About

Caucasus as one of the most important regions on earth, strategically, covers 440.000 km2 from Taman Peninsula to Absheron Peninsula, from Don and Kumar Rivers to Aras River and Kars Plateau. The region is between Don River in north and Aras River in south and Caucasus is home to the Caucasus Mountains, the Greater Caucasus and the Lesser Caucasus.
Caucasus is in the crossroads between north and south and east and west. It starts with inner Russia and spreads out towards Anatolia, Middle East; so it has the old trade roots. The old Silk Road which ties China to Europe is on Caucasus. Caucasus is also an intersection point of energy transportation which is highly important for today’s world.
The main determinant of the region is its multicultural structure. Caucasus is the homeland of different ethnicities. It is one of the rare regions on earth because of the diversity of language and religion.
Because of the geostrategic importance, Caucasus seemed attractive to Huns, Arabs, Mongolians, Ottomans, Persians and Russians. Power struggles over Caucasus in the history affected and shaped the region politically and culturally. Diversity of ethnicities is also affected from these power struggles.
Caucasus can be separated into two regions: North and South Caucasus. North Caucasus includes Adygea, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia, North Ossetia, Ingushetia and Chechnya which are territories of Russia. South Caucasus covers Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
Caucasus faced newly independent states and new balance of power emerging from the collapse of Soviet Union. This affected both the countries of the region and the ones which have interests regarding the region. In today’s world Caucasus have a privilege on international affairs because of its rich resources, geopolitical position, geostrategic importance, multicultural structure and ethnic conflicts. The region is also important on the grounds of global security.
“The Silk Road Project”, “Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan Pipeline”, “Baku–Tbilisi–Erzurum gas line”, “Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railroad”, “TRACECA”, “INOGATE” etc. increases the role and the importance of the Caucasus. Because the region is close to the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, this makes it priceless.
After the collapse of Soviet Union, a vacuum of power emerged in the region. This vacuum makes regional and global powers to follow foreign policies to control the region.
Turkey, as a principle of mutual respect and independency in domestic affairs, aims to diversify and improve the relations with the regions’ countries. Therefore, Turkey hopes to contribute on construction of peace, security and stability in the region by increasing cooperation.
Turkey’s foreign policy approach on Caucasus gives much attention to the consolidation of the region states’ independences, protecting territorial integrity and increasing economical potential. Turkey also support them in membership to the Euro-Atlantic organizations.
Unresolved and ongoing conflicts in the region continue to be a major threat to both to the region itself and to the Eurasia. Turkey believes that to the conflicts of the Caucasus can be found peaceful solutions. So economic prosperity and political stability can be achieved and further developments in the region can be possible.
Because of all these reasons, with the purposes of achieving and maintaining peace, security and stability in the Caucasus we found that it will be a great experience and opportunity to organize International Caucasia Congress, Kocaeli University as a host and with the partnerships of Eurasian National University, Bilgesam and Caucasia International.

The Congress which will be held in 26 – 27th of April, Kocaeli University Umuttepe Campus will contribute to our relations on state level and university level. We look forward to your papers.

 

 

 

 

GOALS

International Caucasia Congress pursues following goals:

 

  • Analyzing the current security problems in the Caucasus
  • UN, NATO, EU approaches on security in Caucasus and the affects of these approaches
  • Analyzing the role of Turkey on ensuring the stability and the peace in the Caucasus
  • Developing strategies for fighting against organized crime, illegal immigration and terror in Caucasus
  • Protection of region’s cultural heritage
  • New investment opportunities in Caucasus
  • Conflict analysis and resolution in Caucasus
  • Examining dialog and cooperation processes of NATO and EU towards Caucasus
  • USA’s foreign policy on Caucasus
  • Russia’s foreign policy on Caucasus
  • EU’s foreign policy on Caucasus
  • China’s foreign policy on Caucasus
  • Turkey’s foreign policy on Caucasus
  • Iran’s foreign policy on Caucasus
  • US Peace Forces in Caucasus
  • Population, climate change, urbanization, industrialization and their consequences in Caucasus
  • Oil and Gas reserves of the Caucasus
  • Energy transportation lines and their protection in Caucasus
  • Ethnic structure of Caucasus and its effects
  • Diversity of language in Caucasus and its effects
  • Policies of Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
  • Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Pact and its future
  • OSCE Minsk Group
  • Internal displaced people and immigrants in Caucasus
  • Caucasus diasporas in the world

 

METHODOLOGY

Academicians and researchers from different countries will present their papers in the Congress. Each session will be 90 minutes with five speakers so each speaker will have 15 minutes to present their papers. There will be also 15 minutes Q&A at the end of the sessions.
Sessions will be both in English and Turkish. Abstracts have to be sent to arda.ercan@kocaeli.edu.tr or bilge.hamarat@kocaeli.edu.tr till 09 March 2012 Friday. They also have to be less than 200 words and written in an academic language. Accepted papers are to be announced in 19 March 2012 Monday and full texts have to be send till 20 April 2012 Friday.

 

PAPERS

 

There will be given a USB flash disk which has all the abstracts of the papers of the Congress to the participants. Furthermore, full texts of the papers will be published after the Congress.

 

 

FACILITIES

 
    • Simultaneous translation in Turkish-English (Main Hall)
    • Lunch and dinner for participants and speakers
    • Transportation services from Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Kocaeli
    • Accommodation and transportation
    • Badge and Certificate
    • Briefcase
    •  USB flash disk
    • Power point, projection etc. facilities.

    P.S: All transportation and accommodation expenses will be covered by the participants
    There will be %30 or %40 discounts for participants according to agreements between university and hotels

 

PARTICIPATION FEE

 

The participation fee is € 50 or its equivalent in Turkish Lira (TL) and shall be transferred to the bank accounts provided below:

You can pay until 09 April 2012 Monday.

TL ACCOUNT:

TL
TC ISBANK KOCAELİ ÜNİVERSİTESİ ŞUBESİ

KOU ULUSLARARASI KAFKASYA

2407 502332

IBAN TR

TR54 0006 4000 0012 4070 5023 32

EURO ACOUNT

Euro Account
TC ISBANK KOCAELİ ÜNİVERSİTESİ REKTÖRLÜK

2407 0030528

IBAN EURO

TR05 0006 4000 0022 4070 0305 28

 

FEE / PAY WITH PAYPAL
55 EURO  

 

 PLACE

Kocaeli University Prof. Dr. Baki Komsuoğlu International Culture and Congress Centre,

Umuttepe , 41380 – KOCAELİ / TURKEY

 

 

Date

26-27 April 2012

 

 

 

 

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