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CALL FOR PAPERS: SECURITY ARCHITECTURE IN THE CEE: PRESENT THREATS AND PROSPECTS FOR COOPERATION

2015-03-20 Institute News
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Call for papers

20th Annual Conference of Central European Political Science Association

Security Architecture in the CEE: Present Threats and Prospects for Cooperation

25 – 26 September 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

Organized by the Central European Political Science Association;

in cooperation with the Institute of Political Science and International Relations, Vilnius University;

and the Lithuanian Political Science Association

2014 sees the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – a tragedy, which, in words of Alan Kramer, resulted in “the most extensive cultural devastation and mass killing Europe since the Thirty Years War”. This commemoration should have been a perfect occasion for both political leaders and academics to reaffirm the new reality, in which peace, security and defence challenges were entirely different to that of the 20th century.

Even though the argument of Francis Fukuyama, which could be summarized as the triumph of the West, of the Western idea, with total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism, was quickly rebutted, it seemed that the Europe as a region at least moved into that direction. As the end of the Cold War provided a new security environment in Europe, the Western world quickly embraced the Central and Eastern European countries by giving them NATO and the European Union membership, which resulted in a remarkable transition from soviet-type planned economy and Communist dictatorship to market economy and democracy. The success story of Central and Eastern Europe created conditions for a spread of post-modern security challenges, such as environmental issues, as they become dominant in both theory and political practice in most of the Western European countries; furthermore, initiatives, such as a more advanced role for the EU in the process of transformation of Eastern neighbourhood, gained prominence. Yet for Central and Eastern Europe the challenges remain rather different. They are of internal and external character.

In spite of membership in the EU and NATO, political systems of these countries are sensitive to economic breakdowns, such as the financial crisis of 2008. Moreover, due to rather low quality of democracy and governance in the region, the very political stability of these countries is rather fragile and thus should be of essential concern. The situation of ethnic minorities and their wellbeing have also been a key issue in many cases. Furthermore, the region neither has sufficient infrastructural links to the West in order to have diversified energy resources, nor enough practicable security guarantees by NATO, which would end the asymmetry of security of different Alliance regions. Finally, given growing tensions in the region, the governments of Central and Eastern Europe have to consider significantly increasing their own military expenditure. While it may trigger certain budgetary tensions, the question of civil-military relations becomes more politically salient as well.

Looking at the external side, the events in Ukraine proved that military conflicts remain a real possibility in Europe. Russia’s actions towards Ukraine could be considered as a fundamental challenge to the overall security architecture in Europe. It also showed that the core security issues of Central and Eastern Europe had not been dealt properly. Escalation of so-called “hybrid war” has revealed that the CEE countries are vulnerable to the scenarios similar to that of Ukraine. Much more attention for informational and cyber security matters thus should be paid. Moreover, Europe is still dependent on the Russian gas, while in many CEE countries Russian gas companies have a monopoly. Ultimately, the capacities of international structures such as the EU and NATO to cope with these security challenges have to be closely assessed. On the same time, strengthening cooperation within and between such structures may be instrumental for ensuring peace and prosperity in the region and beyond it.  

Last but not least, it is the 20th anniversary since the first conference of Central European Political Science Association has been organized. Therefore, there is a unique opportunity to reflect evolution and the current state of political science in the region. In particular, it is worth considering how studies of political processes in Central and Eastern Europe during the last two decades have contributed to empirical and normative understanding of politics both within and beyond the region. One may recall, for instance, how the post-communist transformation and its research complemented the general democratisation theory in the past. Against the background of current international upheavals, the political significance of the region has not decreased in any way. Due to its peculiar geopolitical position, its political theorising may have an important input for general perception of international security as well as of other core political phenomena.

Therefore, a broad range of topics is suggested, which cover international relations, comparative politics and other sub-disciplines of political science:

  • Economic crisis and its security implications;
  • Populism and Political Radicalism in CEE;
  • Minority politics in Central and Eastern Europe;
  • Challenges of energy security
  • Military-civil relations in CEE democracies
  • Russia’s place in European security architecture;
  • NATO beyond 2014;
  • NATO enlargement: possibilities for Ukraine and Georgia;
  • Complexities of informational wars
  • Cybersecurity issues in CEE;
  • Co-operation between the EU and NATO in security matters;
  • The presence and challenges for the EU Eastern Partnership policy;
  • Relevance of post-modern security challenges in CEE region;
  • Significance of CEE security studies for international politics;
  • Contribution of CEE political research for general theory;
  • Current issues of normative political theory in CEE.

The mentioned list of sub-themes or/and panels is surely not comprehensive. While participants are especially invited to respond to the conference theme, proposals on other aspects of Central European politics will be considered as well. The conference is open to the researchers from all the countries with the interest in Central European affairs.

The academic program for the conference will be organized in the usual format of panels. Each panel should comprise four to five papers plus chair. We welcome individual paper proposals and / or complete panel proposals as well.

The tasks for a panel chair include:

  • proposing a panel around a theme;
  • maintaining a balance between established and new-coming scholars, and postgraduate students;
  • maintaining a balance with regards to the national affiliation of panelist (up to two panel members from the same national political science association)

 

Proposals for panels should include: 

  • Name, institutional affiliation and email address of the proposed panel chair.
  • Proposed panel title and summary of its theme (approx. 250 words + up to 5 keywords).
  • Tentative indication of possible panelists including their names, institutional affiliation and email addresses

The closing date for panel proposals is midnight CET on 31st of March 2015.

Proposal for papers should include:

  • Name, institutional affiliation and email address of the proposed contributor.
  • Proposed paper title and summary of its theme (approx. 250 words + up to 5 keywords).
  • Proposed panel where the paper could be placed (if known)

The closing deadline for paper proposals is midnight CET on 8th of May 2015.

 

The proposals should be sent to liutauras.gudzinskas@tspmi.vu.lt.

Program Committee of the conference:

  • Liutauras Gudžinskas, Lithuanian Political Science Association, Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (program chair)
  • Daniel Bartha, Hungarian Political Science Association, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy
  • Miro Haček, Slovenian Political Science Association, University of Ljubljana
  • Vít Hloušek, Czech Political Science Association, Masaryk University
  • Tomas Janeliūnas, Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science
  • Agnieszka Kasińska-Metryka, Polish Political Science Association, Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce
  • Jūratė Novagrockienė, The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
  • Andžej Pukšto, Vytautas Magnus University
  • Deividas Šlekys, Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science

Financial issues:

  • the conference fee is not required
  • the organizers do not cover the travel costs
  • the organizers will reimburse the accommodation costs for app. 20 active participants of the conference based on the selection within the national association (2 persons from each of CEPSA national associations, each person 2 nights) + Senior Presidents
  • the organizers are prepared to help to all participants in search for accommodation

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