NISA Winter Session:
Online application for NISA Winter Session is now closed.
‘Perspectives of Eastern Partnership’
23 February – 1 March 2014
Recent developments around the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EP) summit in Vilnius, which was intended to herald “qualitative shift from negotiation of agreements to their effective implementation” in cooperation of the EU with its Eastern Partners have vividly illustrated confrontation between the West and Russia.
The EU’s EP program devised to facilitate Eastern Partners’ economic integration and political association with EU was challenged with an alternative scheme – Eurasian Union spearheaded by Russia. Striving to seize the initiative, Russia launched this Union to draw the EP countries in “close integration on the basis of new values, politics and economy”. Promotion of the Union coupled with making use of economic and energy dependence where possible was perceived by the West as “a move to re-Sovietize the region” which led to further tensions.
Continuing tensions between the two sides open the window of confrontation, reminiscent of ‘hard power politics’ in the European history. In this context, ongoing intrastate crisis in Ukraine is a reflection of the confrontation. As this state of affairs might have profound implications for the stability and security of the Euro-Atlantic area, there are fundamental questions to discuss: what are the more probable scenarios to unfold? Can this state of affairs take course back to the Cold War or lead to a new type of World War in economic terms? Or, what can be done to overcome the current crisis and achieve win-win situation for all parties concerned?
In this context, the NISA Winter Session will focus on perspectives of the EU’s EP program and its implications on political, military, economic and other dimensions of security for the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond. It will bring together speakers from EU, US, Russia, NATO, Azerbaijan and other countries to discuss scenarios and foster common understanding of upcoming developments.
This program is aimed at graduate students, young researchers, early to mid-career academics, experts and practitioners, who are interested in international relations, politics, and international security including issues related to the Euro-Atlantic area. Successful applicants need to be fluent in spoken and written English as well as to have academic credentials necessary to benefit from the course that will help him/her to actively contribute to the discussions. The participants should be highly motivated and demonstrate some achievements and activities in related fields.
Expenses: NISA will cover lodging and food expenses of all participants and up to 50 percent of travelling expenses of international students. However, visa fee is not reimbursed.
Priority will be given to those who have not participated in NISA Sessions before.
Those who need a visa should complete the relevant box in the application form below.
Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Working language of the event: English
Deadline for applications is 24:00 Baku time, 15 January, 2014.
To see or download the preliminary but detailed program, click here NISA_Program_2014 WS