Sunday, June 30, 2013

Web sources on the current situation in Egypt: 30 June

The creativity of Egyptians has no limits,
by @Sarah Ebeid
YCSD is watching on the current situation in Egypt, particularly in its capital -- Cairo. 

Therefore, some sources in English language devoted to "30 of June" and its details. 

It should be noticed that informational support of Anti-Mursi campaign is more developed than their opponents. Also, it is widely spread all over the world in English language sound or subtitles. 

Moreover, the current situation in Egypt attracts some radicalists from Syria and units interested in any kind of instability in this country: #Syria-n opposition members & Hamas fighters are taking part in protecting MB headquarters & attacking anti Morsi protesters. #Egypt by https://twitter.com/Sara_Haj

Anti-Mursi: 


Mursi's supporters: 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Call for applications: Media seminar in Germany for Central and Eastern Europe

Journalists under the age of 40 with a good knowledge of the German language can apply for this free seminar.

The Saxonian Foundation for Media Education (SSM) holds a 10-day seminar for young journalists from Central and Eastern Europe. The aim of the seminar is to give foreign journalists the opportunity to learn more about the German media and to strengthen international ties of journalists. The 2013 seminar will focus on the cultural responsibility of the media.

Candidates must work in media, have experience with the Internet and social networking. Fourteen selected participants will arrive in Leipzig from where they will make several trips. SSM will cover travel expenses, meals and lodging.

The seminar will take place Sept. 16-27 in Leipzig, Germany.

The deadline is Aug. 8.

For more information, click here (German).

Our partner: youth-in-action.org

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Article: Arabism - 100 years of solitude


Has the ‘Arab Spring’ turned into an ‘Islamist Winter’? With Ennahda and the Muslim Brothers in power in Tunisia and Egypt respectively, Jabhat al-Nusra lead­ing the Syrian revolution against a Baathist regime, and the constitutionalisation of Islam in Libya, many analysts have reached the conclusion that Islamism finally has its moment in the Arabic world.

And yet, underneath the surface lies the return of a force long considered dead: Arabism.

Study: "The involvement of Salafism/Wahhabism in the support and supply of arms to rebel groups around the world"

The war in Afghanistan is undoubtedly a key moment in the emergence of an armed rebellion in the Muslim world. The impact of this conflict quickly exceeded the borders of Afghanistan to extend Pakistan. Since then, the Iraq war, the civil war that engulfed Syria and the armed conflict in the Sahel have helped to increase guerrillas in the Muslim world. This study aims to analyze the role of the Salafi / Wahhabi networks in financing and arming rebel groups. 

This study was requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ukraine’s place and role in the Black Sea region. Expert opinions

View of the Black Sea, Sochi, Russia.
Photos: panoramio.com, author: Gennadiy-G.
Alla YAZ'KOVA,
President, Mediterranean – Black Sea Centre,
Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences 

– What is your assessment of the current state of the geopolitical situation in the Black Sea Region and the perspectives for its future development (5-15 years)?

– Over the two decades that passed after the USSR break-up, the previously rather calm and in a way peripheral Black Sea region has become a crossroad of multifaceted contradictions and geopolitical competition.

It is suffice to say that when in 1990 then Turkish President Turgut Ozal proposed a programme of interaction and cooperation of the Black Sea states, there were only four of them – USSR, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, while in 1992, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Treaty was signed by as many as 11 countries of the Greater Black Sea area (now, 12). In the subsequent years, that relatively small piece of Earth concentrated varied economic, environmental, travel interests that, in presence of common sense and good will, could provide the basis for large-scale constructive cooperation.

Meanwhile, in practice, the Black Sea region was gradually turning into a hotbed of numerous conflicts and multilateral competition involving not only Black Sea countries but also the leading European and world powers.

In such conditions, the traditional competition of USSR (Russia) and Turkey possessing the second longest (after Ukraine) shoreline and controlling the Black Sea straits receded into the background and became less tough.

East in the European Union context

By Arthur Dunn

Annual Summits of the states of Central and Eastern Europe gather the leaders of the countries of the region, which has the potential of not only consolidating role, but also to help Europe to find its place in the world after crisis. Such meetings are the only consultation forum of regional character, uniting the states located between Baltic Sea, Black Sea and the Adriatic, by this independently of that whether they are NATO, European Union, Euro zone or not. That is why they represent important international events, for example, two years ago in Warsaw, where 20 heads of the states were present. The US President Barak Obama was an honorable guest. 

On June 12th-13th the 18th Summit took place in Bratislava. The leaders of Austria, Slovakia, Moldova, Lithuania, Serbia, Montenegro Albania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, Estonia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Ukraine. It was held under the aegis “Growth Strategy for the Sake of Post-Crisis Recovery” and was devoted mainly to economic issues. Except for that, the participants discussed a wide range of topical political, social and security issues.

Naturally, each of the states participating in the Summit related to it its plans and hopes. It is expedient, however, to focus on two biggest countries, which by this are in a different position.

