NISA Winter Session: Perspectives of Eastern Partnership

Deadline: 15 January 2014
Open to: graduate students, young researchers, early to mid-career academics, experts and practitioners
Venue: 23 February-1 March 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan


NISA is a non-governmental organization registered in 2007. They establish by annual NISA summer and winter sessions every year and they have approximately 800 alumni up to date. Their sessions covered different topics like, Cyber Security, Financial Security, New era of unconventional threats and etc. Both, local and overseas students can participate in the sessions and the alumni contingents vary from USA to Pakistan. In general, there are 40 participant in sessions and half of them should be from foreign country. Notwithstanding high number of application to the sessions, NISA evaluate it based on applicants English language proficiency and awareness on given topic.

Recent developments around the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EP) summit in Vilnius, which was intended to herald “qualitative shift from negotiation of agreements to their effective implementation” in cooperation of the EU with its Eastern Partners have vividly illustrated confrontation between the West and Russia.

The EU’s EP program devised to facilitate Eastern Partners’ economic integration and political association with EU was challenged with an alternative scheme – Eurasian Union spearheaded by Russia. Striving to seize the initiative, Russia launched this Union to draw the EP countries in “close integration on the basis of new values, politics and economy”. Promotion of the Union coupled with making use of economic and energy dependence where possible was perceived by the West as “a move to re-Sovietize the region” which led to further tensions.


This program is aimed at graduate students, young researchers, early to mid-career academics, experts and practitioners, who are interested in international relations, politics, and international security including issues related to the Euro-Atlantic area. Successful applicants need to be fluent in spoken and written English as well as to have academic credentials necessary to benefit from the course that will help him/her to actively contribute to the discussions. The participants should be highly motivated and demonstrate some achievements and activities in related fields.


NISA will cover lodging and food expenses of all participants and up to 50 percent of traveling expenses of international students. However, visa fee is not reimbursed.


Click HERE to fill in the online application form. You will find it at the bottom of the webpage.

Deadline for applications is 24:00 Baku time, 15 January 2014.

Priority will be given to those who have not participated in NISA Sessions before. Those who need a visa should complete the relevant box in the application form below. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Working language of the event is English.

For further information, visit the official website HERE.

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