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PhD Support Programme EUCACIS

“The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the Inter­na­tional System” (EUCACIS) is a PhD Support Programme for Postgrad­uates and Doctoral Researchers in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus, organized by the IEP and the Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne (CIFE). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the programme Erasmus+, it offers schol­ar­ships for three years to excellent postgrad­uates who are working on a doctoral thesis in political science, contem­porary history or economics on a topic related to its thematic focus at a university or academy of sciences in the Southern Caucasus or Central Asia (including Afghanistan, the Kashmir region in India and the autonomous region Xinjiang in China).

It is the objective of the EUCACIS programme to provide intensive PhD research training for its partic­i­pants to bring them closer to inter­na­tional standards, to support them until they submit their doctoral theses, and to help them establish their own networks with other young researchers in the target regions and in Europe. This will be achieved through four inter­na­tional confer­ences (in Almaty, Berlin, Yerevan and Bishkek); three PhD schools in Berlin, Yerevan and Istanbul; two research training stays; and continuous online coaching.

The language of instruction is English.

For infor­mation on the eligi­bility and the details of the appli­cation process see the project’s website

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EUCACIS Online Paper No. 11: Non-Recognized States, Security Threats and Post Conflict ‘Stateness’: The Quartet of post-Soviet Space

The way of formation of statehood and ‘stateness’ is rather long and compli­cated for countries, that have not been recog­nized yet. Their additional diffi­culties for ‘stateness‘ are condi­tioned by challenges and conse­quences of conflict, stringent limitation of inter­na­tional relations, lack of experience and knowledge …