Call for applications: ASCN Call for Regional Research Projects in the Field of Social Sciences – Georgia & Armenia 2013

The ASCN Programme, hosted at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, launches a call for regional research project proposals in the social sciences, open to researchers from and resident in Georgia or Armenia. By regional projects, ASCN means joint Armenian-Georgian projects, bringing together at least one institution from each of the two countries and covering both Armenia and Georgia as research object. The research proposals to be submitted should be relevant to transition themes and should fit into one of the two topics below, defined specifically for Georgia and Armenia: 

1) Regional Cooperation and Security 

Proposals for this first topic should examine the achievements, obstacles and prospects for regional cooperation in the South Caucasus. Proposals are invited especially to assess pathways and forms of cooperation between Georgia and Armenia, such as in economics and trade, which may contribute to wider processes of regionalism. Projects may assess actual or potential institutional arrangements or formal structures (hard regionalism). Equally projects may study initiatives arising from within societies which can develop cross-border or transnational linkages (soft regionalism); these may take the form of economic, social, political, intellectual or environmental networks and would reflect the disciplinary knowledge of applicants in these fields. More broadly projects are sought which study comparatively domestic influences on security policy formation in Georgia and Armenia. Proposals are also invited which analyse the role of external actors (organisations such as the European Union and states) in fostering values and norms on a regional basis, as well as the interaction between the processes of regionalism and globalization, in the South Caucasus. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Call for papers: the international conference “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth: New Approach for South Caucasus”

An international conference on the “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth: New Approach for South Caucasus” will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on September 26-28, within the framework of the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Culture programme. Interested speakers are invited to send their papers before 30 June. 

Although the concept of culture for economic development has been internationally accepted, it is still a relatively new approach for the South Caucasus Countries, though the potential of the field is promising. The international conference “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth: New Approach for South Caucasus”, aims to introduce the notion of “culture economics” for South Caucasus Countries, to share Western professional experience and to raise public awareness on the perspectives of culture-economy integrated approach.

The conference will include five sessions led by internationally recognized experts in the field of:
  • Creativity and Innovation as an impetus for development
  • Traditions and Cultural Heritage as a source for development
  • Creative/Cultural Industries and their Economic Potential
  • Cultural Policies towards Economic Development
  • The Role of Crafts in Creative Economy
For participation please send a short CV and abstract (maximum 300 words) to ano@gaccgeorgia.org.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is June 30, 2013. The selected candidates will be contacted by Mid July 2013

The €12 million Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims at assisting the partner countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the region. It seeks to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries' cultural networks and actors.

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Analysis: EuroMed-2030 Long term challenges for the Mediterranean area Report of an Expert Group, 2011

In terms of the changing geopolitical landscape within the EuroMed space it is reasonable to analyse how it would be shaped after 30 of June in Egypt, Taksim in Turkey, Kerry's visit to Israel and Russia's interests in Syria, as well as Russian causes on NGOs and "Bolotnoye case"? 

Just follow these political events along with the following publication prepared by European Commission, 2011: "EuroMed-2030 Long term challenges for the Mediterranean area Report of an Expert Group". 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

20 YEARS BSEC: Evolution of Institutions, Evolution of Priorities: Interlinks within the Black Sea Region in a New Era

We would like to attract your attention to the following publication which is devoted to the institutional cooperation in the Black Sea region: results, prospects and challenges. Analysis from the experts you can find in the BSEC anniversary edition of Xenophon Paper.


Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Call for Applications: Scholarships for the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme 2014-2015, OSCE

Scholarships for the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme 2014-2015

OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek invites applications for the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme. The Programme is a 15-month full time course that will start on 13 January 2014 and finish on April 30, 2015.

The Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme focuses on various issues and approaches in governance, economics and development, including energy security, integrated water management, regional trade arrangements, financial system, economy of transport routes and border management, transparency and accountability.

The OSCE, a number of the OSCE participating States and academic partner institutions actively support the hereby-announced Masters Programme.

Eligibility:
  • Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:
  • Successful completion ofanacademic degree of higher education (BA, MA, MSc, Diploma) in Economics and/or other related fields.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.
  • The applicants should not be older than 32 years on 1 January 2014
  • Citizenship of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Students from other countries can be accepted for the programme on a limited basis.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Global Turkey in Europe. Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey's Evolving Relationship with the EU

IAI Research Papers No. 9 
edited by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Anne Duncker, Daniela Huber, E. Fuat Keyman and Nathalie Tocci

May 2013
Pages 303, Euro 20,00
ISBN 978-88-6812-060-3

Online order download 4,3 MB

Paper published in the Global Turkey in Europe series in the context of the project "Turkey, Europe and the World", conducted by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator e Istanbul Policy Center (IPC).

Abstract

The EU is changing, Turkey too, and - above all - there is systemic change and crisis all round, ranging from economics, the spread of democratic norms and foreign policy. This research paper explores how the EU and Turkey can enhance their cooperation in the political, economic, and foreign policy domains and how they can find a way out of the stalemate EU-Turkey relations have reached with the lack of progress in accession negotiations and the increasing uncertainty over both the future of the European project after the Eurozone crisis and Turkey's role in it.

