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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Tackling COVID-19 in the South Caucasus: Challenges & Prospects

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This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the current challenges posed by COVID-19 to Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus region, namely how it will affect connectivity, relations with the EU, but also trade/energy relations across Eurasia, including recovering measures.

The debate is part of the ENC In-depth podcast discussions which brings together experts and academics to assess developments in the Eastern Partnership area in the fields of Security, Foreign Policy, Economy, Democracy and Education.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of H.E. Amb. Fuad Isgandarov, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of the Mission to the EU since 2012,  Mr. Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East, DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and Dr. Licínia Simão, Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra and ENC Academic Council Member.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Migration Management: Turkey’s approach and impact on EU relations

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Migration Management: Turkey’s approach and impact on EU relations

This ENC In-Depth podcast is the fifth of a series of 12 podcasts dedicated to the Turkey Training Programme (TTP) which focuses on “European sentiment in Turkey among opinion-shapers and youth leaders.” Dr. Fulya Memisoglu, Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at Yıldız Technical University and ENC Academic Council Member, discusses the 2016 EU-Turkey Refugee Deal, why is it considered controversial, yet also necessary. She also comments on the funding mechanism, the handling and implementation of migration-related projects tied to the Refugee Deal.

The discussion was moderated by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director, and features the comments and insights of  Dr. Fulya MemiÅŸoÄŸlu, Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at Yıldız Technical University and ENC Academic Council Member.

ENC In-depth Podcasts: Understanding University-level Youth in Turkey & Europe

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ENC In-depth Podcasts: Understanding University-level Youth in Turkey & Europe

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), in cooperation with the Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies (PODEM), implemented a 14-month research project, within the “Civil Society Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Turkey Programme (CSD-V)” titled “Understanding Future Values: Youth and Interaction across the EU and Turkey”. The project focuses on youth perceptions in European countries and Turkey, and understanding the socio-political values of the youth and their views on EU-Turkey relations.

This ENC In-Depth Podcast Series follows the publication of a two-part report on “Values, Interactions and Aspirations: Understanding University-Level Youth in Turkey and in Europe”, developed by PODEM and ENC. Both debates were moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia.

In Part 1, Dr. Aybars Gorgulu, PODEM’s Executive Director and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC’s Managing Director discussed the rationale, the methodology and the key findings of the two-part report.

Part 2 features the comments and insights of  Dr. Dimitris Bouris, Assistant Professor of EU Security/European External Relations at the University of Amsterdam, ENC Academic Council Member and visiting professor at the College of Europe Natolin in Warsaw; and Dr. Branislav Radeljic, Professor of International Relations at Necmettin Erbakan University in Turkey, ENC Academic Council Member and Visiting Professor of European Politics at Nebrija University in Madrid. The guests analysed the impact of exchange programmes, such Erasmus, among youth and academics and their potential in positively or negatively influencing political developments in the long run.

You can listen or watch both podcasts through the links below:

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ENC In-Depth Podcast (EaP Series): EU-Russia relations and its impact on EaP countries

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ENC In-Depth Podcast (EaP Series): EU-Russia relations and its impact on EaP countries

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to EU-Russia relations, focusing on the latter’s realpolitik Foreign Policy approach considered by many to be driven by the interests of the state; its impact on EaP countries and on the EU’s relation with the EaP countries; and the different type of response needed by the EU to restore its role as a normative power and demonstrating integrity, unity and consistency.

The debate is part of the ENC In-depth podcast discussions which brings together experts and academics to assess developments in the Eastern Partnership area in the fields of Security, Foreign Policy, Economy, Democracy and Education.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Leila Alieva, affiliate at the Russian and East European Studies department at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and ENC Academic Council Member; and Tony van der Togt, Senior Research Associate at Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands.

 

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Mainstream Media in Crisis: How can we restore trust in media sector?

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Mainstream Media in Crisis: How can we restore trust in media sector?

This ENC In-Depth podcast is the first of a series of 12 podcasts dedicated to the Turkey Training Programme (TTP) which focuses “European sentiment in Turkey among opinion-shapers and youth leaders”. This podcast delivered an overview of how EU-Turkey relations are depicted in European and Turkish media, and a discussion on the various EU funding opportunities for projects which could support journalists in their reporting and ultimately, become self-employed.

