22.05.2022 14:12

The International Neighbourhood Symposium 2022 - The Odesa Talks

The International Neighbourhood Symposium 2022

The Odesa Talks

21 May – 28 June 2022

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University, Istanbul; the International Institute for Peace (IIP), Vienna; UA: Ukraine Analytica, Odesa; the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”, Kyiv; and NGO “Quadrivium”, Chernivtsi in partnership with several other partner institutions are launching an online version of the flagship International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS). This year’s version titled “The Odesa Talks” aims to honor both the struggle of the Ukraine people and their resilience as well as the city of Odesa which had hosted the INS for three successive summers (2017-2019) before the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Russian invasion forced us to move to online formats of the event. The concept this year is to hold a series of five thematic discussions held on five consecutive Tuesdays (31 May, 7 June, 14 June, 21 June, and 28 June) at 17:00 CET (18:00 GMT+3) with expert speakers from Ukraine, the rest of Europe and the United States on the themes of: “The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and its Consequences”; “What Role for Civil Society in Conflict Zones?”; “The Regional Context”; “The European Union and its Neighbourhoods”; and “The European Security Architecture and Russia”. These talks each led by an experienced moderator are meant to encourage and generate dialogue between the speakers and the audience and advance our mutual understanding of the issues discussed. They will be held on the Zoom platform and be broadcasted live on Facebook and YouTube.

The organizing institutions plan to hold a second round of “Odesa Talks” in the Fall and look forward to eventually being able to continue the work of the Symposium in situ in Odesa.

This endeavor is supported by a number of partner institutions including:

  • Institute of International Relations (IDIS), Panteion University of Social Sciences, Athens
  • Global Academy, Istanbul
  • Institute for European Policies and Reform (IPRE), Chisinau