Keywords

European Union / Eurozone crisis / EU enlargement / Turkey / Turkish foreign policy / France / Germany / Cyprus / Turkish economy / Democracy / Kurdish question / North Africa / Middle East / Arab Spring / Syria / Israel / Iran

Monday, June 17, 2013

Call for participants: International Summer University in Georgia

Deadline: 1 July, 2013
Open to: participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, USA, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Georgia
Venue: August 11-17, 2013, Bakuriani, Hotel “Tbilisi”, Mountain Resort in Georgia
Description

New Economic School – Georgia in partnership with Freedom Works (USA) and Institute for Economic Affairs (UK) is pleased to announce the call for participants for the International Summer University “Public Choice: The Economic Analysis of Government Failure”. The summer school will take place between 11th and 17th August 2013.

List of Lecturers
Dr. Randal Holcombe, Professor of Economics, Florida State University, USA
Dr. Pierre Garello, Professor of Economics, Paul Cezanne University, Aix en Provence, director of IES-Europe, France
Dr. Roland Voubel, Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany
Paata Sheshelidze, President, New Economic School – Georgia
Gia Jandieri, Vice-president, New Economic School – Georgia

Eligibility

Participants of the Summer School can be from: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, USA, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Georgia.
Costs
Participation fee: 100 USD (includes accommodation, meals, seminar materials and transportation from and to Tbilisi)
Travel grants for foreign participants are limited. Applicants should note about their need of travel grant.
The travel grant doesn’t include the participation fee.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Прием заявок: Летняя Школа международных проектов, Москва

Летняя Школа международных проектов: отличная возможность бесплатно за 1 месяц узнать, как разработать и реализовать свой международный проект по направлениям: улучшение городской среды, развитие местного сообщества, новые медиа и социальные сети, креативная культура.

По итогам обучения в Летней Школе пройдёт конкурс проектов, 10 победителей которого отправятся в Берлин на недельную образовательную сессию! 

Приходи на открытие: 18 июня 2013 года в 18.30 на площадке дизайн-завода «Флакон», (м.Дмитровская, Новодмитровская улица, дом 36/4).

Записаться можно по ссылке: http://mymfc.timepad.ru/event/64692/

Study on Youth Policies in the Black Sea region

YCSD supports and contributes in a study on youth policy in the Black Sea region, therefore, we would like to attract your attention to the following research on the same subject implemented by Maxim Pijevskii, expert on regional youth policy in this region. 

The research was developed by National Youth Council of Moldova and it is available in PDF: http://www.cntm.md/rapoarte/Study2.pdf

Also, in this research you will find some references on our common work with a partner from Krasnodar -- Alexey Kiselev

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Whither partnership? Reflecting on the EU’s response to the Arab uprising

By Tressia Hobeika

The ‘Arab street’, a once-upon-a-time irrational space for ‘riffraff’, has taken on a new lease of life in the wake of the recent uprisings in the EU’s southern neighbourhood. ‘Belonging to the street’ – a hitherto pejorative expression in colloquial Arabic – has come to be assigned to a panoply of new local actors, including organised civil society, whether in the form of associations or political parties.

A new offer on the table


Under this new sky, and “respecting the democratic choice” of this same revitalised Arab street and its confluence of local newcomers, the EU has ultimately set to revamp its relations with its purlieus. It would accordingly lend its support to the uprisings on the basis of the ‘more for more’ and ‘mutual accountability’ principles, as enshrined in its communications: Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity and New Response to a changing neighbourhood. Combining the two, could a new partnership be on its way? What is a partnership anyway?

A rather woolly concept like many others in the EU jargon (democracy, rule of law…), the threads of partnership were finely unpicked as “one of these nice feely words beloved by politicians” (Boateng, 1999). In a more pragmatic attempt at defining this slippery concept, a partnership was found to be a “programme that has [inter alia] a high level of commitment, mutual trust [and] equal ownership” (Stern and Green, 2005). How does the EU espouse its new partnership in these new-fangled Arab streets?

Прием заявок: первая Молодежная научно-практическая летняя школа Русского географического общества «География в современном мире: проблемы и перспективы».

26 – 31 августа 2013 г. в Подмосковье пройдет первая Молодежная научно-практическая летняя школа Русского географического общества «География в современном мире: проблемы и перспективы». 

Летняя школа РГО станет площадкой для обмена знаниями между молодыми специалистами и ведущими учеными о современном состоянии географической науки. 

Участники получат возможность встретиться с известными лекторами, выдающимися исследователями, знаменитыми путешественниками и из первых уст узнать о последних открытиях в области географии. 

Приглашенные эксперты расскажут молодым ученым, как развивается наука под влиянием социального заказа, как правильно организовывать научные исследования и поделятся практическими навыками публичных выступлений. 

Программа летней школы направлена на расширение личных профессиональных и деловых связей, предоставляет возможность презентации и продвижения собственных проектов, а также участия в совместных проектах, стимулирует поиск новых идей. 

