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04 April 2012

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Opportunity for Students: DAAD summer school in Bishkek

International Summer School

The Paradox of Stability: The Role of Peace and Conflict in State-building

5-15 July 2012 | Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

organized by the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (a
joint endeavour of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Hertie School of
Governance, and the Social Science Research Center Berlin) in cooperation with
the OSCE Academy in Bishkek;

and financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from
the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, trajectories of states in
Central Asia and South Caucasus have been marked by diversity. Whereas some
experienced changes in political regime, not without the use of violence,
others if seen from the outside can be characterized as relatively stable. The
aim of the summer school is to explore sources of state stability with a
particular focus on institutional and state-society relations. It poses the
following thematic question: what is stability and what are preconditions for a
stable state?

The course will start with theoretical reflections on governance
and institutions. We will examine what are the international standards of good
governance and best practice as well as how institutions affect state
stability. We will then review historical trajectory by looking at how Soviet
legacy shaped present state-building processes. Although the core of the summer
school will be devoted to case studies in Central Asia and South Caucasus,
examples from European experience will be also analyzed. The empirical
questions will be the following: Who are the state-building agents? What are
the preconditions for stable state-building? What symbolic practices are used
to establish social cohesion and which can be named sustainable? What is the
role of ethnicity and national ideology in the state-building process?

Language of Instruction: English

Credits: 4 credit points

Costs: Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the DAAD

Who can apply?

The summer school is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate
students of political science, international relations, sociology or other
related areas living and studying in South Caucasus and Central Asia.

How to apply?

A complete application will consist of the following:

1. CV (max. 2 pages in English),

2. Letter of interest (max. 2 pages in English) outlining the reasons
for applying and addressing the question of how the theme of the summer school
will contribute to your own research,

3. One letter of recommendation (in English),

4. Transcript of grades (in English or in Russian).

Inquiries and applications (in one PDF file) are welcome at summerschool@transnationalstudies.eu by May 15th 2012. All applicants will be informed about the results by June 1st.

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.


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