NISA Summer Session 2016

NISA Summer Session:

Looking to the Warsaw Summit:

NATO’s role in coping with regional challenges

27 June-1 July 2016 | Baku, Azerbaijan


For decades our continent has been notorious for the most deadly and intractable inter- and intra-state conflicts that continuously keep challenging pan-European security, thereby undermining its integrity and cohesion. It will not therefore be an overstatement to argue that in the most war-prone areas of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Middle East regions – the “Achilles Hill” of Eurasia – there is a constant proclivity to exponential worsening of tenuous security conditions with far-flung ramifications that could disrupt peace and security in the greater geographical space. Conflict spots in Moldova and Georgia, Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, situation in Ukraine and Syria nowadays remain as the most daunting current challenges to the ability of international and regional security institutions to effectively deal with them towards finding lasting and workable solutions, and coping with their inevitable consequences.

Against this geopolitical picture, NATO as the leading Euro-Atlantic security actor that encapsulates collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security among its core tasks, cannot disregard wider security environment and exist in vacuum. Equipped with spate of unique crisis management mechanisms and having reiterated its raison d’être as “the globe’s most successful political-military Alliance” in 2010 Strategic Concept, NATO is now hoped to live up to the expectations set out by the most ambitious goals that the Alliance has self-created. NATO’s drive to preserve its centrality to peace and security in its immediate playground and well beyond its confines behoves the Alliance to contemplate its role across diverse dimensions, including first and foremost, on political, military, strategic and tactical levels.

While it is apparent that there are no easy fixes and silver bullets, and NATO alone is not a panacea to existing security ailments, it is the commitment to the very values of the Alliance and the ability to collaborate with other international partners that might reinforce its adaptability to changing security environment and provide dexterity in tackling the most complex issues.

As the entire Euro-Atlantic community is in anticipation of the next biennial Summit of the NATO Heads of States and Governments to be held on 8-9 July in Warsaw, the attention of policymakers, scholars and pundits around the world is riveted on the strategic posture of NATO vis-à-vis augmenting insecurity in the wider Euro-Atlantic region brought by the deteriorating situation around unresolved conflicts and active civil wars. These issues have in many ways topped the agenda of the existing security arrangements in Europe and beyond, and NATO’s 2016 Warsaw Summit is not to be an exception from this tendency.

In an attempt to contribute to the 2016 Warsaw Summit discussions, NISA Summer Session aims at bringing together young professionals and scholars from around the world to conduct a pre-Summit brainstorming session where the participants will focus on the issues relevant to NATO’s Warsaw Summit agenda, including NATO’s ability and readiness to respond to the crisis situations in its closest proximity, among others. How prepared is NATO to cope with regional security challenges? What are the existing toolkits and policy directions? What should be the most tangible policy prescriptions in regard to each conflict situation? These and many other similar questions will guide the discussions, at the end of which the participants will come forth with set of policy recommendations for the 2016 Warsaw Summit.

This event will involve notable academics and practitioners from governments, international institutions and think tanks as well as graduate students, researchers, early to mid-career academics, experts and practitioners, interested in international relations, international law, politics and economics, including in issues related to Euro-Atlantic area.

Successful applicants will thus have a sound command of English and show academic credentials necessary to benefit from the course that will help them actively contribute to discussions. Participants should be highly motivated and demonstrate critical achievements and activities in related fields.

NISA will undertake boarding and lodging expenses for all the participants. Also, for foreign participants travelling from outside Azerbaijan, we will reimburse up to 50% of the travelling expenses.

Please, complete the below application form before the deadline 24:00 Baku time, 3 June 2016