Call for applications: Federal Scholar in Residence Programme 2014, Italy

In honor and in the spirit of the works of Sergio Ortino, the founder of Federal Studies in South Tyrol, the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism creates the program called EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence. It is primarily dedicated to experts who wish to present and publicly discuss federal and regional questions that are of importance to legislators and civil servants as well as the international academic community. It shall promote comparative research at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) and aims at weaving experts and their networks in order to develop and advance comparative federal studies. Therefore, academics, post-docs and practitioners in federalism and intergovernmental relations are encouraged to apply. We mostly welcome applications which are in line with our research fields.

In sum, the EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program is:
  • a public acknowledgement of excellence not carrying any monetary prize, but covering the costs of a research stay at the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism
  • a possibilty to present own research findings publicly and engage into face-to-face discussions with a group of international experts in constitutional law and comparative politics at EURAC
  • an occasion for academics, post-docs and practitioners to extend and share their knowledge in multilevel government and governance in the beautiful Dolomites, especially from a legal and/or political science perspective
  • a possibility to enhance cooperation and discussions between scholars in the fields of comparative federalism and intergovernmental relations
  • an opportunity to develop new project ideas while being part of the international research environment in early February when also the EURAC’s Winter School on Federalism and Governance takes place

Call for papers: Religion and Migration in the Black Sea Region - Edited Collection of Essays


Obviously, the Black Sea region subject plays an important role in the modern scientific and research field. So, we would like to distribute other news about one initiative dedicated to some other issues of the Black Sea region: "Religion and Migration in the Black Sea Region - Edited Collection of Essays", Eleni Sideri and Lydia Roupakia / International Hellenic University. Contact email: elasideri@gmail.com / lydia.roupakia@univ.oxon.org. 

The Black Sea region is currently being transformed from a closed sea - due to the legacy of the Cold War - to a bridge facilitating human, economic and cultural flows. The strategic importance of the Sea as a crossroads of civilizations and religions is gradually gaining wide recognition. The various types of migration from and into the region have contributed to new renegotiations of differences between “us” and “them” and have reinforced the need to (re)think, (re)vise and (re)invent definitions of belonging. In the context of these new mobilities, processes of dislocation and resettlement have also resulted in a resignification of religious practice and religious identity. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Прием заявок: Европейская школа на тему "Приграничное сотрудничество России и Европейского союза", Выборг

Приглашаем студентов и аспирантов принять участие в
ЕВРОПЕЙСКОЙ ШКОЛЕ на тему: ПРИГРАНИЧНОЕ СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВО РОССИИ И ЕВРОПЕЙСКОГО СОЮЗА
Выборг, 26-30 августа 2013 года

Основные тематические направления Школы:
  • современные тенденции развития региональной политики и приграничного сотрудничества Европейского Союза;
  • история отношений и актуальные вопросы сотрудничества России и ЕС;
  • региональное развитие и специфика Северной Европы и региона Балтийского моря: основные акторы и институты, механизмы взаимодействия, результаты и перспективы сотрудничества.
В программе Школы лекции, групповые дискуссии, ролевые игры, тренинг по проектному менеджменту.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Конкурс журналистов: Writing for CEE

Премия Writing for CEE, учрежденная Austria Presse Agentur и UniCredit Bank Austria, размером 5 000 евро будет вручена за лучшую работу, отображающую жизнь в Европе и отдельных ее странах.

Журналисты из всех стран Европы, включая Северную, Южную, Юго-Восточную Европу, Россию и страны европейской части СНГ, приглашаются к участию.

Премия, учрежденная Austria Presse Agentur и UniCredit Bank Austria, вручается уже в девятый раз и при этом не является премией для Евросоюза или специальной наградой за раскрытие тем, имеющих отношение к Центральной и Восточной Европе. «Мы настойчиво приглашаем к участию всех журналистов Европы», - подчеркивает председатель жюри и глава отдела международной политики APA Амброс Киндел (Ambros Kindel). Он также добавляет, что хотя существуют формальные требования к предоставляемым работам, нет никаких ограничений по их тематике.

Статьи представляются на конкурс на том языке, на котором они были опубликованы, с переводом на английский язык.

Принимаются публикации печатных и интернет-изданий, транскрипты радио и телевизионных репортажей, опубликованные в период с 1 августа 2012 года по 31 июля 2013 г.

Предоставление документов: www.apa.at/cee-award

Запросы: APA - Austria Presse Agentur, Marketing & Communications
Petra Haller, Tel. +43 (0)1 36060-5710 ;
Bank Austria, International Media Relations 
Tiemon Kiesenhofer, Telephone: +43 (0) 50505 - 56036 

Наш партнерский ресурс: youth-in-action.org

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Call for Papers for a special issue tiled "Power of Provinces" on local cultures

The Kultura Enter, a Poland-based e-zine, announced a Call for Papers for a special issue tiled "Power of Provinces" on local cultures.

Interested journalists, culture experts, anthropologists as well as other interested parties are invited to submitted their paper proposals in the form of an abstract (up to 1500 characters) until 14 June to redakcja@kulturaenter.pl

The categories and oppositions suggested include activity vs. passivity, the local vs. the global, local dialects vs. lingua franca, community vs. disintegration, laws of market vs. informal economy, public space vs. personal space etc.

The selected texts will be published on the site www.kulturaenter.pl and a honoraria of PLN 300 will be provided for the authors of published papers.

