2012 International Neighbourhood Symposium

Security and Democracy in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South in the Wake of the Arab Awakening”

Heybeliada, Turkey

                               26 June – 1 July 2012                              

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University hosted the 2nd International Neighbourhood Symposium on “Security and Democracy in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South in the Wake of the Arab Awakening” at Heybeliada, Turkey from 26 June – 1 July 2012. This year’s Symposium brought together 35 participants and 26 speakers from the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, EU member states and the United States. 

This year’s theme comes as a result of the recent changes in the Southern Mediterranean are unlike any we have seen in the past. Starting with the Green Movement in Iran followed by the uprisings in Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria citizens have awakened to a new sense of government accountability. Individuals concerned with overall economic well-being, employment, human rights of women and minorities, and the larger framework of good governance stepped out on the streets to demand that their requests be met. Keeping the developments in the Southern Mediterranean in mind, we moved to the Eastern Neighbourhood, where similar challenges exist however; which have not been addressed with as much enthusiasm or support. Both regions face security challenges with energy concerns looming large in the equation. As the democratization process takes root in some contexts and remains a distant concept in others, we looked at what role NATO and the European Union might play in both regions. Additionally, we looked at whether the business community has a specific added value that can present new opportunities for progress. All of these points were discussed further through Structured Dialogue Workshops with Professor Benjamin Broome from Arizona State University. 

The International Neighbourhood Symposium project aims to promote further understanding and cooperation in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South and beyond by providing a forum for study, dialogue and networking in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Young professionals and graduate students, aged 22-35, primarily from the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, EU member states, and the United States are the Symposium target group. This year’s Symposium included participants from a a wide range of fields, including the fields of public policy, journalism and non-governmental organizations.

The CIES project enjoys the support of numerous international partners and sponsors including the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation; the Harvard University Black Sea Security ProgramNATOTÜBİTAK; the International Relations Council of TurkeyKadir Has University; the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey; the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen; the European Studies Institute of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar; the International Institute for Peace, Vienna; the Open Ukraine Foundation, Kyiv; the Van Leer Jerusalem InstituteConsulate General of the United States, Istanbul; the Turkish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Istanbul, the Center for Black Sea / Caspian Studies at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., the International Centre for Democratic Transition, BudapestBP Türkiye; and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Lebanon, Beirut.

2012 International Neighbourhood Symposium Announcement

2012 International Neighbourhood Symposium Program

2012 International Neighbourhood Symposium Report

Press Coverage of the Event:

http://www.openukraine.org/en/news/news4982 (English version)

http://www.openukraine.org/ua/news/news4981 (Ukrainian version)

http://www.csrturkey.org/index.asp (English version)

http://www.kssd.org/duyurular_komsuluksempozyumu.asp (Turkish version)

http://www.irates.am/hy/1343117721 (Armenian)