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CONF./CFP- Post-Soviet State and Nation Building in the Caucasus Region, Yerevan, April 17–19, 2009

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CONF./CFP- Post-Soviet State/Nation Building in Caucasus, Yerevan, April 17–19

Posted by: Alexander Markarov <>

Call for Papers

Post-Soviet State and Nation Building in the Caucasus Region:
Challenges and Perspectives

April 17­19, 2009
Yerevan, Armenia

At the age of the centuries the world had witnessed the raise of newly
independent states in the postsoviet region, that paralleled with
various local conflicts, struggling for democracy, economic decline,
formation of new system of relations between states based on various
geopolitical orientations, appearing of new geopolitical actors, and
seeking of new identities.

Countries of South Caucasus also passed through all the above
mentioned processes. Still there are peculiarities which are typical
only for South Caucasian countries:

1. Increase of national identity and as a result the conflicts in
which all nations are involved, and conflicts are not yet resolved
2. The presence in the region of various old and new international and
regional actors and their divergent geopolitical interests.
3. Various economic programs of regional significance (mainly in
energetic and transport fields).
4. Challenges and struggling within democracy-building process, color
revolutions, and development of soft authoritarian systems.

This transitional process has brought to the fore questions of
constitution building, the formation of new political institutions, the
creation of market economies, and in some cases the need for the
resolution of ethno-national conflicts. This conference seeks to provide
analysis of institution formation and development in the post-Soviet
countries from a comparative and historical perspective, combining
both case studies and broad comparative analysis.

These questions are important from political point of view that is why
they need serious political analysis.

The workshop seeks to answer the following issues and questions:

- How would the processed develop in the coming years of the 21st century?
- Will those problems be solved, or will they be deepened?
- What new developments can occur?

In addition the following points are of great importance:
1. Conflict resolution and regional stability.
2. Choice of security systems and possible geopolitical results.
3. Possible regime trajectories and possibilities for democratic
development in the wider region
4. Prospects of European integration, opening of the borders,
economic, political and cultural integration.
5. The role of European Union, Russia and the USA in the formation of
stability in the region.

Please submit the abstracts (no more than 500 words) and brief CV by 1
December 2009 via email to:, addressed to:

Dr. Alexander Markarov, Associate Professor of Political Science,
Head, YSU International Cooperation Office and
Prof. John Davis, University of Connecticut, Director of Center for
European Studies, tel 860 486 5888, fax 860 486 2963, email

Selected participants to be informed by 15 January 2009.

The full text of papers will be due by 5 April 2009.
Papers to be between 4,000 and 8,000 words submitted as Word files.
Please, append them with your brief scholarly biography of 150 words
with your institutional affiliation, and email or regular address.

Contributions in English, Armenian, and Russian are welcome.

Participation of junior scholars from the region is particularly encouraged.

It is expected that the conference papers will be published as an
edited volume. The possible publication date of the volume: Summer 2009.

We will appreciate circulating this call for papers among your colleagues.

For additional information please contact

Dr. Alexander Markarov,
E-mail:; phone: (+374-10) 550­612;
fax (+374-10) 55-46-41, or

Prof. John Davis,
University of Connecticut, Director of Center for European Studies,
tel 860 486 5888, fax 860 486 2963, email:

Alexander Markarov
Candidate of Philosophical Sciences
Deputy Vice Rector and
Head, International Cooperation Office
Associate Professor of Political Science

Yerevan State University
1 Alex Manoogian Street
0025 Yerevan, Armenia
Phone: (+374-10) 55-06-12
Fax: (+374-10) 55-46-41

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