EPPC 2018, Borders In Transition, April 13-15th.
Borders, security and the nation-state
Conventional wisdom, or more controversially, populist parties, suggest that borders improve stability. However in some cases, do borders impede our ability to solve problems, and instead, foster instability? How do we balance the rights of sovereign states and the tendency to turn inward during times of crisis with the need for international cooperation?
Technology and the removal of borders
Technology has allowed for the rapid removal of borders in a variety of sectors and radically altered the way the state, civil society, the market interact. It has also created new, more complex borders outside the traditional paradigm which raise new questions regarding law, authority, and privacy. Does technology foster greater interaction with people we otherwise would not encounter?
Borders within society
While tacitly felt, borders within society are often far harder to identify and are frequently outside our perspective. Barriers between classes, urban-rural divides, and the specifics of culture and identity create divisions that impact all domains of society. Failure to acknowledge and respond to these divides can have profound societal and political consequences -- often borne out through the results of elections. How do we identify these borders and lessen the gaps that divide us?
The European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) has existed since 2008, when founder Timothy Reno of the International Policy Leadership Institute (IPLI) first hosted it. Since then, the event has been organized annually by first-year master candidates at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Each year they aim to explore a new public policy area by bringing together scholars, stakeholders, and students with a variety of perspectives. The EPPC has been hosted in nine different countries, including its debut in Athens. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the conference will take place this year in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Sofia, Bulgaria as the organizing committee sets out to explore the topic Borders in Transition.
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Martin Kerntopf completed his studies in political science with a focus on internal relations at the University of Jena and is currently a Fellow of the DFG funded International Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands," at the University of Greifswald. Martin is currently researching on the normative influence of regional intergovernmental organizations on state borders under consideration of crises and conflicts. His research interests cover topics such as inter-organizational networks in the Baltic Sea Region, norm based cooperation in the South China Sea, and the role of narratological signaling in international relations.
Anna Krasteva is a Professor of Political Sciences at the New Bulgarian University, founder and director of Centre for Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies (CERMES) and doctor honoris causa of University Lille 3, France. She is editor-in-chief of Southeastern Europe (Brill), member of the editorial boards of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (Routledge), and Europeana (Shangai and Paris). Her recent publications include: If Borders Did Not Exist, Euroscepticism Would Have Invented Them, or on Post-Communist Re/De/Re/Bodering in Bulgaria. GeoPolitics, 2017); Lines, spaces, borders: images and imaginaries. In: Chiara Brambilla, Jussi Laine James W. Scott Gianluca Bocchi (eds).
Nenad Stefanov is Historian and scientific coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Border Research “Crossing Borders” at the Humboldt University Berlin. Specializing on the history of Southeastern Europe he participated from 2011-2017 in the competence network “Phantom-Borders in East-Central Europe” at the chair for the History of Southeastern Europe at HU Berlin. His latest book is about the creation of borders in the Balkans since the 19th century: “The invention of borders in the Balkans. From late Ottoman region to nation state-peripheries: Pirot und Caribrod 1856–1989, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017.” Other important fields of interests are History of Ideas, Comparative and Microhistory.
Naoum Kaytchev is Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary History of the Balkans and chair of the Department of Balkan and Byzantine History in the Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, Bulgaria. His main research interests are concerned with late modern and contemporary history of Macedonia and with nineteenth century intellectual and social history of Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria, with main focus on problems of nation-building and nationalism, as well as on history of education and textbook research. He has been involved in the Bulgarian diplomatic service and has served as Consul General of Bulgaria in Toronto, Canada from 1999 to 2002, and in Bitola, Republic of Macedonia from 2007 to 2010.
Bahar Mahzari co-founded CUBE together with four fellow young women after organizing a European policy forum for two consecutive years. She did her Bachelors at the Liberal Arts College in Maastricht in the Netherlands and is currently doing research on municipalism and urban activism in Beirut in Lebanon for her Master thesis. She has previously worked in the non-formal education sector in Lebanon focusing mainly on peace-building and communal reconciliation efforts in the post-war era. Her interest in non-formal education and experiences in anti-racism activism build the core for her personal motivation to co-create CUBE.
