Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Call for Proposals: EU support to cultural diversity and creativity in Egypt

The European Commission has launched a Call for Proposals for a programme for "Support to Cultural Diversity and Creativity in Egypt" with a budget of €1,500,000. The reference of the Call is EuropeAid/135-284/L/ACT/EG.

The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to provide better grounds for the development of the cultural sector in Egypt and the promotion of cultural diversity in the country. The specific objectives are to:

• Contribute to provide increased access to culture all over Egypt
• Support artistic and cultural education
• Support capacity building and structuring of the cultural and creative sectors in order to enhance its socio-economic impact and to improve the sustainability of operators/ organisations and the professionalism of actors in the cultural and creative sectors
• Protect and promote the diversity of the cultural expressions at local, national and international levels
• Reaffirm the importance of the link between culture and development in Egypt in line with the importance of culture and its contribution to the development process and to the efforts made in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
The call for proposals is divided into two lots, corresponding to the Programme specific objectives:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ecosprinter: call for articles 'The case for Israel and Palestine'



Peace talks between Isael and the Palestinian Authority : after more than 65 years of conflict, is there any hope left?

Dear all, 

After more than 65 years, the current Peace talks being held under the US supervision between Israel and the Palestinian Authority seem to be more than ever in an impasse. Old anti semitic obsession of the West ? Symbolic struggle against a new apartheid? 

Freedom, Terrorism, Security, media mass manipulation, refugees, religion, money : today’s Holy Land is the ground of the most complex conflict our generation will have to solve. What are the opportunities left for a (peaceful) future of the region? Can any US-led negotiations succeed, taking into account their involvement in the area? Are the current positions of the European Union satisfying? What can youth do ?

The Ecosprinter Editorial Board would like to invite you to send your articles for this special edition at ecosprinter@gmail.com, before the 5th April, for its publication on www.ecosprinter.eu. For any question or remark, please feel free to write us at the indicated adress!

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014.

YCSD took a part in the first working day of TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014.

The TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference will be held in March 24 and 25 in Rome before the 2014 elections to the European Parliament. The conference will discuss issues, such as Eurozone stability, European Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, Immigration policy, Institutional effectiveness and legitimacy and policy options for the future. European and national officials as well as European researchers and practitionners will participate in the discussions. Invitations to the TEPSA representatives have been sent.

The programme of the conference is available here.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference Rome Final: http://www.tepsa.eu/download/

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CairoBook: проект о межкультурном диалоге


YCSD запускает проект о Каире на русском языке, базируясь на принципах межкультурного диалога. В этом блоге о египетской столице автор постарается показать Каир именно таким, каким его вряд ли видел русскоязычный турист. 

Путешествуя по многим странам, посещая разные столицы мира, лишь один город заставляет возвращаться, великая аль-Кахира (араб.), "победоносная".

CairoBook -- авторский проект, посвященный одному из величайших городов мира, крупнейшему городу Африки. Многие путешественники вдохновлялись Каиром, столицей современной Арабской республики Египет. Туристические экскурсии не способны продемонстрировать и капли противоречивого духа города, а индивидуальные поездки сопряжены с неудобствами и зачастую отсутствием должной информации о Каире.

CairoBook соберет на своих страницах лучшие арт-материалы об этом городе, фотографии простых жителей, карты, исторические очерки, интересные заметки, видео, обычаи и традиции его обитателей, рекомендации туристам, instagram-аккаунты и, главное, представит все на русском языке.

Межкультурный диалог начинается с путешествия и встреч с другими. 

Ссылка на проект: http://cairobook.blogspot.ru

Monday, March 17, 2014

Regional Humanitarian Funding: Caucasus and Central Asia

YCSD pays a special attention to the issue or research, therefore, we would like to share the information on Caucasus and Central Asia provided by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Highlights
  • In 2013, countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia saw a dramatic drop in the incoming aid.
  • Only 1 per cent of the aid received by the region was provided directly to the affected government and the rest was channeled through non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies.
  • Outgoing humanitarian aid from the Caucasus and Central Asia continues to decline with the region giving just $1 million in aid during the reporting period.
  • In 2013, diplomatic representations of donor governments gathered in Astana twice to discuss humanitarian situation in the world and in the Caucasus / Central Asia region.
Download (PDF):

