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CONF./CFP- Shanghai Cooperation Org., Ekaterinburg, June 13-18, 2009

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CONF./CFP- Shanghai Cooperation Org., Ekaterinburg, June 13-18, 2009

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Call For Papers

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization - Actor of Conflict Prevention
in Central Asia? - Summer Academy in Ekaterinburg, Russia,
June 13-18, 2009

Together with the Ural State University in Ekaterinburg and the
Lectureship Program of the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Helmut
Schmidt University in Hamburg is inviting young scientists from
Central Asia, Russia, China and Germany to apply for the 2009 summer
academy "The Shanghai Cooperation Organization - actor of conflict
prevention in Central Asia?", lasting from June 13 through 18.


This years summit conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
(SCO) is taking place in Ekaterinburg/ Russia by the mid of June. The
SCO, comprising Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as
well as China and Russia, was founded in June 2001 with the objective
of fighting extremism, terrorism and separatism and to provide for
security and stability in the region of Central Asia. This
conference offers an adequate platform to discuss and analyze the
role of the SCO in terms of conflict prevention and management.

We are inviting young scientists from Central Asia, Russia and China
as well as from Germany to participate in the Summer Academy "The
Shanghai Cooperation Organization - An Actor of Conflict Prevention
in Central Asia?", taking place in Yekaterinburg from 13th till 18th
June - coinciding with the SCO summit meeting - to discuss the
potentials and perspectives of the SCO particularly with regard to
conflict management and stabilization in Central Asia.

The assumption, that regional cooperation can help to deal with
conflicts and to promote their solution is represented particularly
by the EU and forms the basis of the summer university. Being often
dismissed on the part of Western states, on the regional level the
SCO still represents the only institutionalized semi-functioning
cooperation structure in Central Asia.

For this reason, we are defining the SCO as a regional actor: The
Summer University will discuss the SCO's possibilities in terms of
conflict prevention as well as its constraints for the management of
conflicts, likewise determined by the organization's comprehension of
security and its respective concepts.

How can conflict resolution in Central Asia look like? Which aspects
should regional cooperation involve in order to reduce potentials of
escalation - and to what extent does the SCO match these demands?
What are the possibilities of the organization in Central Asia, which
constraints does the SCO face? To what extent does the organization
itself promote tensions in the region? And on which conditions might
the SCO emerge as an actor of conflict prevention in Central Asia?

The summer university's program combines interdisciplinary approaches
with interactive working methods. Lectures and short presentations of
the participants with the notion of knowledge transfer as well as
phases of workshops and discussions on certain issues are to be part
of the summer university's repertoire.

We'd like to invite young scientist from the SCO member states as
well as from Germany, who are doing research either on Central Asia
and its conflicts or on the SCO.

We welcome papers that broadly address the following issues:

* Models of conflict analyses, theories of conflict resolution
* Areas of conflict in Central Asia (ecological dimension,
religious-cultural dimension, governance, terrorism etc.)
* Regional cooperation in Central Asia (internal and external actors)
* Architecture of Central Asia's security
* SCO: development, objectives, security concepts and instruments
* Perspectives of Central Asian States, Russia and China on the SCO
* Western perspectives on the SCO
* EU's policy towards Central Asia

A publication of the papers and results of the summer academy is
planned. Currently we are applying for funding in order to bear the
participants expenses.

If you wish to take part at the Summer Academy and present a paper,
please email a short proposal and a short biographical note to by April 25th 2009.

The proposal shall be written in the Word-format.

For further information contact:

Ivonne Bollow, Lector of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Ekaterinburg
August Pradetto, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg (
Maria Guzikova, Ural State University, Ekaterinburg (

Ivonne Bollow
Lecturer of the Robert Bosch Foundation
Faculty of International Relations
Ural State University
Prospekt Lenina 51
620083 Ekaterinburg

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