The discussion was moderated by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director, and features the comments and insights of Ms. Asli Ece Kocak  Media and Law Studies Association Editor and Project Coordinator.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Human Security in Central Asia

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Human Security in Central Asia

This ENC In-Depth podcast is part of ENC Podcast Central Asia Series dedicated to development in the five Central Asian republics in the fields of Security, Foreign Policy, Economy, Democracy and Education. This podcast is dedicated on human security in Central Asia and more specifically on internal migration and the privacy-security contradiction in Kyrgyzstan as well as police reform in Tajikistan.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Zhypariza Zhumagazieva and Bermet Zhumakadyr Kyzy from Kyrgyzstan and Muslimbek Buriev from Tajikistan, Research Fellows at the Europe-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM).

EUCAM-ENC Fellowship Programme 2019-2020: New Cycle of Fellows from Central Asia in Brussels

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EUCAM-ENC Fellowship Programme 2019-2020: New Cycle of Fellows from Central Asia in Brussels

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) in close cooperation with its long-lasting partner Europe-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) throughout 2018-19 supported the latter’s fellowship programme by hosting and training so far three groups of young Central Asian fellows in policy-oriented research and outreach in Brussels and it will continue to do so in 2019-20  as well. The fourth group, composed by Muslimbek Buriev (Tajikistan), Bermet Zhumakadyr kyzy (Kyrgyzstan) and Zhypariza Zhumagazieva (Kyrgyzstan) and a Ukrainian fellow Taras Yemchura visited Brussels from the 30th of September until the 4th of October to have meetings with representatives of EU institutions and experts dealing with Central Asia.

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The fellows started their week with an intense 3-hour training session by Tika Tsertsvadze (IPHR Advocacy Director/Gender Adviser) and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye (ENC Managing Director) on how the EU works, inter-institutional cooperation, the EU’s foreign policy, EU-Central Asia strategy and advocacy-related interactive tasks.

The following days the fellows had the chance to meet and exchange views with desk officers from the Central Asia Division at the European External Action Service (EEAS) and advisers from the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Amb. Peter Burian’s office. Among other things they discussed about the new EU Strategy for Central Asia, the EPCA with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and the role of the region in the EU’s sustainable connectivity strategy. On the latter topic, the meeting with connectivity advisers, Asad Beg and Marcin Kacperek and in-house experts on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Eva Gross, provided interesting views on the pros and cons for Central Asia and Afghanistan.

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In addition to unlocking the workings of the EU, our fellows find out ways to access funding for civil society organisations. European Endowment for Democracy (EED),  a grant-giving organisation supported by EU member-states, hosted our young fellows and informed them about their mandate, how they operate and what kind of projects they finance.

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Along with their networking activities, Bermet, Zhypariza and Muslimbek presented their research – part of their fellowship programme –  in order to get feedback and guidance to the Central Asia Coordination Group in Brussels, composed by NGOs/think tanks such as, OSEPI, IPHR, ILGA Europe and Human Rights Watch. Bermet had the chance to discuss her research project about privacy and security and the impact of Chinese-imported monitoring technology in Kyrgyzstan with Maria Karampela, Doctoral Researcher on Data, GDPR and Privacy at IT University of Copenhagen.

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The agenda included among other things a short tour at the European Parliament and a brief meeting with newly elected MEP Niklas Nienass with the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance and DCAS member.

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The group continues the work based in Groningen and will be back to Brussels during the week of 11-15 November in order to present their research findings during a closed doors (invitation only) roundtable discussion at the European Endowment for Democracy on the 12th of November. Save the date and stay tuned for more ENC research, events and podcasts regarding developments in Central Asia.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Engaging enclaves in Central Asia

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Engaging enclaves in Central Asia

This ENC In-Depth podcast is part of ENC Podcast Central Asia Series dedicated to development in the five Central Asian republics in the fields of Security, Foreign Policy, Economy, Democracy and Education. This podcast focuses on the issue of enclaves in Central Asia. The discussion revolves around the key question of what kind of problems do enclaves cause, how the authorities in the region can deal with them and what are the lessons learnt from enclaves in Europe.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Khurshid Zafari, Research Fellow at the Europe-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM).

 

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Climate Change Challenges and Solutions for Turkey

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This ENC In-Depth podcast is part of ENC’s Future Values Training Programme “European Sentiment in Turkey among opinion-shapers and youth leaders and focuses on climate change challenges in Turkey as well as mitigation and adaptation solutions.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Tugba Agacayak, Project Coordinator at TEMA Foundation.

The podcast transcript is available in Turkish below:

  Türkiye İçin Ä°klim DeÄŸiÅŸikliÄŸi Problemleri ve Çözümleri