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Call for Applications: Social Leader Forum 2014: Social Innovations through Cross-Sector Cooperation

Deadline: March 16, 2014 


Kick-Off Meeting in Georgia, April 24 – 29, 2014
>    Challenges of cross-sector cooperation
>    Matching of the work visits teams and development of cross-sector and cross-border activities



Final Event in Turkey, September 24 – 28, 2014
>    Scaling of best-practice and sustainable growth
>    Instruments for successful cooperation with business companies
 
Work Visits
The work visits last at least 5 days between May and September 2014.
During this visit, the fellows will get acquainted with their respective local partners, thereby enabling further implementation of cooperation. The matching for the work visits will be done at the Kick-off meeting.
Guest Speakers
 
Who should apply
>    You are active in a civil society initiative and/or you work for the public sector/administration
>    You are active or interested in social innovation and cross-sector cooperation
>    You are able to conduct a work visit (between May and September) and attend the two meetings (Kick-off and Final)
>    You master English for oral and written communication on an advanced level



Costs
>    International travel costs, board and lodging for both meetings in Georgia and Turkey
>    International travel costs for the study visit
>    Lump sum allowance for board and lodging during the work visit
The costs will be reimbursed at the meetings.
A participation fee of 65 EUR is required (to be paid at the Kick-Off Meeting).

Call for applications: the study visit "EUROPEANS - Different but similar"

5-11 April 2014 | Struga, Bitola, Skopje, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
Study Visit for leaders, project managers, youth workers on the following topics: Leadership, Management, European Citizenship for sharing experience, gaining ideas for improvement and development of their work/organisation. 

The Study visit "EUROPEANS - Different but similar" will be implemented from 5th to 11th of April 2014 in three cities in Macedonia (Skopje, Struga and Bitola) and will gather project managers, youth workers, coordinators, supervisors, presidents, vice-presidents of NGO sector to meet with people from same field of their work in order to get some more ideas concerning improvement of their work, approach, human resource management, facing with differences and similarities between the NGO's.

The participants will have the opportunity to meet successful decision makers from the NGO but also from the business sector, where on those meetings they will have the opportunity to realize their differences and similarities as EUROPEAN citizens and, facing the facts, positive and negative sides of working in EU/outside of EU. The aim of this project is to show to all actors good examples of leadership, to give them as well ideas for improvement of their work and team, in order to have quality projects and quality prepared participants/youth workers/volunteers. The project will gather 27 participants from Germany, Macedonia, Turkey, Latvia, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Russian Federation and Poland.

Security in the Mediterranean, Three Years since the Arab Uprisings

In the framework of their strategic partnership, the Istituto Affari Internazionali and the German Marshall Fund of the United States have produced a series of studies on the Mediterranean region. Here are the most recent. 

by D.Cristiani, A.Dessì, W.Mühlberger and G.Musso

Three years since the Arab uprisings, security has again emerged as the dominant analytical framework through which events in the Middle East and North African region are being judged and interpreted by the outside world. This study analyses the evolving security environment across the Southern Mediterranean and African Sahel since the advent of the Arab uprisings. By focusing on three specific components - the African Sahel region, post-Gaddafi Libya, and Egypt's African policy under the Muslim Brotherhood - the study sheds light on the deeply intertwined nature of the security threats that have arisen across this area and widens the scope of analysis from a purely North African focus to a more in-depth understanding of the profound links connecting the Mediterranean, Africa, and the wider Arab world.

Algeria Three Years after the Arab Spring, by D.Huber, S.Dennison and J.D.Le Sueur 

As Algerians prepare for presidential elections in April, mounting political uncertainty surrounds the fate of this major North African country seemingly spared from the turmoil of the Arab revolutions. In the wake of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s pledge to run for a fourth presidential term, opposition groups and civil society have taken to the streets to call for a ‘peaceful’ transfer of power and an end to the fifteen-year rule of the president whose ailing health remains a topic of major concern. This study takes stock of these and other developments in Algeria since the outbreak of the Arab Spring. The first chapter focuses on the socio-economic challenges facing a country overwhelmingly dependent on the export of hydrocarbons, while the second assesses Algeria’s security strategy in light of the heightened regional tensions across the Maghreb and Africa.

