11/13/2020 - 16:00
2020 Uluslararası Komşuluk Sempozyumu (INS) “Avrupa Çevresinde Gençliğin Güçlendirilmesi, Sivil Katılım ve Sürdürülebilir Kalkınma”





11 -17 December 2020

The deadline for applications is Saturday, 5 December 2020

You may apply here.

The 2020 edition of the International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS) will be held primarily as an online event between 11 - 17 December 2020  (in the form of 3 to 3.5 hour-long afternoon sessions) where the focus will be on assessing the role of civil society in the COVID19 era across the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods of the European Union on a number on themes including: COVID19 and CSOsYouth EmpowermentGender DynamicsIntercultural Dialogue; and Sustainable Development/Sustainable Cities. Each of the aforementioned sessions will be led by an expert facilitator on the topic who will begin the sessions with a short presentation and will engage the participants into a discussion in order to engender policy recommendations as to how to strengthen the enabling environment CSOs engaged in the particular topics and how to promote greater civic engagement.

Apart from the sessions dedicated to the engagement of Civil Society in the COVID19 Era, the INS will also include three sessions of a more political nature as is usually the practice of all previous editions of the INS. This year’s themes are: Countering Russian Malign InfluencesBlack Sea Dynamics; and The Mediterranean in Transition

The 2020 INS will also include a series of six webinars either related to foreign policy/ international relations issues relevant to the EU and its neighbourhoods or on a number of themes pertinent to civil society and its engagement. These webinars will be open to a wider audience and will run between November 2020 and April 2021.

The INS is an initiative of the CIES in partnership with QuadriviumUA: Ukraine Analytica and Ukrainian Prism.

Who should apply: MA students, PhD candidates, young PhD scholars, experts, and young professionals, aged between 20 and 40 years or thereabouts, from the countries of the Black Sea area; Southeastern Europe; the Mediterranean; the Middle East; EU member states; and elsewhere with an interest in the politics of the EU’s neighbourhoods and civil society. Proficiency in English is required.

Linked to the project are a series of webinars which will be held during the period between November 2020 and April 2021.

The first three webinars are:

  • "Making Sense of Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean" 

You may see the Youtube video of the event here.

  • "Developments in the South Saucasus: Regional Perspectives"

You may see the Youtube video of the event here.

  • "The US Presidential Election: What Implications for Turkey and its Neighbours?"

You may see the Youtube video of the event here.

You may see the program here.

You may apply here.