Monday, January 27, 2014

EU-Russia summit: open dialogue needed on issues of common interest and differences

The 32nd EU-Russia summit, due to be held in Brussels tomorrow, will consist of “a meeting among principals and key advisors in a format conducive to in-depth political discussion followed by a working lunch in the same format,” a press release from the European Council said. A press conference will be held at the end of the lunch. 

The EU will be represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and by President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. Catherine Ashton Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will also take part. Russia will be represented by President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

This summit is an opportunity for a genuine joint reflection on the nature and direction of the EU-Russia strategic partnership, said President Van Rompuy ahead of the meeting. He said the EU and Russia have many common interests that encourage both sides to work together constructively. ”We have also had however a number of differences which need to be discussed and clarified,” Van Rompuy emphasized. ”At this moment, we must focus on our common neighbourhood, regional integration processes, trade questions and international commitments," he stressed. 

European Commission President Barroso said both Russia and the EU have much to gain by reinforcing strategic cooperation, but stressed the need for mutual understanding and strategic trust. “This is what we will try to consolidate at our next Summit, by an open discussion on our common interests, as well as on our differences and the best ways to overcome them. An honest, forward-looking dialogue about the future of our economic and political relations is critically important for the benefit of our people and for a democratic, prosperous and stable continent," Barroso concluded. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Call for applications: a seven-week internship program, Germany

Journalism students in Russia can apply for a seven-week internship program in Germany.

The German-Russian Forum, in association with Moscow State University, is offering internships that will provide professional experience in German print and broadcasting newsrooms. The internships run from July 27 to Sept. 14, 2014.

In addition, fellows will have an opportunity to work in communications departments of large German companies and take part in three short seminars on journalistic topics.

The fellowship covers travel and accommodation and provides a EUR600 stipend.

Candidates must have good command of the German language. Applicants must submit samples of their journalism work.

The deadline is February 28.

For more information (in Russian and German) click here (PDF).

Monday, January 13, 2014

Resisting the Arab Spring: Egypt, Tunisia, and the Specter of Saudi Arabia

Despite the euphoria that accompanied the Arab Spring, a series of recent setbacks has fueled skepticism that the revolutions will lead to democracy any time in the foreseeable future. Two Open Society Fellows consider the implications of these changes for the region and the prospects for a restoration of electoral democracy in Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the growing but poorly understood role of Saudi Arabia.

Asef Bayat discusses the potential for the establishment of a “post-Islamist democracy” in Egypt and Tunisia and the probable role of what he calls “non-movements” of the poor, women, and youth. Fellow Madawi Al-Rasheed, an expert on Saudi politics and society, weighs the significance of recent protests in the Kingdom by women, internet activists, and the Shia minority. 
Speakers
  • Asef Bayat, Open Society Fellow and professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East
  • Madawi Al-Rasheed, Open Society Fellow, visiting professor at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and author of A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia
  • Anthony Richter, Director of the Open Society Middle East and North Africa Initiatives, and Associate Director of the Open Society Foundations (moderator)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Прием заявок: Зимняя школа CIRP 2014 "Политика России и ЕС в Восточной Европе: общее или конкурентное соседство?"

В Великом Новгороде со 2 по 6 февраля 2014 года состоится Зимняя школа CIRP на тему "Политика России и ЕС в Восточной Европе: общее или конкурентное соседство?"

В работе школы приглашаются принять участие студенты старших курсов и аспиранты общественно-политических, экономических специальностей из России, стран СНГ и Прибалтики, Польши, Германии. 

Условия участия:
Для участия в конкурсе необходимо отправить на адреса организаторов school@cirp.ru и mk@rbmc.info :
- анкету участника (активная ссылка для скачивания файла);
- эссе (не более 1 стр) в соответствии с заявленной темой школы.

Заявки принимаются до 20 января 2014. 

Результаты отбора будут разосланы участникам в течение нескольких дней после окончания приема заявок.

Просим обратить внимание, что проезд из города проживания до Санкт-Петербурга и обратно оплачивается участниками самостоятельно. 
Регистрационный взнос составляет 1000 рублей и оплачивается участниками в первый день школы.

Поживание и питание во время всех дней школы оплачивается организаторами (отель Park Inn Velikiy Novgorod).

Наш партнерский ресурс: youth-in-action.org

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Call for applications: 2014 PILnet Fellowship for lawyers

Applications for the 2014 PILnet Fellowship are invited from candidates in Brazil, Burma, China, the Middle East and North Africa region, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and Syria. 

*For the Middle East/North Africa region, special consideration will be given to candidates in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia

*For Southeast Asia, special consideration will be given to candidates from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is pleased to invite applications for the PILnet Fellowship for 2014-2015. PILnet will select lawyers from Brazil, China, the Middle East and North Africa region (especially Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia), Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Southeast Asia (especially Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam) and Syria for eight months of study and practical experience in New York. The PILnet Fellowship, now in its seventeenth year, targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy. 

PILnet Fellows will join other public interest lawyers from around the world. They will reside a total of eight months in the U.S., during which time they will develop a project designed to further the rule of law in their home countries. The Fellowship begins with a semester of study at Columbia University School of Law and a series of professional development trainings. In the spring, the PILnet Fellows will participate in study visits to various cities in the U.S. and Europe, as well as two-month internships at New York-based public interest law organizations. Fellows return to their home countries after the Fellowship with the aim of implementing the rule of law project they developed during the Fellowship. 

PILnet will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S., housing in New York, a monthly stipend, and emergency medical insurance. Selected candidates for the Fellowship are required to sign an agreement to the terms of the program, stating that they will complete it in full.