Op-Med: Opinions on the Mediterranean

Ongoing series of opinion pieces on topical issues in Mediterranean politics from a transatlantic perspective

by P.Fargues

With international peace efforts failing to put an end to the bloodshed in Syria, regional governments and international aid agencies are struggling to deal with the waves of Syrian refugees escaping the war zone. Can Europe realistically keep its eyes – and borders – closed to the men, women and children fleeing Syria? Europe has only taken in a small segment (2.9 percent) of the overall Syrian refugee population and European nat ions have responded to the refugee crisis in an uneven fashion. While asylum opportunities have grown, so have the obstacles that Syrian asylum seekers encounter on their way into the EU. Europe is currently discussing burden-sharing, or "responsibility-sharing" between those member states that are geographically exposed to irregular entries, and those that are not. While this discussion will be crucial to improve the Common European Asylum System, its results will come too late to address a refugee crisis that risks undermining or even overturning fragile states in the Middle East.


Political uncertainty is mounting as Egypt moves towards presidential elections and the likely candidacy of Fatah al-Sisi is only increasing the polarization within Egyptian society. Egypt's leaders must not only overcome a deep division within Egyptian society but also an equally challenging divide between the perception of Egypt inside and outside of the country. While the move to depose President Muhammad Morsi was wi dely supported by the public, the Muslim Brotherhood and its sympathizers objected to the move, and they did so loudly and publicly. As time has passed, the developments have only deepened the division in Egyptian society. The opposition camp is likely a minority - perhaps at most one-quarter of the society. Nevertheless, the task of national reconciliation is urgent.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Прием заявок: Летняя дискуссионная школа GAIDPARK 2014

Начался прием заявок и конкурсных эссе для участия в Летней дискуссионной школе Gaidpark-2014, которая пройдет с 20 по 28 июля в «Holiday Inn Moscow Vinogradovo» в городе Москва, Россия. 

Тема: «Образы будущего»

4 марта стартовал конкурс на участие в Летней дискуссионной школе Gaidpark – образовательном проекте, направленном на вовлечение студентов в процесс активного обсуждения экономической, исторической и социальной сфер России и предоставление им доступа к качественной экспертной информации.

В этом году темой Летней дискуссионной школы Gaidpark станут «Образы будущего», а основными спикерами – выдающиеся ученые и общественные деятели, готовые проанализировать область своих интересов и сделать осторожные прогнозы на ближайшие годы или даже десятилетия. Вместе с участниками программы они попытаются ответить на вопросы, насколько предопределено наше будущее, может ли на него повлиять наш собственный выбор, как наше прошлое влияет на нашу сегодняшнюю жизнь и что такое «эффект колеи» и «эффект бабочки».

Принять участие в конкурсе могут студенты 3-4 курсов экономических и социально-гуманитарных факультетов ведущих региональных вузов. Для этого нужно заполнить анкету и написать эссе тему «В какой степени будущее зависит от нашего собственного выбора?» объемом 6000 знаков. Участников Летней дискуссионной школы Gaidpark-2014 по традиции ждут семинары, практикумы и дебаты со сверстниками, а также встречи с ведущими экспертами в своих областях.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Call for applications: 2014 International Neighbourhood Symposium “Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South”

2014 International Neighbourhood Symposium
“Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South”
Heybeliada, Turkey
24 – 29 June 2014

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University will host the 4th International Neighbourhood Symposium at Heybeliada, Turkey between Tuesday, 24 June and Sunday, 29 June 2014. This year’s Symposium will focus on “Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South.” 

The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South are shared neighborhoods of the European Union, its member states, the Russian Federation, and Turkey. While each is distinct with its own historical, political, social, cultural and economic characteristics; their proximity suggests synergy across many sectoral issues such as energy, transport, and the environment as well as more immaterial concepts such as identity, culture, and democracy. While the Eastern Neighbourhood is composed of many states that aspire to closer ties including membership in the European Union and NATO; it is also home to the Russia Federation whose estrangement with the West and its institutions is growing while it claims the neighborhood for itself. The Mediterranean South finds itself in a state of ebullition for over two years since the Arab Awakening began. Furthermore more regions are positively influenced by the existence and the work of the European Union which the Norwegian Nobel Committee focused when it granted the Union the Peace Prize in 2012: “The successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights. The stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.” The EU’s success in bridging the gap between Iran and the rest of the international community in order to achieve an interim nuclear accord and the inspiration the Union projects as Ukrainians decry their government’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the EU are a testament to its appeal and potential.

