2011 International Neighbourhood Symposium “Understanding the Common Neighbourhood – The Black Sea Region in Focus”

18 March 2011 - Friday

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University will host the 1st International Neighbourhood Symposium on “Understanding the Common Neighbourhood – The Black Sea Region in Focus” to be held on the island of Heybeliada near Istanbul, Turkey from Tuesday, 28 June – Sunday, 3 July 2011.

The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to promote further understanding and cooperation in the Black Sea region 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 Black Sea area, 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.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore both global and regional issues during a four-day intensive course of interactive sessions led by prominent experts. Sessions will be complemented by a series of workshops on conflict resolution methodology guided by expert facilitator Prof. Benjamin Broome of Arizona State University. Participants are also encouraged to initiate joint projects as a way to further cooperation after the Symposium.

The CIES project enjoys the support of numerous international partners and sponsors including the Black Sea Trust for Regional CooperationHarvard University Black Sea Security ProgramNATO, Open Ukraine FoundationConsulate General of the United States, Istanbul, Institute for Regional and International StudiesInternational Centre for Democratic Transition,International Relations Council of TurkeyKadir Has University, the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey, the American University of Bulgaria, the European Studies Institute of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), the Center for Technology, Security, and Policy (CTSP) at Virginia Tech and the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen


The deadline for applications is 22 April 2011.

For more information and to apply please contact ciesactivities@khas.edu.tr. The application form and the draft programme can be downloaded from the CIES website at http://cies.khas.edu.tr.