Open Call for Papers: “Geopolitical Change in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: What Future Role for Europe?”

The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne (CIFE) are organising a high-level inter­na­tional confe­rence on the “Geopo­li­tical Change in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: What Future Role for Europe?” in Berlin on the 3rd and 4th of July 2017. The confe­rence is taking place in the framework of the PhD support programme “The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the Inter­na­tional System” (EUCACIS) which is organised with signi­ficant funding from the Volks­wagen Foundation and finan­cially supported by the Erasmus+ Programme.

The geopo­li­tical framework of the EU’s relations with Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus has changed signi­fi­cantly. China shows incre­asing interest in coope­rating with the Central Asian countries while Russia pursues its ambitions in its immediate neigh­bourhood through the Eurasian Economic Union. The interest of the US in both regions has decreased since Clinton’s Silk Road Initiative. Whether the Trump adminis­tration will change this, remains unclear. Also regional powers, such as India, Iran and Turkey have put stronger emphasis on their policies towards the regions. Against this backdrop, the EU has to discuss the renewal of its strategy for Central Asia (the current dates back from 2007) and the adjus­tment the European Neigh­bourhood Policy with regard to the Southern Caucasus. The debates have to consider the changing geopo­li­tical context as well as domestic factors in the target countries and in the EU, notably the process of imple­menting the new EU “Global Strategy”.

With regard to these current develo­p­ments, the confe­rence is devoted to the discussion of the prospects of the EU’s role in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: Which lessons can be drawn from previous coope­ration with the target countries? How should the EU position itself towards China, Russia, the US and regional powers in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus? How can the EU implement the “Global Strategy” in its policies towards the regions? Which new challenges will the regions face in the next years? How can the states in both regions and global actors cooperate to deal with these challenges? Is there an option for regional integration or coope­ration to address these challenges?

These questions will be discussed with high-level speakers from China, Central Asia, Europe, Russia, the Southern Caucasus and the US as well as resear­chers and PhD candi­dates. The junior resear­chers have the chance to present their research projects in the inter­na­tional confe­rence and receive feedback from renowned resear­chers. The confe­rence offers them networking oppor­tu­nities with other resear­chers, university professors and lecturers from Europe and the wider Central Asia. It aims at estab­li­shing a European-Central Asia-Southern Caucasus research network, including the fellows of the EUCACIS programme and alumni of the Master Programme “The EU and Central Asia in the Inter­na­tional System”.

Submission of paper proposals:

IEP and CIFE invite resear­chers to submit paper proposals, which are related to one of the following topics:

Please submit your paper proposal in English to Mr. Julian Plottka, ( by 31st of May 2017. Paper proposals should have a length of 300 words and include full contact details.

Invitation to the Confe­rence:
Parti­ci­pants of the working groups of the inter­na­tional confe­rence will be selected from the submitted paper proposals by a board of reviewers. Selected parti­ci­pants do not have to pay a confe­rence fee; food and drinks will be provided.

About the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP):
Since its founding (1959), the IEP has been a non-profit organi­sation dedicated to the study of European integration and of the EU in the inter­na­tional system. It is one of the leading foreign and European policy research centres in the Federal Republic of Germany and serves as a forum for exchange between academia, politics, adminis­tration and political education.

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About the Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne (CIFE):
Estab­lished in 1954, CIFE is a private, non-profit inter­na­tional organi­sation, receiving the support of the European Union and other organi­sa­tions. CIFE has offices in Nice, Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul. The programmes of CIFE encompass educa­tional and research activities concerning European integration, federalism, regio­nalism and changes within the structure of contem­porary society in accordance with a federalist perspective.

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Contact Details:
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Julian Plottka (