“The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the International System” (EUCACIS) is a PhD Support Programme for Postgraduates and Doctoral Researchers in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus, organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the programme Erasmus+, it offers scholarships for three years to excellent postgraduates who are working on a doctoral thesis in political science, contemporary history or economics on a topic related to its thematic focus at a university or academy of sciences in the Southern Caucasus or Central Asia (including Afghanistan, the Kashmir region in India and the autonomous region Xinjiang in China). It is the objective of the EUCACIS programme to provide intensive PhD research training for its participants to bring them closer to international standards, to support them until they submit their doctoral theses, and to help them establish their own networks with other young researchers in the target regions and in Europe. This will be achieved through four international conferences, four PhD schools, two research training stays and continuous online coaching.
Violetta Manukyan (Petrosyan) is an expert at the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, as well as a lecturer and a PhD student in International Relations at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS) UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy and Political Science. Her research interests include the processes of post-conflict state-building and stateness, the connection between the international recognition and the stateness level of the states, issues of state sovereignty and state legitimacy, war-torn societies, and the role and impact of international organizations on state-building and stateness.
Read Violetta’s contribution to the series here.