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ΣΥΜΠΟΣΙΟ ΜΕ ΘΕΜΑ: «ΣΥΓΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ ΑΞΙΟΛΟΓΗΣΗ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΑΚΩΝ ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΩΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΕ ΚΑΙ ΤΙΣ ΗΠΑ»

Πέμπτη, 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

09:15 – 20:15

Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας

 

 

Tο Κέντρο ΕυρωπαÏŠκÏŽν και ΔιεθνÏŽν Υποθέσεων του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας, σε συνεργασία με ιδρύματα απÏŒ ΗΠΑ και Ιταλία, διοργανÏŽνει ΣυμπÏŒσιο με θέμα «ΣΥΓΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ ΑΞΙΟΛΟΓΗΣΗ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΑΚΩΝ ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΩΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΕ ΚΑΙ ΤΙΣ ΗΠΑ». Το ΣυμπÏŒσιο είναι το δεύτερο που διοργανÏŽνεται στα πλαίσια του προγράμματος «Δίκτυο ΟμοσπονδιακÏŽν ΜελετÏŽν και Άλλων ΜορφÏŽν Διακυβέρνησης σε Διεθνικά και Πολυεθνικά Κράτη», το οποίο χρηματοδοτείται απÏŒ το Ίδρυμα  ΠροÏŽθησης Έρευνας.

 

Τις εργασίες του Συμποσίου θα ανοίξει ο Καθηγητής Ανδρέας Θεοφάνους, και θα ακολουθήσουν τρεις θεματικές ενÏŒτητες ÏŒπου οι ομιλητές απÏŒ το Κέντρο και απÏŒ τα ιδρύματα εταίρους θα παρουσιάσουν τις εργασίες τους/καταθέσουν τις εισηγήσεις τους. Η  πρÏŽτη ενÏŒτητα αφορά «Προσεγγίσεις για τις προοπτικές της ομοσπονδιοποίησης της ΕΕ» και ομιλητές θα είναι ο Επίκουρος Καθηγητής ΔιεθνÏŽν Σχέσεων στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, ΓιÏŽργος Κέντας, ο Καθηγητής Νομικής και πρÏŒεδρος του Τμήματος Νομικής στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, Αχιλλέας Αιμιλιανίδης, και η Επίκουρος Καθηγήτρια ΕυρωπαÏŠκής Πολιτικής στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, Χριστίνα Ιωάννου.

 

Η δεύτερη ενÏŒτητα του Συμποσίου έχει ως θέμα την «Σύγκριση και αντιπαράθεση συγκεκριμένων τομέων στην ΕΕ και τις ΗΠΑ» με ομιλητές τον Επίκουρο Καθηγητή Διακυβέρνησης, Διεθνούς Δικαίου και ΔιεθνÏŽν Σχέσεων στο Τμήμα Νομικής στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, Οδυσσέα Χρίστου και τον Επίκουρο Καθηγητή στο Πανεπιστήμιο της ΒερÏŒνα και ΑνÏŽτερο ΕρευνητικÏŒ Συνεργάτη στη EURAC, Matteo Nicolini. Στα πλαίσια αυτά θα καταθέσει τις θέσεις του για το ΚυπριακÏŒ και ο ΠρÏŒεδρος του Συμβουλίου του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας, Δρ. Νίκος Περιστιάνης.

 