Roman Beck is Professor at the BusinessIT department at IT University of Copenhagen. He is Head of the Technology, Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship (TIME) research group and Head of the European Blockchain Center and Blockchain Summer School. Roman is Head of the Danish ISO TC 307 Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology standardization group and convenor of ISO TC 307 SG7 Blockchain governance standardization.
Inga Kristina Trauthig is a Research Fellow at ICSR and PhD candidate in War Studies at King’s College London. Her current research focuses on limitations of Westphalian approaches to statehood in the MENA region concentrating on the role of Islamist non-state actors in Libya. She holds an MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the University of Wuerzburg and the University of Texas at Austin. The German Academic Exchange Service and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation supported her studies. She is a member of the working Committee on Terrorism and Internal Security of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Fellow of the Atlantic Initiative. Her fields of expertise are political and security dynamics of the geographic area of the MENA region.
Nick Vaughan-Williams is Professor of International Security and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick, UK. His research focuses on the international politics of border security, the changing nature and location of borders, and the lived impact of bordering practices from the perspectives of ‘irregular’ migrants and citizens in contemporary Europe. He is author of Europe’s Border Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2015, 2017) and Border Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2009, 2012) (Gold Winner, Association for Borderlands Studies Book Award); and co-author of Everyday Security Threats (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Critical Security Studies (Routledge, 2010, 2015). He holds the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Politics and International Studies in support of a project for which he is Principal Investigator, entitled ‘Everyday Narratives of European Border Security and Insecurity’ (2016-19).
Nadya Stoynova comes from Sofia, where she now works as an Analyst at the Security Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy and focuses on issues of radicalisation, corruption, human trafficking and organised crime. During her academic career she has worked on a number of other subjects such as international and national drug policy and law, organized crime in Russia and Bulgaria, and international relations in the realm of collective security organisations. Other important fields of interests are power configurations on both the international and domestic stages. She holds a Bachelor in International Relations and International Organizations, as well as a Master in International Security from the University of Groningen, and also a Master in Global Criminology from the University of Utrecht.
Katharine Quinn-Judge joined Crisis Group in June 2017. She researches opportunities for the peaceful reintegration of the occupied territories in Donbas, as well as the long-term conflict implications of high-level corruption in Ukraine. Previously, she worked as a Russia and Eurasia Program researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as a consultant for peace building and community safety initiatives for Saferworld in Bishkek and Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
Liliya Dragoeva is an Analyst with the Sociological Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy and is engaged in projects related to migration and trafficking in human beings, social inclusion of vulnerable groups and human rights. Her interests include migration, integration, education, citizenship and gender studies. Liliya has been a long-term volunteer and youth worker in a number of youth organizations and NGOs working in the field of non-formal education and youth policies. Since 2016, Liliya has been actively engaged as LGBTI activist. In the fall of 2017 Liliya was invited to join the staff of the LGBTI organization "Bilitis Resource Center Foundation" as Executive Director. In 2018, Liliya has undertaken the position of Coordinator at Sofia Pride Committee. Furthermore, Liliya is the coordinator for Sofia Pride Sports - a series of sports events preceding Sofia Pride.
Jessica Bither is a senior program officer for migration based in GMF's Berlin office where she works on migration-related programing and analysis concerning foreign policy and migration, labor market migration, refugee policies, and integration issues. She leads the Integration Strategy Group, an expert exchange with migration policymakers and key stakeholders from Morocco, Turkey, and Germany. She was a member of the advisory board of the Federal Foreign Office for the Global Forum for Migration and Development. Her prior work experience includes work for the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, and for Crédit Agricole Structured Asset Management in New York City, where she was head of business development for the Alternative Investment Research division. Jessica holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Free University and Humboldt University of Berlin, and a bachelor’s in international studies from Vassar College.