Department of International Relations
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
Sakarya University

Deadline for Proposals

Call for Papers

We are currently accepting submissions for “2nd BLUE BLACK SEA CONGRESS on POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY: Prospects of Conflict Resolution, Cooperation and Democratization” to be held in Sakarya, Turkey, on October 10-13, 2010. Selected papers from the Conference will be published in an edited book.

Submissions are welcome from politics, economics and other social sciences and related disciplines. We are expecting participation of academics, peace researchers, students, NGO leaders, activists, and other interested professionals from all parts of the world. The conference will also feature several keynote speakers, including: Dru. C. Gladney, Guram Markulia, Natalya Ulçenko, Zurab Todua, Sergey Barisoviç Drujulovski, Leila Aliyeva, Deniz Ulke Aribogan (tbc), Nassib Nassible (tbc), Alexander Dugin (tbc).

CONFERENCE THEMES: Black Sea Region in Regional and Global Politics; Conflict and Peace in Wider Black Sea Region; The Role of International Organizations (UN, EU, OSCE and BSCE); The EU’s Perspective on the Wider Black Sea Region; Turkish, Russian and US and NATO Perspectives on Eurasia; Frozen Conflicts in Wider Black Sea Region; Economic Challenges in Eurasia; Democratization in Eurasia; Other Areas of International Relations. Please note that abstracts related to topics that are not in direct relation to Eurasian or European studies are also welcome.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Each applicant should submit a paper proposal in English (max. 250 words) and a brief CV (max. 100 words) explaining his/her academic affiliation, and research interests. Abstract are to be submitted by e-form before 2 August 2010, Monday. Successful applicants will be notified by 16 August 2010, Monday. Final version of accepted articles should be submitted by 20 September 2010, Monday.

FEES: Conference Fees are set at 70 Euros payable by bank transfer or upon registration for all participants. The fee covers expenses for conference booklet, welcoming and farewell receptions, a trip to the city and local transportation during the conference. The accommodation and travel expenses are to be covered by the participants themselves.

Conference Coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Alaeddin YALCINKAYA, e-mail: alakaya@yahoo.com

Please direct your inquiries to Ismail Numan Telci, numantelci@gmail.com

For a detailed call for paper and further information please visit conference website: www.blueblacksea.sakarya.edu.tr


The Blue Black Sea Congress (BBSC) aims to create an academic environment by gathering scholars who are working particularly on Black Sea Region in international context. Academicians and researchers from various backgrounds will have a chance to discuss their projects and studies and to exchange ideas while expanding their academic network. The Congress will primarily address ongoing conflicts in the Black Sea Region and will look for peaceful solutions. Academicians and researchers who are working on the Black Sea region are welcome to participate in the Congress.

Wider Black Sea Region is emerging as an important factor both in international and regional context. The Black Sea region, once on the periphery of European consciousness, has become the next frontier in transatlantic strategic thinking in terms of energy security, trade, migration and other key policy areas. In this volume leading international experts examine the new dynamics of the Black Sea region, including perspectives from the region, trans-regional issues such as energy security, cross-border conflicts, democracy, civil rights, the rule of law, and future relations with Russia, the EU, NATO and other key actors.

This process has implications for Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia as well as Mediternean in terms of wider definition of the term – touching upon traditional, military aspects of security, but equally affect increasingly important areas of energy security and so-called ‘soft security’ challenges. The emergence of this region is taking place as a result of multiple developments – the eastward expansion of the European Union being primary among these, in combination with important developments in the political and economic spheres in the countries surrounding the Black Sea. This international conference proposes to analyze this process and its implications for Europe and for European policy toward the region.

A range of developments over the past few years has attracted increasing attention to the emergence of the Wider Black Sea Region as a new hub of European security. These have included the parallel enlargements of the EU and NATO in 2004, along with the growing strategic importance of the Caucasus and Central Asia – due to NATO’s role in Afghanistan and an increasing awareness of the implications of EU energy dependence on Russia and of the Caspian’s role as a potential alternative. Added to this has been Turkey’s aspirations to EU membership and the “color” revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine. In combination, all these factors have contributed to the Wider Black Sea region being seen as an important component of European security. These developments have also made a range of issues connected to the Wider Black Sea Region central to the security of EU member states, as they have brought a wide array of traditional and nontraditional security concerns connected to the region in closer proximity of the EU. The EU’s interests in the region can broadly be defined along four categories. These are: promoting long-term stability and conflict management; promotion of democratic institutions and the rule of law; securing a stable energy supply for Europe; and combating organized crime and terrorism, including concerns over migration and border controls.

Therefore, this conference attempts to address issues that are related to above-mentioned topics. It is also our aim to gather academicians and practitioners from a wide background in order to create a network that would lead to further discussion of all these subjects.

Please note that abstracts related to topics that are not in direct relation to Eurasian or European studies are also welcome.

• Black Sea Region in Regional and Global Politics
• Conflict and Peace in Wider Black Sea Region
• The Role of International Organizations ( UN, OSCE and BSCE)
• The EU’s Perspective on the Wider Black Sea Region
• NATO and Eurasia
• Turkey and Eurasia
• Russia and Eurasia
• US Perspective on the Eurasia
• Unresolved Conflicts in Wider Black Sea Region
• Economics Challenges in Eurasia
• Other Areas of International Relations

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