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CFP: IV Eurasian Research on Modern China and Eurasia Conference

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Academic conference:  Eurasian Research on Modern China and Eurasia

Fourth Edition

Dates: December 2-3, 2022
The focus of the conference is on modern China-Eurasia studies in a multi-disciplinary social science perspective. This year it will mostly focus on Chinese and Eurasian (continent) international relations, Eurasian security issues, second phase of the Belt and Road Initiative, establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Post-Soviet Eurasian States, EU-China, India-China relations, colliding interests of Great powers in Ukraine, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, for more details please check topics.

Organizers: “China-Eurasia” Council for Political and Strategic Research, Foundation 

China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research has organized 3 international academic conferences on this topic in partnership with Institute of Oriental studies in 2018, Yerevan State University in 2019, and with Russian-Armenian University in 2021. One of the main aims of the forthcoming China and Eurasia conference is to unite international team for preparing Routledge Handbook of Chinese and Eurasian International Relations.

As a result of the previous conferences (2018-2019), we prepared China and Eurasia: Rethinking Cooperation and Contradictions in the Era of Changing World Order  book (Ed. Mher D. Sahakyan and Heinz Gärtner), which was published by Routledge in September 2021.  https://www.routledge.com/China-and-Eurasia-Rethinking-Cooperation-and-Contradictions-in-the-Era/Sahakyan-Gartner/p/book/9780367623937

The Conference will be an occasion to facilitate exchanges on common research subjects, compare perspectives and methodologies and promote interdisciplinary dialogue.

The participants will present their research during thematic panels. Each speaker will deliver a paper in English. Among the different topics:

Topic 1: Chinese and Eurasian (continent) international relations

Topic 2: Rethinking 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Post-Soviet Eurasian States

Topic 3: Political Relations between China and Eurasian States (Asian and European States)

Topic 4: Economic Relations between China and Eurasian States (Asian and European States)

Topic 5: Eurasia and Belt and Road Initiative 2.0

Topic 6: Possible cooperation and contradictions between EU-China and EAEU-China.

Topic 7: Great Powers competition in Eurasia: Ukraine, South Caucasus, Middle East

Topic 8: China and NATO

Topic 9: BRICS and Eurasia

Topic 10: China and ASEAN

Topic 11: Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Eurasia

Topic 12: China and Nordic States

Topic 13: China and Central and Eastern European States (16+1)

Topic 14: China and Muslim World

Topic 15: China and South Caucasus

Topic 16: China and Central Asia

Topic 17: China and Eurasian Mainland’s Security Issues (Cybersecurity, Nuclear proliferation, Environment, etc. )

Topic 18: China’s Digital Silk Road and Eurasia

Topic 19: Health Silk Road, COVID-19, China and Eurasia

Topic 20: The Eurasian Economic Union: Aims and Perspectives

Topic 21: People to people exchange between China and Eurasia

Topic 22: China and Regions Beyond Eurasia (Latin America, Africa, Australia, etc.)

Who can apply?

The Conference is designed for researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences. It is mostly focused on International Relations, Economics, History, Political Sciences and Sociology, International Security Issues. Please note that this conference is designed as an academic one, non-academic appliers will be rejected.

Practical arrangements:

China and Eurasia Council is happy to inform that this conference will be held in-person at China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research, Yerevan, Armenia. There is no attendance fee.

Registration details and schedule

1. A paper title and abstract (up to 400-1000 words) and Short Bio in English is to be sent by 5 November 2022 to Dr. Mher Sahakyan: info@chinastan.org and sahakyanmher@outlook.com

2. The selected participants will be notified about organizing committee decision within a week after sending their applications. Selected speakers will have 10 minutes for the presentation of their papers.

3. We intend to edit, peer review and publish the best papers of the conference as a chapters in academic book. Invited speakers of the conference can send their full papers for peer review in English (up to 6000-7000 words) till February 27, 2023. Please write your text in a way, that it corespondent and cover any concert aspect of the main title of the book Routledge Handbook of Chinese and Eurasian International Relations. All chapters must have Realism theory guided approach. Please use The Harvard referencing system.harvard-style-sheetDownload

Schedule and location

China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research, Yerevan, Armenia (In person and online, detailed information will be provided to invited speakers).

