Since the Arab Awakening began lots of commotion may have gone on about the matter how the West should react not only to Syria, Egypt and other countries around it, but also how to assure peace, reconciliation and protect democratic values and human rights.
The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University hosted the 3rd International Neighbourhood Symposium at Heybeliada, Turkey between Tuesday, 25 June and Sunday, 30 June 2013. This year’s Symposium focused on “The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South – Tackling the Issues of Security, Democracy and Business.”
Last year the International Neighbourhood Symposium aimed to discuss, assess, and understand the changes and challenges as well as explore the synergies between the two regions and the rest of Europe and the themes of Democracy and democratization were debated to assess the state of play in both regions and their prospects for the future.
This year they again will focus on the themes of Politics and Social Change and their challenges in each region.
Young professionals and graduates primarily from the countries of the Black Sea area, Middle East, Mediterranean, EU member states, and the United States are the target group of the 4th Symposium held in Heybeliada, Istanbul, Turkey, 24 – 29 June 2014.
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 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; the Black Sea Young Reformers; Friedrich Naumann Foundation; and the Turkish Policy Quarterly.
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