The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to discuss, assess, and understand these changes and challenges as well as explore the synergies between the two regions and the rest of Europe. Consequently, it focuses on the themes of Politics and Social Change and their challenges in each region. The Politics theme will focus on the security context in each region and sub region as well as the political changes, revolutions, uprisings in the region and the role of other extra regional actors be it states, international organizations, and non state actors. The Social Change theme will concentrate on issues such as the drivers of change, economic change and the role of social and new media in both regions. The themes of Democracy and Democratization will constitute the backdrop around which the debates will be geared. The issues of the domestic development of democracy, the role of the domestic arena as part of the democratization process, as well as the subjects of identity, pluralism, cultural diversity, secularism, and religion will all be debated to assess the state of play in both regions and their prospects for the future. All of these points will be discussed further through Structured Dialogue workshops facilitated by Professor Benjamin Broome from Arizona State University whereby participants will be presenting project proposals emanating from their cooperation in the workshops. For the first time this year, the projects could benefit from funding from the Black Sea Trust should those conceiving them formally apply. 

The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to promote further understanding and cooperation in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South and beyond by providing a forum for study, dialogue and networking in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Young professionals and graduate students primarily from the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, EU member states, and the United States are the Symposium target group. In addition, applicants from the fields of public policy, politics, journalism, and business are especially encouraged to apply. The target age group is 22-35 years of age.

The CIES project enjoys the support of numerous international partners and sponsors. To date these include the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation; the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey; the Anna Lindh Foundation, Alexandria; the Harvard University Black Sea Security Program; the International Relations Council of Turkey (UIK); Kadir Has University; the European Studies Institute of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); the Open Ukraine Foundation, Kyiv; the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES), Athens; Friedrich Naumann Foundation; the Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the Turkish Policy Quarterly.

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2014.


The application form: http://activity.khas.edu.tr/ciesapp/

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Call for Proposals: EU support to cultural diversity and creativity in Egypt

The European Commission has launched a Call for Proposals for a programme for "Support to Cultural Diversity and Creativity in Egypt" with a budget of €1,500,000. The reference of the Call is EuropeAid/135-284/L/ACT/EG.

The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to provide better grounds for the development of the cultural sector in Egypt and the promotion of cultural diversity in the country. The specific objectives are to:

• Contribute to provide increased access to culture all over Egypt
• Support artistic and cultural education
• Support capacity building and structuring of the cultural and creative sectors in order to enhance its socio-economic impact and to improve the sustainability of operators/ organisations and the professionalism of actors in the cultural and creative sectors
• Protect and promote the diversity of the cultural expressions at local, national and international levels
• Reaffirm the importance of the link between culture and development in Egypt in line with the importance of culture and its contribution to the development process and to the efforts made in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
The call for proposals is divided into two lots, corresponding to the Programme specific objectives:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ecosprinter: call for articles 'The case for Israel and Palestine'



Peace talks between Isael and the Palestinian Authority : after more than 65 years of conflict, is there any hope left?

Dear all, 

After more than 65 years, the current Peace talks being held under the US supervision between Israel and the Palestinian Authority seem to be more than ever in an impasse. Old anti semitic obsession of the West ? Symbolic struggle against a new apartheid? 

Freedom, Terrorism, Security, media mass manipulation, refugees, religion, money : today’s Holy Land is the ground of the most complex conflict our generation will have to solve. What are the opportunities left for a (peaceful) future of the region? Can any US-led negotiations succeed, taking into account their involvement in the area? Are the current positions of the European Union satisfying? What can youth do ?

The Ecosprinter Editorial Board would like to invite you to send your articles for this special edition at ecosprinter@gmail.com, before the 5th April, for its publication on www.ecosprinter.eu. For any question or remark, please feel free to write us at the indicated adress!

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014.

YCSD took a part in the first working day of TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014.

The TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference will be held in March 24 and 25 in Rome before the 2014 elections to the European Parliament. The conference will discuss issues, such as Eurozone stability, European Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, Immigration policy, Institutional effectiveness and legitimacy and policy options for the future. European and national officials as well as European researchers and practitionners will participate in the discussions. Invitations to the TEPSA representatives have been sent.

The programme of the conference is available here.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference Rome Final: http://www.tepsa.eu/download/

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CairoBook: проект о межкультурном диалоге


YCSD запускает проект о Каире на русском языке, базируясь на принципах межкультурного диалога. В этом блоге о египетской столице автор постарается показать Каир именно таким, каким его вряд ли видел русскоязычный турист. 

Путешествуя по многим странам, посещая разные столицы мира, лишь один город заставляет возвращаться, великая аль-Кахира (араб.), "победоносная".

CairoBook -- авторский проект, посвященный одному из величайших городов мира, крупнейшему городу Африки. Многие путешественники вдохновлялись Каиром, столицей современной Арабской республики Египет. Туристические экскурсии не способны продемонстрировать и капли противоречивого духа города, а индивидуальные поездки сопряжены с неудобствами и зачастую отсутствием должной информации о Каире.

CairoBook соберет на своих страницах лучшие арт-материалы об этом городе, фотографии простых жителей, карты, исторические очерки, интересные заметки, видео, обычаи и традиции его обитателей, рекомендации туристам, instagram-аккаунты и, главное, представит все на русском языке.

Межкультурный диалог начинается с путешествия и встреч с другими. 

Ссылка на проект: http://cairobook.blogspot.ru

Monday, March 17, 2014

Regional Humanitarian Funding: Caucasus and Central Asia

YCSD pays a special attention to the issue or research, therefore, we would like to share the information on Caucasus and Central Asia provided by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Highlights
  • In 2013, countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia saw a dramatic drop in the incoming aid.
  • Only 1 per cent of the aid received by the region was provided directly to the affected government and the rest was channeled through non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies.
  • Outgoing humanitarian aid from the Caucasus and Central Asia continues to decline with the region giving just $1 million in aid during the reporting period.
  • In 2013, diplomatic representations of donor governments gathered in Astana twice to discuss humanitarian situation in the world and in the Caucasus / Central Asia region.
Download (PDF):

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Call for Applications: Social Leader Forum 2014: Social Innovations through Cross-Sector Cooperation

Deadline: March 16, 2014 


Kick-Off Meeting in Georgia, April 24 – 29, 2014
>    Challenges of cross-sector cooperation
>    Matching of the work visits teams and development of cross-sector and cross-border activities



Final Event in Turkey, September 24 – 28, 2014
>    Scaling of best-practice and sustainable growth
>    Instruments for successful cooperation with business companies
 
Work Visits
The work visits last at least 5 days between May and September 2014.
During this visit, the fellows will get acquainted with their respective local partners, thereby enabling further implementation of cooperation. The matching for the work visits will be done at the Kick-off meeting.
Guest Speakers
 
Who should apply
>    You are active in a civil society initiative and/or you work for the public sector/administration
>    You are active or interested in social innovation and cross-sector cooperation
>    You are able to conduct a work visit (between May and September) and attend the two meetings (Kick-off and Final)
>    You master English for oral and written communication on an advanced level



Costs
>    International travel costs, board and lodging for both meetings in Georgia and Turkey
>    International travel costs for the study visit
>    Lump sum allowance for board and lodging during the work visit
The costs will be reimbursed at the meetings.
A participation fee of 65 EUR is required (to be paid at the Kick-Off Meeting).

Call for applications: the study visit "EUROPEANS - Different but similar"

5-11 April 2014 | Struga, Bitola, Skopje, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
Study Visit for leaders, project managers, youth workers on the following topics: Leadership, Management, European Citizenship for sharing experience, gaining ideas for improvement and development of their work/organisation. 

The Study visit "EUROPEANS - Different but similar" will be implemented from 5th to 11th of April 2014 in three cities in Macedonia (Skopje, Struga and Bitola) and will gather project managers, youth workers, coordinators, supervisors, presidents, vice-presidents of NGO sector to meet with people from same field of their work in order to get some more ideas concerning improvement of their work, approach, human resource management, facing with differences and similarities between the NGO's.