Η τρίτη ενÏŒτητα του Συμποσίου έχει ως θέμα τις «Θεωρητικές Προσεγγίσεις για το ΟμοσπονδιακÏŒ Σύστημα: Μία εκτίμηση των ΕΠΑ και της ΕΕ». Ομιλητές σε αυτήν την ενÏŒτητα θα είναι ο Διευθυντής του Τμήματος ΠολιτικÏŽν ΕπιστημÏŽν, στο Rutgers UniversityCamden, New Jersey των ΗΠΑ, Καθηγητής G. Alan Tarr, ο Καθηγητής Κοινωνιολογίας στο Τμήμα ΕυρωπαÏŠκÏŽν ΣπουδÏŽν και ΔιεθνÏŽν Σχέσεων, Πρύτανης, στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, Μιχάλης Ατταλίδης, και ο Καθηγητής Πολιτικής Οικονομίας στο Τμήμα ΕυρωπαÏŠκÏŽν ΣπουδÏŽν και ΔιεθνÏŽν Σχέσεων στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, Ανδρέας Θεοφάνους. Μετά απÏŒ κάθε ενÏŒτητα θα ακολουθήσει συζήτηση και στο τέλος θα δοθούν καταληκτικά σχÏŒλια. Το Κέντρο επιδιÏŽκει να συμβάλει στην κατανÏŒηση των ζητημάτων αυτÏŽν ÏŒχι μÏŒνο σε ακαδημαÏŠκÏŒ επίπεδο αλλά και ταυτÏŒχρονα να έχει πρακτικές εισηγήσεις.

 

ΣημειÏŽνεται ÏŒτι οι πρωινές ενÏŒτητες του Συμποσίου θα λάβουν χÏŽρα στην αίθουσα συνεδριάσεων Μ106, κτίριο Millennium, 1ος ÏŒροφος του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας, ενÏŽ η απογευματινή σύνοδος του Συμποσίου θα λάβει χÏŽρα στο αμφιθέατρο UNESCO, κτίριο Europa του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας.  Η γλÏŽσσα του Συμποσίου θα είναι η Αγγλική.

 

 

 


 

 

SYMPOSIUM ON

‘ISSUES OF POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE IN BIETHNIC, MULTIETHNIC AND DIVIDED STATES’

Network for Federal Studies and Governance

in Biethnic and Multiethnic States

 

The Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs (CCEIA) in cooperation with the partner institutions from the U.S., Italy and Serbia, organized on the 18th of November 2013 a Symposium on “Issues of Politics and Governance in Biethnic, Multiethnic and Divided States. The Symposium was organized in the framework of the project “Network for Federal Studies and Governance in Biethnic and Multiethnic States” co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund in the context of the RPF  2009 – 2010.

The proceedings of the symposium were opened by Professor Andreas Theophanous. He highlighted the importance of the development of the Network and the goals of the project for Cyprus and beyond; this includes projecting values such as peaceful and creative co-existence, democratic governance and tolerance in the broader region. Furthermore, Professor Theophanous underlined the importance of the project for Cyprus as a country which is facing the challenge of reintegration and reestablishment of its unity. Furthermore, he noted the broader importance of the Network in an era of several regional and global challenges.

Two thematic sessions followed where speakers from the Center and its partner institutions presented their work. The first section concerned the "Theoretical Approaches" on the issue and speakers were:

• H.E. Professor Albert Maes, President of the Board of ECPD Belgrade, who talked on “Managing multi ethnicity in post-world War II Europe: the European Union as an attempt to organize multi-ethnic government: achievements and shortcomings”. H.E. Prof. Maes referred to the post WW II situation Europe and the need and the effort to organize multi-ethnic government under a European Union. He discussed on the achievements and shortcomings of the achieved Union as well as on the difficulties and future that the latter is faced with and future perspectives. He further discussed that the basic answer lies with the EU; if it will be able to adapt itself to the new international economic environment, to its increased membership, and to the looming need to ensure a rightful place for Europe as one of the poles of a multipolar world;

• Assistant Professor Justin Log, Faculty of Law Wayne State University who talked on his joint paper with Prof. G.Alan Tarr Director, Center for State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, prepared for delivery at the Symposium on “Diversity and governance in the United States”. Dr. Log talked on America’s experience on governing bi-ethnic, multi-ethnic, and divided states and on that America has applied a set of political tools to address the problem of governing a multi-ethnic state, notably including symmetric federalism. Further he discussed that the limited asymmetry within the American federal system has been asymmetry from the top; and

• Assistant Professor of European Politics at the University of Nicosia, Christina Ioannou, who presented the theoretical results of a joint study with Associate Professor Achilles Emilianides on “Participation of federal states in the EU”.  Dr. Ioannou discussed   the complexities surrounding the participation of federal states in the EU and on the manner in which EU Member States in general, and federal states in particular, participate in the EU with the objective to cast light on the importance of national coordination. The main aim of their study is to segregate the various pressures faced by national governments in their attempts to coordinate and formulate EU policy internally and in extension, appreciate this challenge in the case of federal state arrangements, focusing on the challenges inherent in the participation of federal Members States in the EU.