Monday, January 27, 2014

EU-Russia summit: open dialogue needed on issues of common interest and differences

The 32nd EU-Russia summit, due to be held in Brussels tomorrow, will consist of “a meeting among principals and key advisors in a format conducive to in-depth political discussion followed by a working lunch in the same format,” a press release from the European Council said. A press conference will be held at the end of the lunch. 

The EU will be represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and by President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. Catherine Ashton Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will also take part. Russia will be represented by President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

This summit is an opportunity for a genuine joint reflection on the nature and direction of the EU-Russia strategic partnership, said President Van Rompuy ahead of the meeting. He said the EU and Russia have many common interests that encourage both sides to work together constructively. ”We have also had however a number of differences which need to be discussed and clarified,” Van Rompuy emphasized. ”At this moment, we must focus on our common neighbourhood, regional integration processes, trade questions and international commitments," he stressed. 

European Commission President Barroso said both Russia and the EU have much to gain by reinforcing strategic cooperation, but stressed the need for mutual understanding and strategic trust. “This is what we will try to consolidate at our next Summit, by an open discussion on our common interests, as well as on our differences and the best ways to overcome them. An honest, forward-looking dialogue about the future of our economic and political relations is critically important for the benefit of our people and for a democratic, prosperous and stable continent," Barroso concluded. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Call for applications: a seven-week internship program, Germany

Journalism students in Russia can apply for a seven-week internship program in Germany.

The German-Russian Forum, in association with Moscow State University, is offering internships that will provide professional experience in German print and broadcasting newsrooms. The internships run from July 27 to Sept. 14, 2014.

In addition, fellows will have an opportunity to work in communications departments of large German companies and take part in three short seminars on journalistic topics.

The fellowship covers travel and accommodation and provides a EUR600 stipend.

Candidates must have good command of the German language. Applicants must submit samples of their journalism work.

The deadline is February 28.

For more information (in Russian and German) click here (PDF).

Monday, January 13, 2014

Resisting the Arab Spring: Egypt, Tunisia, and the Specter of Saudi Arabia

Despite the euphoria that accompanied the Arab Spring, a series of recent setbacks has fueled skepticism that the revolutions will lead to democracy any time in the foreseeable future. Two Open Society Fellows consider the implications of these changes for the region and the prospects for a restoration of electoral democracy in Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the growing but poorly understood role of Saudi Arabia.

Asef Bayat discusses the potential for the establishment of a “post-Islamist democracy” in Egypt and Tunisia and the probable role of what he calls “non-movements” of the poor, women, and youth. Fellow Madawi Al-Rasheed, an expert on Saudi politics and society, weighs the significance of recent protests in the Kingdom by women, internet activists, and the Shia minority. 
Speakers
  • Asef Bayat, Open Society Fellow and professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East
  • Madawi Al-Rasheed, Open Society Fellow, visiting professor at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and author of A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia
  • Anthony Richter, Director of the Open Society Middle East and North Africa Initiatives, and Associate Director of the Open Society Foundations (moderator)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Прием заявок: Зимняя школа CIRP 2014 "Политика России и ЕС в Восточной Европе: общее или конкурентное соседство?"

В Великом Новгороде со 2 по 6 февраля 2014 года состоится Зимняя школа CIRP на тему "Политика России и ЕС в Восточной Европе: общее или конкурентное соседство?"

В работе школы приглашаются принять участие студенты старших курсов и аспиранты общественно-политических, экономических специальностей из России, стран СНГ и Прибалтики, Польши, Германии. 

Условия участия:
Для участия в конкурсе необходимо отправить на адреса организаторов school@cirp.ru и mk@rbmc.info :
- анкету участника (активная ссылка для скачивания файла);
- эссе (не более 1 стр) в соответствии с заявленной темой школы.

Заявки принимаются до 20 января 2014. 

Результаты отбора будут разосланы участникам в течение нескольких дней после окончания приема заявок.

Просим обратить внимание, что проезд из города проживания до Санкт-Петербурга и обратно оплачивается участниками самостоятельно. 
Регистрационный взнос составляет 1000 рублей и оплачивается участниками в первый день школы.

Поживание и питание во время всех дней школы оплачивается организаторами (отель Park Inn Velikiy Novgorod).

Наш партнерский ресурс: youth-in-action.org

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Call for applications: 2014 PILnet Fellowship for lawyers

Applications for the 2014 PILnet Fellowship are invited from candidates in Brazil, Burma, China, the Middle East and North Africa region, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and Syria. 

*For the Middle East/North Africa region, special consideration will be given to candidates in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia

*For Southeast Asia, special consideration will be given to candidates from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is pleased to invite applications for the PILnet Fellowship for 2014-2015. PILnet will select lawyers from Brazil, China, the Middle East and North Africa region (especially Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia), Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Southeast Asia (especially Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam) and Syria for eight months of study and practical experience in New York. The PILnet Fellowship, now in its seventeenth year, targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy. 

PILnet Fellows will join other public interest lawyers from around the world. They will reside a total of eight months in the U.S., during which time they will develop a project designed to further the rule of law in their home countries. The Fellowship begins with a semester of study at Columbia University School of Law and a series of professional development trainings. In the spring, the PILnet Fellows will participate in study visits to various cities in the U.S. and Europe, as well as two-month internships at New York-based public interest law organizations. Fellows return to their home countries after the Fellowship with the aim of implementing the rule of law project they developed during the Fellowship. 

PILnet will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S., housing in New York, a monthly stipend, and emergency medical insurance. Selected candidates for the Fellowship are required to sign an agreement to the terms of the program, stating that they will complete it in full.