Visa requirements for foreigners

https://www.mfa.am/en/visa/

Dates: 2-3 December 2022.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 5 November 2022.

All audience members are required to register for the conference. Please contact info@chinastan.org

Academic Council:

Dr. Mher Sahakyan, Director- China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research, Armenia. 2020/2022 Asia Global Fellow, AsiaGlobal Institute, University of Hong Kong.

DrZheng Yun-tian, Director-World Socialism Institute, and assistant director of BRI research center, Renmin University of China, PRC.

Dr. Bin Ma, Associate Professor at the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, PRC.

Dr. Konstantin Kurylev, Professor- Department of Theory and History of International Relations of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, founder and Editor in-chief of the “Post-Soviet Studies” academic journal and Head of the Centre of Post-Soviet Studies, Russia.

Dr. Robert Ghazaryan, Director-Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia.

Dr. Ruben Elamiryan, Chairperson and Associate Professor at the Department of World Politics and International Relations of Russian-Armenian University, Executive Officer of IPSA RC41 – Geopolitics.

Dr. Sanja Arezina, Counselor with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Research Associate-Assistant Professor at Belgrade University, Serbia.2020/2021 Asia Global Fellow, AsiaGlobal Institute, University of Hong Kong.

DrSudhir Kumar Singh, professor- Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India.

Dr. Suha Atature, Professor and Chair of International Relations – Gedik University, Turkey.

Dr. Alexander Korolev, PhD, Deputy Head of Eurasian Sector, Higher School of Economics, Russia

Dr. Boris Vukićević, Associate Professor-University of Montenegro, Montenegro.

Dr. Vakhtang Charaia, Director – Center for Analysis and Forecasting at Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Dr. Anahit Parzyan, Advisory Board Member- China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research, Armenia

Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

You can check out videos of the Thirds Eurasian Research on Modern China and Eurasia Conference, December 3-4, 2021, Russian-Armenian University

You can check out the information on the Second Eurasian Research on Modern China and Eurasia Conference, November 1-2, 2019, Yerevan State University

You can check out the information on the First Eurasian Research on Modern China-Eurasia Conference, October 25-26, 2018, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia

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Substantial progress made in Vienna; sides focusing on Safeguards

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The third day of talks between experts from Iran and the EU centered around technical and legal matters regarding the Safeguards agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Delegates from Iran, the EU and the U.S. resumed talks in Vienna on Thursday after nearly a five-month hiatus. This round of talks started on Thursday without the presence of nuclear negotiators from the European trio – Germany, France and Britain. Only experts from these three countries have attended the negotiations.  

Iran believes that any agreement on restoring the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is dependent on putting an end to unsubstantiated allegations about Iran’s past nuclear program. Iran insists that these questions had already been resolved within the PMD, when the nuclear deal was signed in July 2015.

According to reports, substantial progress has been made in bringing the views of Iran and the U.S. closer together during the last three days. However, in Tehran’s view nothing is resolved until everything is settled.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), also confirmed on Saturday that talks are mainly focused on Safeguards issues.

“We are now negotiating,” Kamalvandi said of the talks between Iran’s nuclear experts with Mora.

On the atmosphere of the talks, he said, “It is not bad.”

Mohammad Marandi, a senior expert on nuclear issues, also told Al-Mayadeen TV that “progresses” have been made in Vienna, but one should be “cautious”. He argued the success of talks is 50 percent. Marandi said the differences remain only between Iran and the United States.

He added, “We have heard from certain European sources that the Americans have revived their views on certain issues.”

The Russian chief negotiator in the Vienna talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, also tweeted that there is “no unresolvable issue” on the table in the Vienna talks.