The second session of the symposium was on "The Issues and Realities of Divided Societies” and speakers of this section were:

• Assistant Professor at the University of Verona and Senior Research Associate at EURAC, Matteo Nicolini who discussed his paper on “Accommodating divided societies through constituent units? A comparative survey over regional demarcation and territorial alteration”. In this respect, he argued that accommodation of divided societies through the creation of constituent units should be analysed within the broader context of federalism. He discussed that the establishment of ethnic-based units is crucial in federal and regional states, since such choice necessarily interrelates with the rationale of multinational federations – i.e., the governance of divided societies with the purpose of “holding together” diversity.  He concentrated on ‘legal geography’ as a principle of organization in multi- or bi-ethnic federal states and then considered the key-concepts related thereto: regional demarcation and territorial alteration;

• Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Nicosia, George Kentas, who presented his paper on “Compromising the state for achieving a federation? The case of Cyprus”. His paper juxtaposes the concept of state with the concept of federalism and examines whether these two concepts may hold together in the case of Cyprus. Dr. Kentas discussed that although at first instance the concept of federalism and the concept of state seem to be fairly compatible with one another, in the case of Cyprus a long attempted effort to establish a "bicommunal bizonal federation" (bbf) gives the impression that "state" and "federalism" are quite incommensurable. He further discussed that the literature on federalism shows that the prospect of success and/or failure of "federal state(s)" is susceptible to politics and vested interests and that It seems that politics and vested interests in (and around) Cyprus embed the process that aims to the establishment of a bbf into an abundance of problems. He concluded that unfortunately the lexicon of the Cyprus Problem is full of awkward neologisms that erode the basic foundations of a federal state for Cypriots and that lately, there is an effort to surrogate the concept of "federalism" with the concept of "consociationalism." Which seems to be equally problematic; and

• Lecturer of International Relations Officer Office of Erasmus University in Nicosia, Odysseas Christou, who presented his paper on “The bargaining framework for a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus conflict: A game – theoretic analysis”. Dr. Christou presented the general logic and applicability of game theory to the case study of Cyprus. The paper reviews past game theoretical analyses of the negotiating framework in the attempt to resolve the Cyprus conflict and ultimately introduces an alternative analysis of the failed 2004 referenda over the proposed Annan Plan as well as the current status of negotiations.

After the presentation of the work of the speakers, questions from the attendees were taken and a constructive dialogue followed. The event was attended also by diplomats, academics, researchers, students and the general public.

From the work presented and from the ensuing discussion, it resulted that while the issue of governance has always been a very important issue, since the Cold War it holds even greater importance, especially at transnational, multinational and divided states. Furthermore, concerning the future of Europe, the need for revision of the decision-making process on the basis of an effective, transparent, democratic and feasible model was highlighted. Special reference was made to the economic crisis in the Eurozone and the need for fundamental change in its current economic policy.

Unfortunately, H.E. Professor Albert Maes, had an accident at the airport of Brussels on his travelling to Cyprus which caused him further health problems so he had to be hospitalized during his stay in Cyprus and, sadly, shortly after his return to Brussels he passed away peacefully. Despite his injury, and having miscounted the importance of his condition, he insisted on travelling to Cyprus and participating at the Symposium, on which he made a very important contribution to its success with his suggestions, showing his zeal for contribution. H.E. Professor Albert Maes was a great person and a great personality. He was   President of the ECPD Executive Board, former ambassador and public servant for the European Commission and Professor at the University of Namur in Belgium. He will be greatly missed.

