2018 International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS)
“Managing Change in Europe’s Neighbourhoods”

19 - 24 June 2018
Odessa, Ukraine

“Creating Synergies Within and Across Regions”

Symposium Announcement

The 8th International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS) was held in Odessa on 19-24 June 2018. The Symposium theme for 2018 was “Managing Change in Europe’s Neighbourhoods”. It organized by the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) in partnership with UA: Ukraine Analyticathe Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and Quadrivium.

The setting: The INS aims principally to contribute to further cooperation and understanding in Europe’s Neighbourhoods, by providing a forum for study and dialogue in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.

The Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, and Southeastern Europe are shared neighborhoods of the European Union, its member states, and Turkey. While each is distinct with its own historical, political, social, cultural, and economic characteristics; their proximity suggests synergies across many sectors such as energy, sustainable development, and migration as well as more immaterial concepts such as identity, culture, and democracy.

Europe’s neighbourhoods have serious security considerations to deal with implications on the rest of the world. While understanding the key dynamics is essential, it is also important to debate and explore the potential and opportunities for change and the role of changemakers in these regions and how they can positively manage change.

Objective: The 2018 International Neighbourhood Symposium aimed to discuss, assess, and understand the recent political and security developments in the three regions as well as around the globe with a particular focus on the role of the European Union and NATO. The INS also enabled participants to debate and understand the value of being a changemaker and managing change be it societal, economic, or political in a fluid security environment. The objective was to increase the knowledge and awareness of the participants while inspiring them as they develop action plans. Finally, the participants developed joint action plans to contribute for change in the three regions in Peer to Peer Workshops, led by expert trainers and facilitators and presented them for discussion and evaluation during the INS. The participants encouraged to stay in touch with their group members to find ways to implement their action plans post-Symposium.

During the first two days of the symposium, expert discussions led both by experienced and junior experts/practitioners/educators brought the spotlight on a number of societal, political, and security concerns such as Europe in flux; developments in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South; the security context; the energy dynamics; civic engagement, democracy, and individual freedoms; sustainable development; migration; and youth empowerment. Days 3 and 4 dedicated to the Peer to Peer Workshops and whereby participants prepared project proposal concepts emanating from the cooperation with each other.

Participants: Young professionals and graduate students primarily from the countries of the Black Sea area; Central Europe; Southeastern Europe; the Mediterranean; the Middle East; Central Asia; other EU member states; and the United States are the Symposium target group. Applicants with an interest in international relations, public policy, politics, journalism, civil society, and business are encouraged to apply. The target age group is 22-35 years of age (those born between 1983 and 1996).

Partners: The partner institutions invested in the 2018 International Neighbourhood Symposium include:

  • Center for International and European Studies, Istanbul
  • Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”, Kyiv
  • UA: Ukraine Analytica, Odessa
  • NGO ''Quadrivium'', Chernivtsi
  • Hellenic Foundation for Culture, Odessa Branch
  • Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Bucharest
  • NATO's Public Diplomacy Division
  • Harvard University Black Sea Security Program, Cambridge, MA
  • Kadir Has University, Istanbul
  • Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF), Istanbul
  • International Institute for Peace, Vienna
  • Federation of NGOs for Development (FOND), Bucharest
  • Black Sea NGO Network, Bucharest
  • The Center for Education, Research and Action FOTOESSA, Athens
  • Experts for Security and Global Affairs (ESGA), Bucharest
  • The House of Europe in Rhodes, Rhodes
  • Rhodes Model Regional Cooperation (RhodesMRC), Rhodes
  • The People for Change Foundation, San Gwann, Malta
  • Center for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi
  • International Relations Council of Turkey, Istanbul
  • International Development Management (IDEMA), Istanbul
  • Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”, Sofia
  • Asia Minor, Istanbul
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey, Istanbul
  • ENACTED, Jean Monnet Network, Center for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi

Event Announcement


Press Coverage of the Symposium

"Akıskan Bir Dünya'da Değişimi Yönetmek" [Managing Change in a Fluid World] (Turkish)
by Dimitios Triantaphyllou 
Derin Ekonomi
July 2018

"Managing Change in a Fluid World"
by Dimitios Triantaphyllou
2 July 2018