The participants will have the opportunity to meet successful decision makers from the NGO but also from the business sector, where on those meetings they will have the opportunity to realize their differences and similarities as EUROPEAN citizens and, facing the facts, positive and negative sides of working in EU/outside of EU. The aim of this project is to show to all actors good examples of leadership, to give them as well ideas for improvement of their work and team, in order to have quality projects and quality prepared participants/youth workers/volunteers. The project will gather 27 participants from Germany, Macedonia, Turkey, Latvia, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Russian Federation and Poland.

Security in the Mediterranean, Three Years since the Arab Uprisings

In the framework of their strategic partnership, the Istituto Affari Internazionali and the German Marshall Fund of the United States have produced a series of studies on the Mediterranean region. Here are the most recent. 

by D.Cristiani, A.Dessì, W.Mühlberger and G.Musso

Three years since the Arab uprisings, security has again emerged as the dominant analytical framework through which events in the Middle East and North African region are being judged and interpreted by the outside world. This study analyses the evolving security environment across the Southern Mediterranean and African Sahel since the advent of the Arab uprisings. By focusing on three specific components - the African Sahel region, post-Gaddafi Libya, and Egypt's African policy under the Muslim Brotherhood - the study sheds light on the deeply intertwined nature of the security threats that have arisen across this area and widens the scope of analysis from a purely North African focus to a more in-depth understanding of the profound links connecting the Mediterranean, Africa, and the wider Arab world.

Algeria Three Years after the Arab Spring, by D.Huber, S.Dennison and J.D.Le Sueur 

As Algerians prepare for presidential elections in April, mounting political uncertainty surrounds the fate of this major North African country seemingly spared from the turmoil of the Arab revolutions. In the wake of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s pledge to run for a fourth presidential term, opposition groups and civil society have taken to the streets to call for a ‘peaceful’ transfer of power and an end to the fifteen-year rule of the president whose ailing health remains a topic of major concern. This study takes stock of these and other developments in Algeria since the outbreak of the Arab Spring. The first chapter focuses on the socio-economic challenges facing a country overwhelmingly dependent on the export of hydrocarbons, while the second assesses Algeria’s security strategy in light of the heightened regional tensions across the Maghreb and Africa.

Op-Med: Opinions on the Mediterranean

Ongoing series of opinion pieces on topical issues in Mediterranean politics from a transatlantic perspective

by P.Fargues

With international peace efforts failing to put an end to the bloodshed in Syria, regional governments and international aid agencies are struggling to deal with the waves of Syrian refugees escaping the war zone. Can Europe realistically keep its eyes – and borders – closed to the men, women and children fleeing Syria? Europe has only taken in a small segment (2.9 percent) of the overall Syrian refugee population and European nat ions have responded to the refugee crisis in an uneven fashion. While asylum opportunities have grown, so have the obstacles that Syrian asylum seekers encounter on their way into the EU. Europe is currently discussing burden-sharing, or "responsibility-sharing" between those member states that are geographically exposed to irregular entries, and those that are not. While this discussion will be crucial to improve the Common European Asylum System, its results will come too late to address a refugee crisis that risks undermining or even overturning fragile states in the Middle East.


Political uncertainty is mounting as Egypt moves towards presidential elections and the likely candidacy of Fatah al-Sisi is only increasing the polarization within Egyptian society. Egypt's leaders must not only overcome a deep division within Egyptian society but also an equally challenging divide between the perception of Egypt inside and outside of the country. While the move to depose President Muhammad Morsi was wi dely supported by the public, the Muslim Brotherhood and its sympathizers objected to the move, and they did so loudly and publicly. As time has passed, the developments have only deepened the division in Egyptian society. The opposition camp is likely a minority - perhaps at most one-quarter of the society. Nevertheless, the task of national reconciliation is urgent.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Прием заявок: Летняя дискуссионная школа GAIDPARK 2014

Начался прием заявок и конкурсных эссе для участия в Летней дискуссионной школе Gaidpark-2014, которая пройдет с 20 по 28 июля в «Holiday Inn Moscow Vinogradovo» в городе Москва, Россия. 

Тема: «Образы будущего»

4 марта стартовал конкурс на участие в Летней дискуссионной школе Gaidpark – образовательном проекте, направленном на вовлечение студентов в процесс активного обсуждения экономической, исторической и социальной сфер России и предоставление им доступа к качественной экспертной информации.