 

   

 

 


 

Network for Federal Studies and Governance

in Biethnic and Multiethnic States

Introduction

The Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs (CCEIA) is currently leading a project entitled “Network for Federal Studies and Governance in Biethnic and Multiethnic States” coordinated by Prof. Andreas Theophanous, President of the Center,  and funded by the Research Promotion Foundation. In the context of the project, the CEEIA is organizing on the 18th-19th of November 2013 an international symposium on “Issues of Politics and Governance in Biethnic, Multiethnic and Divided States” where speakers from the partner institutions are invited among others to present their work. More information on the symposium will be made available shortly.

In an effort to stimulate discussion on the issues involved this newsletter includes a number of short articles published on the bimonthly e-newsletter  “In Depth” in the past three years   (http://www.cceia.unic.ac.cy/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34&Itemid=44).    

 

Description of the Project

Issues of governance in biethnic and multiethnic states and societies have traditionally been a major theme in international politics. This theme has assumed greater importance and relevance following the end of the Cold War. The objective of this project is to create a network that forms the basis of a UNIT of Federal Studies and Governance in Biethnic and Multiethnic Societies (hereafter the UNIT) in order to examine these issues. The general objectives are to: (i) advance the study of federalism and governance in biethnic and multiethnic societies; (ii) transfer and combine theoretical and empirical knowledge from different countries and regions (i.e. US and Balkans); (iii) contribute to the study of issues of politics and governance in divided societies; and (iv) eventually evolve into an entity of international reputation and network capacity to bring together leading international scholars and think tanks. 

 

The UNIT will help achieve a range of goals in Cyprus and beyond; this includes projecting values such as peaceful co-existence, multiculturalism and democratic governance in the broader region. Methodologically, we will: (i) set up an International Academic Advisory Council (hereafter the IAAC) (ii) create the necessary administrative, technological and research infrastructure; (iii) network with similar institutions globally; (iv) invite leading international scholars to work with/at the UNIT for a specific period of time. The main activities of the UNIT will be: (i) research on issues of federalism and governance in biethnic and multiethnic states; (ii) networking and cooperation among scholars from various countries with the purpose of discussing relevant theoretical issues as well as case studies; and (iii) organization of symposia, conferences, round-table discussions and seminars. The anticipated results are: (i) academic and policy-oriented research publications; (ii) an enhanced understanding of federalism and governance of biethnic and multiethnic states (including Cyprus); (iii) a notable international reputation about the UNIT and its work, which will help promote the development of Cyprus into an international centre of excellence in the study of these issues. 

 

The benefits expected to accrue from this UNIT are: (i) the establishment of networks and practical ways of cooperation between academics from Cyprus and other countries; (ii) immense value to Cyprus in several ways; e.g. Cyprus as a country moving towards a federal model will find it of great usefulness; subsequently the UNIT will also project itself beyond Cyprus; (iii) an enhancement of the theoretical understanding and level of sophistication on issues pertinent to federal systems of government; (v) contribution to the discourse on the Cyprus problem (i.e. on the negotiated federal system of governance, issues of co-operation and co-existence) and transfer/dissemination of this knowledge to the broader region (Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus); and (vi) broader theoretical contribution on the subjects under study, which will be disseminated through the consortium’s publications, conferences and other activities.

The Consortium of the project is consisted of four; highly esteemed is this field, research institutions, with high reputation scientific experts. These institutions are:

·       the Center for State Constitutional Studies (USA) with Prof.  G.Alan Tarr, Dr. Aman L. McLeod and Prof.  Robert F. Williams;

·      Academia Europea Bolzano/EURAC (Italy) with Dr.  Francesco Palermo, Dr.  Jens Woelk and Dr. Carolin Zwilling;

·        the European Center for Peace and Development/ECPD (Serbia) with Prof. Yves-Rastimir Nedelijkovic and Prof.  Boško I. Bojović; and

·  the Host Organization, Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, with Prof. Andreas Theophanous, Dr. Giorgos Kentas, Dr. Christina Ioannou, Prof.   Tozun Bahcheli, Dr. Constantinos Adamides and Stephanie Christou.    

