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11 -17 December 2020
Online

The 2020 edition of the International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS) 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 was 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 led by an expert facilitator on the topic who began the sessions with a short presentation and engaged 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 also included three sessions of a more political nature as is usually the practice of all previous editions of the INS. This year’s themes were: Countering Russian Malign InfluencesBlack Sea Dynamics; and The Mediterranean in Transition

The 2020 INS also included 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.

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.