More information is available here in English and Russian.

Our partner: youth-in-action.org

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Web sources on the current situation in Egypt: 30 June

The creativity of Egyptians has no limits,
by @Sarah Ebeid
YCSD is watching on the current situation in Egypt, particularly in its capital -- Cairo. 

Therefore, some sources in English language devoted to "30 of June" and its details. 

It should be noticed that informational support of Anti-Mursi campaign is more developed than their opponents. Also, it is widely spread all over the world in English language sound or subtitles. 

Moreover, the current situation in Egypt attracts some radicalists from Syria and units interested in any kind of instability in this country: #Syria-n opposition members & Hamas fighters are taking part in protecting MB headquarters & attacking anti Morsi protesters. #Egypt by https://twitter.com/Sara_Haj

Anti-Mursi: 


Mursi's supporters: 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Call for applications: Media seminar in Germany for Central and Eastern Europe

Journalists under the age of 40 with a good knowledge of the German language can apply for this free seminar.

The Saxonian Foundation for Media Education (SSM) holds a 10-day seminar for young journalists from Central and Eastern Europe. The aim of the seminar is to give foreign journalists the opportunity to learn more about the German media and to strengthen international ties of journalists. The 2013 seminar will focus on the cultural responsibility of the media.

Candidates must work in media, have experience with the Internet and social networking. Fourteen selected participants will arrive in Leipzig from where they will make several trips. SSM will cover travel expenses, meals and lodging.

The seminar will take place Sept. 16-27 in Leipzig, Germany.

The deadline is Aug. 8.

For more information, click here (German).

Our partner: youth-in-action.org

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Article: Arabism - 100 years of solitude


Has the ‘Arab Spring’ turned into an ‘Islamist Winter’? With Ennahda and the Muslim Brothers in power in Tunisia and Egypt respectively, Jabhat al-Nusra lead­ing the Syrian revolution against a Baathist regime, and the constitutionalisation of Islam in Libya, many analysts have reached the conclusion that Islamism finally has its moment in the Arabic world.

And yet, underneath the surface lies the return of a force long considered dead: Arabism.

Study: "The involvement of Salafism/Wahhabism in the support and supply of arms to rebel groups around the world"

The war in Afghanistan is undoubtedly a key moment in the emergence of an armed rebellion in the Muslim world. The impact of this conflict quickly exceeded the borders of Afghanistan to extend Pakistan. Since then, the Iraq war, the civil war that engulfed Syria and the armed conflict in the Sahel have helped to increase guerrillas in the Muslim world. This study aims to analyze the role of the Salafi / Wahhabi networks in financing and arming rebel groups. 

This study was requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ukraine’s place and role in the Black Sea region. Expert opinions

View of the Black Sea, Sochi, Russia.
Photos: panoramio.com, author: Gennadiy-G.
Alla YAZ'KOVA,
President, Mediterranean – Black Sea Centre,
Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences 

– What is your assessment of the current state of the geopolitical situation in the Black Sea Region and the perspectives for its future development (5-15 years)?

– Over the two decades that passed after the USSR break-up, the previously rather calm and in a way peripheral Black Sea region has become a crossroad of multifaceted contradictions and geopolitical competition.

It is suffice to say that when in 1990 then Turkish President Turgut Ozal proposed a programme of interaction and cooperation of the Black Sea states, there were only four of them – USSR, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, while in 1992, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Treaty was signed by as many as 11 countries of the Greater Black Sea area (now, 12). In the subsequent years, that relatively small piece of Earth concentrated varied economic, environmental, travel interests that, in presence of common sense and good will, could provide the basis for large-scale constructive cooperation.

Meanwhile, in practice, the Black Sea region was gradually turning into a hotbed of numerous conflicts and multilateral competition involving not only Black Sea countries but also the leading European and world powers.

In such conditions, the traditional competition of USSR (Russia) and Turkey possessing the second longest (after Ukraine) shoreline and controlling the Black Sea straits receded into the background and became less tough.

East in the European Union context

By Arthur Dunn

Annual Summits of the states of Central and Eastern Europe gather the leaders of the countries of the region, which has the potential of not only consolidating role, but also to help Europe to find its place in the world after crisis. Such meetings are the only consultation forum of regional character, uniting the states located between Baltic Sea, Black Sea and the Adriatic, by this independently of that whether they are NATO, European Union, Euro zone or not. That is why they represent important international events, for example, two years ago in Warsaw, where 20 heads of the states were present. The US President Barak Obama was an honorable guest. 

On June 12th-13th the 18th Summit took place in Bratislava. The leaders of Austria, Slovakia, Moldova, Lithuania, Serbia, Montenegro Albania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, Estonia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Ukraine. It was held under the aegis “Growth Strategy for the Sake of Post-Crisis Recovery” and was devoted mainly to economic issues. Except for that, the participants discussed a wide range of topical political, social and security issues.

Naturally, each of the states participating in the Summit related to it its plans and hopes. It is expedient, however, to focus on two biggest countries, which by this are in a different position.

