This seminar explored what does the “Brussels Dialogue”, one of the cornerstones of current EU peacebuilding activities in Kosovo, mean for the Serbs in the North of Kosovo. As argued by many, the EU-brokered dialogue, which led to the signing of the Brussels agreement (2013), is to be regarded as a “success” of EU peacebuilding. However, such positive assessments usually overlook the consequences for the locals and their perception of “success”. By linking the theory on the EU as a normative power with the academic literature on the local aspects of peacebuilding, this project argues that despite the supposed success, these concrete EU peacebuilding efforts had, among others, certain negative social psychological implications for the Serbs in the North of Kosovo and contributed to the worsening of intra-ethnic relations within this community. These processes, in turn, question the EU peacebuilding “success”, and the overall perception of the EU as a normative power in this territory.
A panel titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: American Politics in the Era of Donald Trump” was organized by the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Cyprus Policy Center and the Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Political Science and International Relations. The panel took place on the 17th of May 2017 at the Old Senate room of the International Relations Department in EMU. Following the opening speech of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen, Prof. Dr. L. Marvin Overby has given a seminer that addressed the politics of the US President Donald Trump which would affect Cyprus and its region.
Marvin Overby is professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, while serving as a fellow in the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. Before joining the faculty at Missouri in 2002, he held appointments at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Mississippi, as well as visiting appointments as a Fulbright distinguished chair at the University of Szeged in Hungary and at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. His research interests include legislative careers (in the U. S. Congress and elsewhere), legislative rules and procedures (such as the discharge petition in the U. S. House of Representative, the filibuster in the Senate, and free votes in various parliamentary settings), minority politics, and Southern politics. His research articles have appeared in such leading disciplinary journals as the American Political Science Review, the American journal of Political Science, the journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.
Overby’s seminar suggested some consequences which would likely come to pass in the near feature. The republicans would continue to stick with their leader to further their interests on taxes, military and other policies. However this support would prove to be shortlived once the public support starts to decline. However this support would prove to be shortlived once the public support starts to decline. Another question which seems to work against Trump was the foresight in him which fails to sustain a good name to pessimistic views from the people. In conclusion the presentation was very good and insightful but also it gave room for people not to underestimate overreaction which is common through the media. In a nutshell the final remarks pictured Trump as not being goal oriented but rather wanting to come on top of the situations all the time.
Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Cyprus Policy Centre (CPC) held a seminar on May 3, 2017 on the subject of ‘Apolitic Peace’. The seminar’s opening speech was made by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen and Glasgow University academic staff member Sophia Dingli was the speaker. Sophia Dingli is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgow. Her work explores the concept and phenomenon silence in International Relational theory and practice and its implications for political order and peace. Her work has appeared in Politics and the European Journal of International Relations, among other publications.
The aim of this seminar was to examine the extent to which contemporary peace theory exhibits the characteristics of depoliticisation, the significance of this and the alternatives available in light of these findings. During the seminar the extent to which the Contemporary Peace Theory shows depoliticization characteristics, its importance and alternatives in the light of findings were discussed. EMU International Relations Department students actively participated in the seminar, relying information about their own countries. Dingli formerly participated in a seminar in EMU on international relation theories and their implementation as well as the notion of “Silence” in 2015 upon the invitation of CPC. Among, Dingli’s academic publications is her work published in “Politics and the European Journal of International Relations”.
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On March 22, 2017 Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Cyprus Policy Center (CPC) organized a conference on “The Emergence of ‘Collective Security’” at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Palace of Culture and Congress. Following the opening speech of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen, Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher Limor Yehuda gave her seminer. Limor Yehuda is a jurist with a special interest in human rights and social justice. After legal internship as a prosecutor with the district attorney’s office in Jerusalem, Limor spent six years at Israel’s Supreme Court as a legal assistant and member of Chief Justice Aharon Barak’s legal team. Following her work at the court Limor joined the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) where she directed the department for human rights in the Occupied Territories and litigated human rights cases before Israel’s High Court of Justice. Limor is currently a research fellow and PhD candidate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her research focuses on the requirement for collective equality in the resolution of ethno-national conflicts. In addition to her academic work, Limor is a founding member of “Two States, One Homeland”, a movement focused on offering a new paradigm to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a modified confederacy model.
Yehuda’s seminar focused mainly on collective equality. This phenomenon has been put forward as a result of different conflicts in the world particularly on countries like Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Cyprus. Among the root causes of the emergence of collective equality was self determination and territorial integrity. In line with conflict in these areas, scholars view these conflicts as no solution conflicts that means there is no room for remedies to these problems such as the Israel-Palestine conflict. As a result of this position, Yehuda suggests collective security as alternative to these conflicts. Yehuda also outlined that the human rights concept would not be enough to solve these problems but also collective equality measures should be implemented in both social and political terms.
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On March 7, 2017 Political Science and International Relations Department of Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) has organized a seminar that took place at the BEA4 room (Old Senate Room) in the Eastern Mediterranean University. During the seminar, a professor of Political Science and International Relations at Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen, gave a speech on “A New Security Architecture for United Cyprus” that emphasized the importance of the security issue for the architecture of United Cyprus.
Sözen received his BA degree in 1991 from Bogazici/Bosphorus University (İstanbul, Turkey), his MA in International Relations in 1993 from Syracuse University (USA) and his PhD in Political Science (International Relations) in 1999 from the University of Missouri (USA). He is the founding Director of Cyprus Policy Center – a think tank within EMU. Besides his university work, Prof. Sözen is the founding Turkish Cypriot Co-Director of the UNDP funded program Cyprus 2015 which operated first under Interpeace and later became the first inter-communal think-tank called SeeD – Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development. He is currently the Research Director of SeeD. His current research interests include: conflict resolution, peace-building processes, governance in multi ethnic societies, the Cyprus conflict and negotiations, Turkish foreign policy and democratization processes. Sözen has published extensively on the Cyprus conflict and Turkish foreign policy; and he is a frequent commentator of world events in local, Turkish and international media, such as BBC and Al Jazeera International.
Sözen mentioned to five main purpose and rationale of the security dialogue initiative as: firstly, the move away from win-lose security perceptions; secondly, to broaden and deepen the debate around security such; thirdly, to better understand and deliberate on the security; fourthly, to collect and develop alternative security arrangements; and, lastly but not leastly, to collect and develop alternative security arrangements. Sözen also pointed out to the propositions, including alternative security arrangements and dialogue with policy stakeholders, that were suggested for the solution of the security needs of people of Cyprus.