 

 

 


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ΣΥΜΠΟΣΙΟ ΜΕ ΘΕΜΑ: «ΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΑΚΥΒΕΡΝΗΣΗΣ ΣΕ ΔΙΕΘΝΙΚΑ, ΠΟΛΥΕΘΝΙΚΑ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΑΙΡΕΜΕΝΑ ΚΡΑΤΗ»

Δευτέρα, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Αμφιθέατρο UNESCO, Κτίριο Εuropa,

Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας

 

 

 

Tο Κέντρο ΕυρωπαÏŠκÏŽν και ΔιεθνÏŽν Υποθέσεων του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας, σε συνεργασία με ιδρύματα απÏŒ ΗΠΑ, Ιταλία και Σερβία, διοργανÏŽνει ΣυμπÏŒσιο με θέμα «Θέματα Πολιτικής και Διακυβέρνησης σε Διεθνικά, Πολυεθνικά και Διαιρεμένα Κράτη». Το ΣυμπÏŒσιο θα λάβει χÏŽρα στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, στο Αμφιθέατρο UNESCO, Κτίριο Εuropa, τη Δευτέρα 18 Νοεμβρίου 2013 απÏŒ τις 16:45 μέχρι τις 20:15. Το ΣυμπÏŒσιο διοργανÏŽνεται στα πλαίσια του προγράμματος «Δίκτυο ΟμοσπονδιακÏŽν ΜελετÏŽν και Άλλων ΜορφÏŽν Διακυβέρνησης σε Διεθνικά και Πολυεθνικά Κράτη», το οποίο χρηματοδοτείται απÏŒ το Ίδρυμα  ΠροÏŽθησης Έρευνας.

 

Τις εργασίες του Συμποσίου θα ανοίξει ο Καθηγητής Ανδρέας Θεοφάνους, και θα ακολουθήσουν δύο θεματικές ενÏŒτητες ÏŒπου οι ομιλητές απÏŒ το Κέντρο και απÏŒ τα ιδρύματα εταίρους θα παρουσιάσουν τις εργασίες τους/καταθέσουν τις εισηγήσεις τους. Η  πρÏŽτη ενÏŒτητα αφορά τις «Θεωρητικές Προσεγγίσεις» για το ζήτημα και ομιλητές θα είναι ο Πρέσβης Albert Maes, ΠρÏŒεδρος του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου του ECPD στο Βελιγράδι, ο Επίκουρος Καθηγητής  Justin Log, απÏŒ τη Νομική Σχολή του Wayne State University των ΗΠΑ και ο Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Νομικής Αχιλλέας Αιμιλιανίδης και η Επίκουρος Καθηγήτρια ΕυρωπαÏŠκής Πολιτικής Χριστίνα Ιωάννου στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας.

 

Η δεύτερη ενÏŒτητα του Συμποσίου έχει ως θέμα «Τα Ζητήματα και οι ΠραγματικÏŒτητες Διαιρεμένων ΚοινωνιÏŽν». Ομιλητές θα είναι ο Επίκουρος Καθηγητής στο Πανεπιστήμιο της ΒερÏŒνα και ΑνÏŽτερος ΕρευνητικÏŒς Συνεργάτης στη EURAC, Matteo Nicolini, ο Επίκουρος Καθηγητής ΔιεθνÏŽν Σχέσεων στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, ΓιÏŽργος Κέντας και ο Λέκτορας ΔιεθνÏŽν Σχέσεων και ΛειτουργÏŒς του Γραφείου Erasmus στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας, Οδυσσέας Χρίστου.  Το Κέντρο επιδιÏŽκει να συμβάλει στην κατανÏŒηση των ζητημάτων αυτÏŽν ÏŒχι μÏŒνο σε ακαδημαÏŠκÏŒ επίπεδο αλλά και ταυτÏŒχρονα να έχει πρακτικές εισηγήσεις.