Call for applications: ASCN Call for Regional Research Projects in the Field of Social Sciences – Georgia & Armenia 2013

The ASCN Programme, hosted at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, launches a call for regional research project proposals in the social sciences, open to researchers from and resident in Georgia or Armenia. By regional projects, ASCN means joint Armenian-Georgian projects, bringing together at least one institution from each of the two countries and covering both Armenia and Georgia as research object. The research proposals to be submitted should be relevant to transition themes and should fit into one of the two topics below, defined specifically for Georgia and Armenia: 

1) Regional Cooperation and Security 

Proposals for this first topic should examine the achievements, obstacles and prospects for regional cooperation in the South Caucasus. Proposals are invited especially to assess pathways and forms of cooperation between Georgia and Armenia, such as in economics and trade, which may contribute to wider processes of regionalism. Projects may assess actual or potential institutional arrangements or formal structures (hard regionalism). Equally projects may study initiatives arising from within societies which can develop cross-border or transnational linkages (soft regionalism); these may take the form of economic, social, political, intellectual or environmental networks and would reflect the disciplinary knowledge of applicants in these fields. More broadly projects are sought which study comparatively domestic influences on security policy formation in Georgia and Armenia. Proposals are also invited which analyse the role of external actors (organisations such as the European Union and states) in fostering values and norms on a regional basis, as well as the interaction between the processes of regionalism and globalization, in the South Caucasus. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Call for papers: the international conference “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth: New Approach for South Caucasus”

An international conference on the “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth: New Approach for South Caucasus” will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on September 26-28, within the framework of the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Culture programme. Interested speakers are invited to send their papers before 30 June. 

Although the concept of culture for economic development has been internationally accepted, it is still a relatively new approach for the South Caucasus Countries, though the potential of the field is promising. The international conference “Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth: New Approach for South Caucasus”, aims to introduce the notion of “culture economics” for South Caucasus Countries, to share Western professional experience and to raise public awareness on the perspectives of culture-economy integrated approach.

The conference will include five sessions led by internationally recognized experts in the field of:
  • Creativity and Innovation as an impetus for development
  • Traditions and Cultural Heritage as a source for development
  • Creative/Cultural Industries and their Economic Potential
  • Cultural Policies towards Economic Development
  • The Role of Crafts in Creative Economy
For participation please send a short CV and abstract (maximum 300 words) to ano@gaccgeorgia.org.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is June 30, 2013. The selected candidates will be contacted by Mid July 2013

The €12 million Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims at assisting the partner countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the region. It seeks to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries' cultural networks and actors.

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Analysis: EuroMed-2030 Long term challenges for the Mediterranean area Report of an Expert Group, 2011

In terms of the changing geopolitical landscape within the EuroMed space it is reasonable to analyse how it would be shaped after 30 of June in Egypt, Taksim in Turkey, Kerry's visit to Israel and Russia's interests in Syria, as well as Russian causes on NGOs and "Bolotnoye case"? 

Just follow these political events along with the following publication prepared by European Commission, 2011: "EuroMed-2030 Long term challenges for the Mediterranean area Report of an Expert Group". 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

20 YEARS BSEC: Evolution of Institutions, Evolution of Priorities: Interlinks within the Black Sea Region in a New Era

We would like to attract your attention to the following publication which is devoted to the institutional cooperation in the Black Sea region: results, prospects and challenges. Analysis from the experts you can find in the BSEC anniversary edition of Xenophon Paper.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Call for Applications: Scholarships for the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme 2014-2015, OSCE

Scholarships for the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme 2014-2015

OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek invites applications for the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme. The Programme is a 15-month full time course that will start on 13 January 2014 and finish on April 30, 2015.

The Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme focuses on various issues and approaches in governance, economics and development, including energy security, integrated water management, regional trade arrangements, financial system, economy of transport routes and border management, transparency and accountability.

The OSCE, a number of the OSCE participating States and academic partner institutions actively support the hereby-announced Masters Programme.

Eligibility:
  • Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:
  • Successful completion ofanacademic degree of higher education (BA, MA, MSc, Diploma) in Economics and/or other related fields.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.
  • The applicants should not be older than 32 years on 1 January 2014
  • Citizenship of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Students from other countries can be accepted for the programme on a limited basis.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Global Turkey in Europe. Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey's Evolving Relationship with the EU

IAI Research Papers No. 9 
edited by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Anne Duncker, Daniela Huber, E. Fuat Keyman and Nathalie Tocci

May 2013
Pages 303, Euro 20,00
ISBN 978-88-6812-060-3

Online order download 4,3 MB

Paper published in the Global Turkey in Europe series in the context of the project "Turkey, Europe and the World", conducted by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator e Istanbul Policy Center (IPC).

Abstract

The EU is changing, Turkey too, and - above all - there is systemic change and crisis all round, ranging from economics, the spread of democratic norms and foreign policy. This research paper explores how the EU and Turkey can enhance their cooperation in the political, economic, and foreign policy domains and how they can find a way out of the stalemate EU-Turkey relations have reached with the lack of progress in accession negotiations and the increasing uncertainty over both the future of the European project after the Eurozone crisis and Turkey's role in it.