В этом году темой Летней дискуссионной школы Gaidpark станут «Образы будущего», а основными спикерами – выдающиеся ученые и общественные деятели, готовые проанализировать область своих интересов и сделать осторожные прогнозы на ближайшие годы или даже десятилетия. Вместе с участниками программы они попытаются ответить на вопросы, насколько предопределено наше будущее, может ли на него повлиять наш собственный выбор, как наше прошлое влияет на нашу сегодняшнюю жизнь и что такое «эффект колеи» и «эффект бабочки».

Принять участие в конкурсе могут студенты 3-4 курсов экономических и социально-гуманитарных факультетов ведущих региональных вузов. Для этого нужно заполнить анкету и написать эссе тему «В какой степени будущее зависит от нашего собственного выбора?» объемом 6000 знаков. Участников Летней дискуссионной школы Gaidpark-2014 по традиции ждут семинары, практикумы и дебаты со сверстниками, а также встречи с ведущими экспертами в своих областях.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Call for applications: 2014 International Neighbourhood Symposium “Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South”

2014 International Neighbourhood Symposium
“Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South”
Heybeliada, Turkey
24 – 29 June 2014

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University will host the 4th International Neighbourhood Symposium at Heybeliada, Turkey between Tuesday, 24 June and Sunday, 29 June 2014. This year’s Symposium will focus on “Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South.” 

The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South are shared neighborhoods of the European Union, its member states, the Russian Federation, and Turkey. While each is distinct with its own historical, political, social, cultural and economic characteristics; their proximity suggests synergy across many sectoral issues such as energy, transport, and the environment as well as more immaterial concepts such as identity, culture, and democracy. While the Eastern Neighbourhood is composed of many states that aspire to closer ties including membership in the European Union and NATO; it is also home to the Russia Federation whose estrangement with the West and its institutions is growing while it claims the neighborhood for itself. The Mediterranean South finds itself in a state of ebullition for over two years since the Arab Awakening began. Furthermore more regions are positively influenced by the existence and the work of the European Union which the Norwegian Nobel Committee focused when it granted the Union the Peace Prize in 2012: “The successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights. The stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.” The EU’s success in bridging the gap between Iran and the rest of the international community in order to achieve an interim nuclear accord and the inspiration the Union projects as Ukrainians decry their government’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the EU are a testament to its appeal and potential.

The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to discuss, assess, and understand these changes and challenges as well as explore the synergies between the two regions and the rest of Europe. Consequently, it focuses on the themes of Politics and Social Change and their challenges in each region. The Politics theme will focus on the security context in each region and sub region as well as the political changes, revolutions, uprisings in the region and the role of other extra regional actors be it states, international organizations, and non state actors. The Social Change theme will concentrate on issues such as the drivers of change, economic change and the role of social and new media in both regions. The themes of Democracy and Democratization will constitute the backdrop around which the debates will be geared. The issues of the domestic development of democracy, the role of the domestic arena as part of the democratization process, as well as the subjects of identity, pluralism, cultural diversity, secularism, and religion will all be debated to assess the state of play in both regions and their prospects for the future. All of these points will be discussed further through Structured Dialogue workshops facilitated by Professor Benjamin Broome from Arizona State University whereby participants will be presenting project proposals emanating from their cooperation in the workshops. For the first time this year, the projects could benefit from funding from the Black Sea Trust should those conceiving them formally apply. 

The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to promote further understanding and cooperation in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South and beyond by providing a forum for study, dialogue and networking in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Young professionals and graduate students primarily from the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, EU member states, and the United States are the Symposium target group. In addition, applicants from the fields of public policy, politics, journalism, and business are especially encouraged to apply. The target age group is 22-35 years of age.

The CIES project enjoys the support of numerous international partners and sponsors. To date these include the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation; the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey; the Anna Lindh Foundation, Alexandria; the Harvard University Black Sea Security Program; the International Relations Council of Turkey (UIK); Kadir Has University; the European Studies Institute of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); the Open Ukraine Foundation, Kyiv; the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES), Athens; Friedrich Naumann Foundation; the Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the Turkish Policy Quarterly.

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2014.


The application form: http://activity.khas.edu.tr/ciesapp/

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