The 1st Kadir Has University Conference on International Relations

Two Hundred Years since the Congress of Vienna: The State of International Relations as a Discipline and Alternative World Views

Department of International Relations

Kadir Has University

22-24 October 2015




Napoleon: “But I am a soldier. I need honour and glory. I cannot reappear among my people devoid of prestige. I must remain great, admired, covered with glory."

Mettenich: "But when will this condition of things cease, in which defeat and victory are alike reasons for continuing these dismal wars? If victorious, you insist upon the fruits of your victory; if defeated, you are determined to rise again."

Napoleon: “Alas. Then we shall meet at the gates of Vienna”.

(Napoleon’s written exchange with Metternich asking for Austrian neutrality in European wars – Summer of 1813)

2015 is a truly exceptional year from the perspective of International Relations history. It marks the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, the 70th of Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, as well as the founding of the United Nations, the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act and the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords.

The Congress of Vienna, whose final act of June 1815 was the most comprehensive treaty the Great Powers had signed leading to the reorganization of Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. With the principal objectives being the prevention of the emergence of new imperialisms such as the Napoleonic one and to put a check on political revolutions in Europe via the maintenance of the balance of power and the status quo, it proved successful for a while but ultimately failed to prevent the rise of Imperial Germany or the political revolutions of the 19th century that led to the emergence of nation-states in Europe and Central and South America at the expense of many of the European Empires. Nevertheless, its legacy proved influential as it provided for the emergence of a security culture in Europe with the Concert of Europe basically holding for most of the 19th Century.

130 years later, Yalta and Potsdam aimed to address the realities of the emergent post war order in Europe of 1945 – a similar setting, as a larger-than-Europe effort had neutralized a European crisis – while, the United Nations focused on the need to accommodate the victors of the war on a global scale and create a multifaceted and sustainable global security complex.

30 years later, The Helsinki Final Act of 1975 paved the way for erasing dividing lines between East and West and contributed to the end of the Cold War. Since then forty years have passed and we find ourselves in the midst of a Helsinki + 40 process whose objective is to contribute to an inclusive security community and strengthening co-operation within the OSCE.

Finally, this year also marks the 20th year anniversary of the Dayton Accords of 1995 which brought an end to the Bosnian war under the aegis of the International Community which touted its own efforts to rebuild crisis ridden countries in the Post Cold Era in a new spirit of international cooperation.

The first Kadir Has University International Conference on International Relations will be held between 22 and 24 October 2015 at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Two Hundred Years since the Congress of Vienna: The State of International Relations as a Discipline and Alternative World Views.’

The contemporary era is a remarkable one as many developments both regionally and globally are either reminiscent of a number of historical events that have shaped the modern era of international relations or could act as examples of what to avoid in order not to repeat the errors of the past. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine; the civil war in Syria; the emergence of the Islamic State in the wider Middle East and Boko Haram in Nigeria; the worsening relations between Russia and the West; the impact of the Iranian nuclear negotiations; the impact of the oil glut on the governance of a number of states; and the recession of democratization worldwide are cases in point. How these challenges are addressed in the brave new world of today is the question at hand. History over the last two centuries is one of many milestones that remind us of the need to study it, assess it, and extrapolate from it as the current challenges are being addressed. In particular, the unity of purpose displayed by many of its protagonists at the Congress of Vienna, the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, the founding of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final Act, and the Dayton Accords, serves as a potential beacon to address the current trials. History over the last two centuries also provides an interesting barometer and analytical tool in terms of the theoretical evolution of the discipline of International Relations and how to interpret and assess the international system’s future direction and development.

The Conference is meant to address the lessons learned from the aforementioned landmark events and their legacies on the international system by focusing on the global challenges today and defining ways to address them primarily from a theoretical perspective. By looking at the past, we seek to assess the present and future of international relations.

Apart from plenary sessions with keynote speakers and panel discussions, the conference will also include a number of simultaneous academic panels and workshops where participants will present their papers.

We invite individual paper proposals and/or panel proposals. We encourage scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to apply with proposals with promote innovate approaches the understanding of the international system and its future challenges. The following sub-themes should be used as a guide in the formulation of proposals: theory; history; balance of power; great power politics; diplomacy; international order; international law; international trade; conflict resolution; human security; current challenges; and alternative futures.

Please send your proposal directly to email: before 15 September 2015.


An application should include:

1. The paper/panel title

2. A short abstract including the main conclusions of paper (400 words maximum)

3. Author / participant name(s) and institutional affiliations

4. A one paragraph biographical sketch of each participant (not a detailed CV)

5. Author/participant e-mail addresses (required).


  • 15 September 2015: Deadline for Panel/Paper Proposal/Abstract Submissions
  • On a rolling basis until 30 September 2015: Announcement of decisions on paper/panel acceptance
  • 1 September – 30 September: Early Registration Period
  • 1 October 2015: Deadline for Full paper Submissions
  • 1-15 October 2015: Late Registration Period.
  • 22-24 October 2015: Conference


The Conference will be held at Kadir Has University’s Cibali campus, Istanbul.


Conference Registration Fees:

Early Registration Fee: € 100

Student Fee: € 50

Late Registration Fee: € 150

The registration fee includes the opening reception/dinner, refreshments and conference materials.


Accommodation costs will be covered by the participants. Details of available accommodation options and relevant information will be provided to the participants after the acceptance of the paper proposals.


Travel costs will be covered by the participants.


Assoc. Prof. Sinem AKGUL ACIKMESE

Assoc. Prof. Salih BIÇAKCI


Prof. Serhat GUVENC

Assoc. Prof. Kostas IFANTIS

Assist. Prof. Ahmet K. HAN

Lecturer Soli OZEL

Assoc. Prof. Dimitrios TRIANTAPHYLLOU (Convenor)

Assist. Prof. Akın ÜNVER

Assoc. Prof. Lerna YANIK

Gokce SILMAN, PhD Candidate; research assistant

Gul ORAL, MA Candidate; research assistant

Hatice BINER, MA Candidate; research assistant

Itir Sinem AYKUT, PhD Student


Roy ALLISON, Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations, University of Oxford

Shlomo AVINERI, Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mustafa AYDIN, Rector and Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University, Istanbul

Oleg BARABANOV, Professor of International Relations; Deputy Director-Academic Director, European Studies Institute, MGIMO University, Moscow

Stephen CALLEYA, Professor, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta

Spyros ECONOMIDES, Professor of International Relations and European Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Geoffrey EDWARDS, Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies and Emeritus Reader in European Studies, University of Cambridge

Dimitris KERIDIS, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University, Athens

Kemal KIRISCI, TÜSİAD Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Guenter MEYER, Professor of Economic and Social Geography, Mainz University

Kostas A. LAVDAS, The Constantine G. Karamanlis Professor of Hellenic and European Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Tufts University, Medford, MA

Antonio MARQUINA BARRIO, Chair in International Security, Director of the Department International Studies, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Kerem OKTEM, Professor for Southeast European Studies and Modern Turkey, University of Graz

Jacques RUPNIK, Director of Research at CERI and Professor, Sciences Po, Paris

Ilter TURAN, Professor emeritus of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University


Center for International and European Studies, Kadir Has University

International Relations Council of Turkey

Department of International Relations

Kadir Has University

Kadir Has Caddesi