Keywords

European Union / Eurozone crisis / EU enlargement / Turkey / Turkish foreign policy / France / Germany / Cyprus / Turkish economy / Democracy / Kurdish question / North Africa / Middle East / Arab Spring / Syria / Israel / Iran

Monday, June 17, 2013

Call for participants: International Summer University in Georgia

Deadline: 1 July, 2013
Open to: participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, USA, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Georgia
Venue: August 11-17, 2013, Bakuriani, Hotel “Tbilisi”, Mountain Resort in Georgia
Description

New Economic School – Georgia in partnership with Freedom Works (USA) and Institute for Economic Affairs (UK) is pleased to announce the call for participants for the International Summer University “Public Choice: The Economic Analysis of Government Failure”. The summer school will take place between 11th and 17th August 2013.

List of Lecturers
Dr. Randal Holcombe, Professor of Economics, Florida State University, USA
Dr. Pierre Garello, Professor of Economics, Paul Cezanne University, Aix en Provence, director of IES-Europe, France
Dr. Roland Voubel, Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany
Paata Sheshelidze, President, New Economic School – Georgia
Gia Jandieri, Vice-president, New Economic School – Georgia

Eligibility

Participants of the Summer School can be from: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, USA, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Georgia.
Costs
Participation fee: 100 USD (includes accommodation, meals, seminar materials and transportation from and to Tbilisi)
Travel grants for foreign participants are limited. Applicants should note about their need of travel grant.
The travel grant doesn’t include the participation fee.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Прием заявок: Летняя Школа международных проектов, Москва

Летняя Школа международных проектов: отличная возможность бесплатно за 1 месяц узнать, как разработать и реализовать свой международный проект по направлениям: улучшение городской среды, развитие местного сообщества, новые медиа и социальные сети, креативная культура.

По итогам обучения в Летней Школе пройдёт конкурс проектов, 10 победителей которого отправятся в Берлин на недельную образовательную сессию! 

Приходи на открытие: 18 июня 2013 года в 18.30 на площадке дизайн-завода «Флакон», (м.Дмитровская, Новодмитровская улица, дом 36/4).

Записаться можно по ссылке: http://mymfc.timepad.ru/event/64692/

Study on Youth Policies in the Black Sea region

YCSD supports and contributes in a study on youth policy in the Black Sea region, therefore, we would like to attract your attention to the following research on the same subject implemented by Maxim Pijevskii, expert on regional youth policy in this region. 

The research was developed by National Youth Council of Moldova and it is available in PDF: http://www.cntm.md/rapoarte/Study2.pdf

Also, in this research you will find some references on our common work with a partner from Krasnodar -- Alexey Kiselev

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Whither partnership? Reflecting on the EU’s response to the Arab uprising

By Tressia Hobeika

The ‘Arab street’, a once-upon-a-time irrational space for ‘riffraff’, has taken on a new lease of life in the wake of the recent uprisings in the EU’s southern neighbourhood. ‘Belonging to the street’ – a hitherto pejorative expression in colloquial Arabic – has come to be assigned to a panoply of new local actors, including organised civil society, whether in the form of associations or political parties.

A new offer on the table


Under this new sky, and “respecting the democratic choice” of this same revitalised Arab street and its confluence of local newcomers, the EU has ultimately set to revamp its relations with its purlieus. It would accordingly lend its support to the uprisings on the basis of the ‘more for more’ and ‘mutual accountability’ principles, as enshrined in its communications: Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity and New Response to a changing neighbourhood. Combining the two, could a new partnership be on its way? What is a partnership anyway?

A rather woolly concept like many others in the EU jargon (democracy, rule of law…), the threads of partnership were finely unpicked as “one of these nice feely words beloved by politicians” (Boateng, 1999). In a more pragmatic attempt at defining this slippery concept, a partnership was found to be a “programme that has [inter alia] a high level of commitment, mutual trust [and] equal ownership” (Stern and Green, 2005). How does the EU espouse its new partnership in these new-fangled Arab streets?

Прием заявок: первая Молодежная научно-практическая летняя школа Русского географического общества «География в современном мире: проблемы и перспективы».

26 – 31 августа 2013 г. в Подмосковье пройдет первая Молодежная научно-практическая летняя школа Русского географического общества «География в современном мире: проблемы и перспективы». 

Летняя школа РГО станет площадкой для обмена знаниями между молодыми специалистами и ведущими учеными о современном состоянии географической науки. 

Участники получат возможность встретиться с известными лекторами, выдающимися исследователями, знаменитыми путешественниками и из первых уст узнать о последних открытиях в области географии. 

Приглашенные эксперты расскажут молодым ученым, как развивается наука под влиянием социального заказа, как правильно организовывать научные исследования и поделятся практическими навыками публичных выступлений. 

Программа летней школы направлена на расширение личных профессиональных и деловых связей, предоставляет возможность презентации и продвижения собственных проектов, а также участия в совместных проектах, стимулирует поиск новых идей. 

