Apply for “The Legitimization of External Intervention in the Former Soviet Space” conference in Bucharest

Deadline:  24 June 2016. The organizing committee will notify all applicants of the outcome of their paper proposal submission by 1 July 2016.

Open to: scholars who work on the former Soviet space, Russia’s foreign policy
Venue: 20 – 21 October 2016, Bucharest, Romania

Conference Apply for “The Legitimization of External Intervention in the Former Soviet Space” conference in Bucharest

Description
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Department of International Relations and European Integration is invited to join “The Legitimization of External Intervention in the Former Soviet Space” Conference in Romania.
2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The quarter of a century that has followed has witnessed a series of events that had a great impact on the evolution of the former Soviet space. The countries that once constituted the border of the Soviet world are now at the direct borders of the European Union and NATO. However, the shadows of the past have not disappeared completely. Since 2008, with the independence of Kosovo, the war in Georgia and the NATO Summit in Bucharest, many voices started to invoke the revival of Cold War rhetoric in foreign policy decisions, a rhetoric that became more actual than ever with the events in Crimea and southeastern Ukraine.
The conference will focus on the analysis of the current events in Eastern Europe, with the aim to more precisely evaluate the topicality of the lessons learned from the Yugoslav secession wars and external intervention, as well as their use and possible misuse in the context of Russian resurgence in the former Soviet space.

Eligibility
The aim of this call is at a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject and department invites scholars from international relations, conflict resolution, international law, etc. who work on the former Soviet space, Russia’s foreign policy, the implications of legitimization on foreign policy decisions in Eastern Europe, from various theoretical and methodological perspectives to submit paper proposals that focus on the following issues, broadly conceived:
• Strategies of foreign policy legitimization in the EU neighborhood after 2008;
• (Mis)-uses of the narratives of the past in the secessionist conflicts of the former Soviet space;
• Russia’s lessons learned from conflict management in the Western Balkans;
• The radicalization of East European politics and foreign policy in the so-called ‘new Cold War’ context;
• Please also note that a selection of papers will be considered for publication as part of an edited book.

Costs
There is no participation fee.
A limited number of scholarships covering the transportation and/or accommodation costs will be available. Applications for scholarships should include a CV and a motivation letter demonstrating financial need. Please submit your application together with the abstract to vasile.rotaru@dri.snspa.ro by 24 June 2016.

How to apply?
In order to apply, please send an abstract of between 300-500 words, containing the author’s full name, affiliation, email address, and short bio to vasile.rotaru@dri.snspa.ro.

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