkey has been using its ‘soft power’ to support emerging democracies like Tunisia, Russia - as we have been able to observe during the Syrian crisis - is more interested in traditional balancing, acting as a counterweight to the US. Regardless, both Russia and Turkey have long-term vested interests in the stability and prosperity of the ENP area and they possess unrivalled reservoirs of knowledge of and influence to that avail.