Source: Tehran Times

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Destruction in Gaza following an Israeli strike (file photo) UNOCHA/Mohammad Libed

The ongoing and serious escalation of violence in and around Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians by Israeli airstrikes, including a 5-year-old child and one woman, informed Lynn Hastings, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the territory.

In a statement published on Saturday, Ms. Hastings expressed her grave concern for the situation that has left more than 100 Palestinians injured, as well as 7 Israelis.

Residential areas in both Gaza and Israel have also been hit and 31 families in Gaza are now homeless.

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza is already dire and can only worsen with this most recent escalation.   The hostilities must stop to avoid more deaths and injuries of civilians in Gaza and Israel. The principles of international humanitarian law including those of distinction, precaution and proportionality must be respected by all parties”, she urged.

Basic services in danger

Ms. Hastings warned that fuel for the Gaza Power Plant is due to run out this Saturday and electricity has already been cut.

“The continued operation of basic service facilities such as hospitals, schools, warehouses, and designated shelters for internally displaced persons is essential and now at risk”, she cautioned.

The Humanitarian Coordinator added that movement and access of humanitarian personnel, for critical medical cases, and for essential goods, including food and fuel into Gaza, must not be impeded so that humanitarian needs can be met. 

She also underscored that Israeli authorities and Palestinian armed groups must immediately allow the United Nations and its humanitarian partners to bring in fuel, food, and medical supplies and to deploy humanitarian personnel in accordance with international principles.

“I reiterate the United Nations Special Coordinator’s appeal on all sides for an immediate de-escalation and halt to the violence, to avoid destructive ramifications, particularly for civilians”, Ms. Hastings concluded.

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Nuclear weapons will continue to pose a risk to humanity unless countries fully adhere to the treaty that prohibits their testing, a senior UN official said at a press conference in New York on Friday. 

Journalists were briefed by Robert Floyd, Executive Secretary of the body that oversees the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which opened for signature 25 years ago but has yet to enter into force because it requires ratification by a handful of key countries, which have nuclear capabilities. 

“Once in force, the CTBT will serve as an essential element of a nuclear weapons-free world. In order to achieve this world, we all aspire to, a universal and effectively verifiable prohibition on nuclear testing is a fundamental necessity,” he said. 

World at risk 

Mr. Floyd was speaking against the backdrop of the latest nuclear non-proliferation conference, which began this week at UN Headquarters after two years of pandemic-related delays. 

Countries are reviewing progress towards implementing the 50-year-old Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

At the opening on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the world was “just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation, away from nuclear annihilation”

“Until we have full adherence to the CTBT, nuclear testing and the proliferation of nuclear weapons will continue to pose unacceptable risk to humanity,” said Mr. Floyd. 

Drop in testing 

The CTBT complements the non-proliferation treaty, said Mr. Floyd, and it has already made a difference in the world. 

“We’ve gone from over 2,000 nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1996, to fewer than 12 tests since the treaty opened for signature,” he said. “Only one country has tested this millennium.” 

The treaty has also received near-universal support. So far, 186 countries have signed the CTBT, and 174 have ratified it, four in the last six months alone.  

However, entry into force requires that the treaty must be signed and ratified by 44 specific nuclear technology holder countries, eight of which have yet to ratify it: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pakistan and the United States. 

Asked about these countries, Mr. Floyd replied “they have their own calculus and strategic objectives and geopolitical considerations as to whether they feel free to move forward”, adding that they all support the CTBT and its objectives. 

Helping nations 

Mr. Floyd also reported on the activities of the organization that promotes the treaty, which he heads. 

The CTBTO, as it has known, has built a state-of-the-art verification system to detect nuclear explosions, capable of 24/7 monitoring.  

Staff also train inspectors from Member States so that they are ready to conduct on-site verifications once the treaty enters into force. Furthermore, countries use CTBTO data for civilian and scientific applications, such as tsunami warning systems and other university research. 

“Even without having entered into force, the CTBT is already helping to save lives in countries around the world,” said Mr. Floyd.  “Even those that have not yet ratified the treaty are benefiting from this global collaboration and technological expertise.” 

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