The International congress on “Blue Black Sea” will be organized by Sakarya University, Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. The full title of International Congress is “Blue Black Sea: New Dimensions of Security, Energy, Environment, Economy, Strategy and Education”. SAKARYA UNIVERSITY “BLUE BLACK SEA” CONGRESS will be held between 14 and 17 October, 2008 under the distinguished patronage of the Rector of Sakarya University, Professor Mehmet Durman.

The Main Aims and Contents of the Congress

The aim of the Congress is to bring together experts and researchers of (primarily but not exclusively) the Black Sea regional states in order to analyze political, economic, social and cultural relations among the states of the Black Sea region.

In addition to the standard coastal states, other states that belong to the corridor carrying Caspian Energy sources to the west through the connection between Asia Europe (Albania, Serbia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) are all considered as Black Sea states. In the contemporary world politics, Black Sea is a pivotal region for the global powers. Color revolutions are a case in point for they herald a new power struggle in the line of Baltic-Black Sea-Caspian Sea regions. Not only the U.S. and Russia but also other global and regional powers and coastal states and institutions are struggling for influence over the strategic depth of the Black Sea region.

International Congress on Blue Black Sea will be convened with the following objectives: to describe various dimensions of ongoing relations and existing problem areas from both theoretical and conceptual perspectives; analyzing the existing and emerging institutions; to define areas of disagreements and and discuss peaceful resolutions of conflicts and hence to bring light to the international relations of the Black Sea region from scientific perspectives under different headings and sections. In this framework, Congress will provide grounds for scientific assessments of Black Sea Economic Cooperation. The latter is of importance also because it contributes to the integration of Turkey with a wider world in line with the ongoing liberal changes and globalization trends.

Turkey being another country playing for influence had in mind two objectives when it started the initiative of the Black Sea Project. The first was to transform the Black Sea into a sea of peace, stability and prosperity on the bases of friendly relations and good neighborhood policies. Second was to improve and diversify economic relations between the regional states by taking the full advantages from the existing historical ties and geographical proximity amongst the states. On the other hand, the congress has increased these aims by adding plans to approach and analyze from a scientific perspectives the ‘International Free Trade City’ that is to be constructed in Sakarya Turkey, which is designed for the Black Sea regional states.
The name Blue, symbolizes both a clean environment and peace. In view of above aims, the Congress plans to invite not only high level participants but also Presidents or Prime Ministers, Ministers and diplomats of the members states as keynote or guest speakers. Such a gathering will produce valuable academic assessments to a wider world community by sharing and disseminating findings about regional and global policies
The security of the Black Sea is not just a matter of regional interest; it has global importance, and it directly affects the political and economic security of the global powers such as the United States. The latter will encourage and support the new democracies around the Black Sea. Their success, stability and prosperity are all essential to the security and peace of the whole region.

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THE MAIN SUBJECTS of Sakarya University’s “Blue Black Sea” Congress, will focus on different factors and actors striving to actively engage in the Black Sea region. Topics may be assessed under the following headings:

1) Global powers: the United States., the European Union, and Russia.

2) Regional powers: Turkey, Ukraine, Romania. These actors have difficulties in formulating policies independent of global actors thus they have to work in coordination with them.

3) International organizations: NATO, EU, OSCE, GUAM, Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC).

4) The history of 19th and 20th centuries as well as current political, social, economic, national and cultural issues related to the main subject.

5) Special attention will be given to the problems of the communist and post-communist world in the Black Sea region. Therefore, the Caucasus and Central Asian issues will be also relevant for the conference.

Below we present more specific topics of the 2008 Congress:

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