Call for applications: Federal Scholar in Residence Programme 2014, Italy

In honor and in the spirit of the works of Sergio Ortino, the founder of Federal Studies in South Tyrol, the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism creates the program called EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence. It is primarily dedicated to experts who wish to present and publicly discuss federal and regional questions that are of importance to legislators and civil servants as well as the international academic community. It shall promote comparative research at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) and aims at weaving experts and their networks in order to develop and advance comparative federal studies. Therefore, academics, post-docs and practitioners in federalism and intergovernmental relations are encouraged to apply. We mostly welcome applications which are in line with our research fields.

In sum, the EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program is:
  • a public acknowledgement of excellence not carrying any monetary prize, but covering the costs of a research stay at the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism
  • a possibilty to present own research findings publicly and engage into face-to-face discussions with a group of international experts in constitutional law and comparative politics at EURAC
  • an occasion for academics, post-docs and practitioners to extend and share their knowledge in multilevel government and governance in the beautiful Dolomites, especially from a legal and/or political science perspective
  • a possibility to enhance cooperation and discussions between scholars in the fields of comparative federalism and intergovernmental relations
  • an opportunity to develop new project ideas while being part of the international research environment in early February when also the EURAC’s Winter School on Federalism and Governance takes place

Call for papers: Religion and Migration in the Black Sea Region - Edited Collection of Essays


Obviously, the Black Sea region subject plays an important role in the modern scientific and research field. So, we would like to distribute other news about one initiative dedicated to some other issues of the Black Sea region: "Religion and Migration in the Black Sea Region - Edited Collection of Essays", Eleni Sideri and Lydia Roupakia / International Hellenic University. Contact email: elasideri@gmail.com / lydia.roupakia@univ.oxon.org. 

The Black Sea region is currently being transformed from a closed sea - due to the legacy of the Cold War - to a bridge facilitating human, economic and cultural flows. The strategic importance of the Sea as a crossroads of civilizations and religions is gradually gaining wide recognition. The various types of migration from and into the region have contributed to new renegotiations of differences between “us” and “them” and have reinforced the need to (re)think, (re)vise and (re)invent definitions of belonging. In the context of these new mobilities, processes of dislocation and resettlement have also resulted in a resignification of religious practice and religious identity. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Прием заявок: Европейская школа на тему "Приграничное сотрудничество России и Европейского союза", Выборг

Приглашаем студентов и аспирантов принять участие в
ЕВРОПЕЙСКОЙ ШКОЛЕ на тему: ПРИГРАНИЧНОЕ СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВО РОССИИ И ЕВРОПЕЙСКОГО СОЮЗА
Выборг, 26-30 августа 2013 года

Основные тематические направления Школы:
  • современные тенденции развития региональной политики и приграничного сотрудничества Европейского Союза;
  • история отношений и актуальные вопросы сотрудничества России и ЕС;
  • региональное развитие и специфика Северной Европы и региона Балтийского моря: основные акторы и институты, механизмы взаимодействия, результаты и перспективы сотрудничества.
В программе Школы лекции, групповые дискуссии, ролевые игры, тренинг по проектному менеджменту.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Конкурс журналистов: Writing for CEE

Премия Writing for CEE, учрежденная Austria Presse Agentur и UniCredit Bank Austria, размером 5 000 евро будет вручена за лучшую работу, отображающую жизнь в Европе и отдельных ее странах.

Журналисты из всех стран Европы, включая Северную, Южную, Юго-Восточную Европу, Россию и страны европейской части СНГ, приглашаются к участию.

Премия, учрежденная Austria Presse Agentur и UniCredit Bank Austria, вручается уже в девятый раз и при этом не является премией для Евросоюза или специальной наградой за раскрытие тем, имеющих отношение к Центральной и Восточной Европе. «Мы настойчиво приглашаем к участию всех журналистов Европы», - подчеркивает председатель жюри и глава отдела международной политики APA Амброс Киндел (Ambros Kindel). Он также добавляет, что хотя существуют формальные требования к предоставляемым работам, нет никаких ограничений по их тематике.

Статьи представляются на конкурс на том языке, на котором они были опубликованы, с переводом на английский язык.

Принимаются публикации печатных и интернет-изданий, транскрипты радио и телевизионных репортажей, опубликованные в период с 1 августа 2012 года по 31 июля 2013 г.

Предоставление документов: www.apa.at/cee-award

Запросы: APA - Austria Presse Agentur, Marketing & Communications
Petra Haller, Tel. +43 (0)1 36060-5710 ;
Bank Austria, International Media Relations 
Tiemon Kiesenhofer, Telephone: +43 (0) 50505 - 56036 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Call for Papers for a special issue tiled "Power of Provinces" on local cultures

The Kultura Enter, a Poland-based e-zine, announced a Call for Papers for a special issue tiled "Power of Provinces" on local cultures.

Interested journalists, culture experts, anthropologists as well as other interested parties are invited to submitted their paper proposals in the form of an abstract (up to 1500 characters) until 14 June to redakcja@kulturaenter.pl

The categories and oppositions suggested include activity vs. passivity, the local vs. the global, local dialects vs. lingua franca, community vs. disintegration, laws of market vs. informal economy, public space vs. personal space etc.

The selected texts will be published on the site www.kulturaenter.pl and a honoraria of PLN 300 will be provided for the authors of published papers.

More information is available here in English and Russian.

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