News from Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP)



New research project on EU and Russia started

The crisis of the EU-Russia relations of the last two years has shown the need for scientific research and network building in order to encourage once more the improvement of the East-West relations. The project of the Europawissenschaftliches Netzwerk Deutschland (END) is carried out by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and by the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration (AEI) and is entitled “The European Union and Russia in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus: Integration rivalry between East and West?”
The research project’s aims are subdivided into three. During the first step a review of the already existing research and networks in Germany and the European Union will be prepared. Within the second step the reviews will be spread amongst interconnected scientists in Eastern Europe and Russia in order to reflect the perception of European politics. Finally, these steps will lead to the elaboration of common research questions which then will be treated in common publications.

The research project will be complemented by events such as sessions of the study group “Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy” as well as lunch debates. Besides various publications in journals, the internet publication “EU-28 Watch” offers regular reporting of key national debates on deepening and reforms inside the European Union as well as on enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy.

More information about the project can be found here.

Launch of the PhD Support Programme EUCACIS for students from Central Asia and the Caucasus

The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) start the PhD Support Programme “The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the International System“ (EUCACIS). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Programme Erasmus+, it offers scholarships for three years to twelve excellent postgraduates who are working on a doctoral thesis in political science, contemporary history or economics on a topic of the programme’s focus at a university in the Southern Caucasus or Central Asia (including Afghanistan, the Kashmir region in India and the autonomous region Xinjiang in China).

It is the objectiIEP1ve 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 (in Almaty, Berlin, Yerevan and Bishkek); four PhD schools in Berlin, Yerevan and Istanbul; two research training stays; and continuous online coaching.

The programme is open for postgraduates who have started to work on a PhD or an equivalent degree at a Central Asian or South Caucasian university in the fields. The Call for Applications and further information are available here.

PhD Katrin Böttger was elected into the scientific advisory board of CIFE

IEP BoettgerThe deputy head of IEP and TEPSA Board member, PhD Katrin Böttger, was recently elected into the scientific advisory board (SAB) of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE).  The SAB advises, supports and supervises the organs of CIFE with regard to the development of its academic, scientific and prevocational education activities. The SAB consists of 14 members, who will coincide for their first full council meeting in Brussels in May, 2016. “I am looking forward to support CIFE in its activities. Furthermore, my election is another evidence of the close collaboration between the IEP and the CIFE, as well as the European interconnectedness of the IEP in general”, told Katrin Böttger.

PhD Funda Tekin appointed to vice director of “Center for Turkey and European Union Studies”

IEP TekinWe congratulate our colleague Dr. Funda Tekin for having been appointed as vice director of the “Center for Turkey and European Union Studies”, which was founded at Cologne University in 2016. “I look forward to this exciting task considering the current political climate in Turkey and its role in solving the migration crisis”, Tekin underlined.

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