Policy Workshop for Civil Society Leaders and Policy Makers from the Black Sea Region

Professional Development Course
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 9:00am
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Monday, October 6, 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

The Black Sea region faces a number of turning points in 2014. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine presents a serious challenge to the pan-European security order; the EU is in the process of re-formulating its Eastern Neighborhood policy as well as its approach to the Black Sea region which is of vital strategic importance to it; protracted conflicts, closed borders and strategic rivalries have weakened institutions of governance and allowed the democratic rule of law to deteriorate; indeed, in a number of domestic contexts, the discourse on human rights and democracy is under great strain.

This moment deserves reflection. What are the conceptual issues that need to be re-thought in the light of recent developments, and what are the best and worst case scenarios for the region? Do priorities need to be re-ordered in order to achieve long-lasting solutions to cope with the considerable transnational challenges the Black Sea region faces?

This five-day immersion workshop for 30 innovative thinkers from within civil society organizations, researchers from policy think tanks and policy makers from the Black Sea region is designed to provide a forum to discuss, and develop practical, equitable and sustainable solutions to, regional policy problems in the spheres of democratic institution building, human rights and cooperative security policy.  

Co-organised by the Council of Europe and the School of Public Policy at Central European University, the interactive workshop will allow participants to share their experiences and challenges and will encourage collaborative discourse, research and action on issues broadly linked to the core Council of Europe mandates. It aims at focusing conversations and analysis around the large conceptual issues that will shape the region within the next five years.

The 30 participants in this program will come from the seven countries from the geographical region around the Black Sea, i.e. Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia. They will be opinion leaders from different backgrounds, such as scholars associated with innovative policy think tanks, experts, journalists, civic activists and human rights defenders with several years of professional experience.

The entire workshop will be held in English. To render it as interactive as possible, a number of assignments may be given in advance of the event to selected participants who may also be invited to make presentations or to act as discussants at different occasions during the workshop. 

The participants' booklet is available here

For a recap of workshop, please click here.