Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief No. 28

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • Year2013
    • AuthorGeorgia Chantzi
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    "The emergence of Azerbaijan as a regional leader
    Development and Sustainability"
     
    In the immediate post-Soviet period, Azerbaijan was in political, economic and social
    distress. Twenty years since independence however, Azerbaijan has achieved great
    improvement. Since then, the country marks great scores among the CIS countries in
    development and competitiveness indexes. Recently, Azerbaijan has been ranked 39th
    country according to “The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014” released by World Economic Forum. Currently, Azerbaijan endorses a new development project for the future;
    one based on the diversification of economy thus decreasing dependence on the oil sector.

  • Policy Brief No. 26

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearDecember 2012
    • AuthorDr. Zefi Dimadama, Dr. Vladimir Korolev,Dr. Anna Pikalova and Dr. Liliana Proskuryakova, Prof. Panagiotis Liargovas, Dr. Ioannis Bakouros and Dr. Samara Elpida, Dr. Sotiris Zygiaris, Margarita Angelidou
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

     Innovation in the wider Black Sea region: Policies and Structures

     

    Dr. Zefi Dimadama, Dr. Vladimir Korolev,Dr. Anna Pikalova and Dr. Liliana Proskuryakova, Prof. Panagiotis Liargovas, Dr. Ioannis Bakouros and Dr. Samara Elpida, Dr. Sotiris Zygiaris, Margarita Angelidou


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  • Policy Brief No. 25

    • CategoryBook
    • YearJune 2012
    • AuthorBarbara Wick & Sergiu Porescu
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Executive summary

    The report evaluates the importance of S&T in the ENPI for EECA countries through the assessment of existing instruments and mechanisms of the ENP as well as the implementation of its programmes and national agendas. Looking at the relevance of ENP/ENPI goals for the S&T landscape in the region, the report concludes that there is room for closer cooperation in this area between the EU and EECA countries. The instruments available under this policy framework could be used to strengthen national research infrastructure and to foster EECA participation in the EU Programmes open for the region (7th Framework Programme, Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, TEMPUS etc). Although the current budgetary framework is coming to an end, some of the recommendations can be useful for further EU policies targeting the EECA region.

    S&T as Part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP/ENPI)


    As it was initially conceived, the European Neighbourhood Policy’s (ENP) vision involved a ring of countries sharing the EU’s fundamental values and objectives, drawn into an increasingly close relationship, going beyond cooperation to involve a significant measure of economic and political integration. The EU was seeking to reinforce relations with neighbouring countries to the east and south in order to promote prosperity, stability and security at its borders.
    At present, 16 partners are addressed by the ENP: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the Republic of Moldova, Morocco, the occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.
    The ENP provides the EU with the means to deepen bilateral relations with these countries. The policy is based upon a mutual commitment to common values: democracy and human rights, rule of law, good governance, market economy principles and sustainable development.
    Concrete actions for EU cooperation with countries from the region are envisaged within bilateral Action Plans signed between the EU and each ENP partner (12 of them have been agreed upon). These set out an agenda of political and economic reforms with short- and medium-term priorities of 3 to 5 years. S&T is one of the areas of cooperation under the Action Plans.

    Keywords
    Eastern European and Central Asian countries, European Neighbourhood Policy, European Neighbourhood, Policy Instrument, Science, Innovation and Technology cooperation


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  • Policy Brief No. 24

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearMarch 2012
    • AuthorSergiu Celac,Tedo Japaridze,David Kereselidze,Zefi Dimadama and Ilias Roubanis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    "Building a Sustainable Future for the Black Sea area: New Perspectives & Challenges for B.S.E.C."

    In accordance with the recent developments, the financial and economic crisis proved to have profound and long-lasting implications for the Black Sea area. Under these circumstances the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), a multilateral political and economic initiative which aims at the promotion of stability, prosperity and good-neighbourly relations in the region, had to acquire an attractive, feasible, prospect and renewed intellectual effort, in order to forward revised priorities for the countries of the Black Sea region in the difficult years to come. The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats set the framework for the BSEC to enter a new phase with an overarching strategic approach under the concept of sustainable development.

     


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  • Policy Brief No. 23

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearJuly 2011
    • AuthorIlia Roubanis and Zefi Dimadama
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Food Security, Human Security and the Black Sea: The Instructive Case Study of 2010-2011 Events

    This policy brief focuses on a case study. It is suggested that an environmental disaster during the summer of 2010 in the Black Sea region triggered in winter 2011 a food crisis in the Arab World; in turn, this led to massive riots, revolts, political instability, a NATO operation and, alas, an oil crisis that accentuates an already suffering global economy. Coextensively, it maybe suggested that an environmental crisis triggered a political crisis, which escalated in a series of conflicts that are of major concern for traditional security structures in Europe and beyond. In sum, the argument is made that as a result of this experience, the human security agenda must have a direct effect on our traditional security agenda. The question addressed at this point is how these interrelated chains of events affect the security establishment and our notions of a ‘high strategy.’ 

  • Policy Brief No. 22

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearJune 2011
    • AuthorTedo Japaridze
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Notes on the Margins
    A Longer View: Reflections about the Future


    The idea for a text like this had been percolating in my mind for some time though I was setting up to write it a little bit later. But the situation and the circumstances have changed and I have to leave my position at the ICBSS slightly earlier than I planned. Though I am grateful for that “motivating push” as such ideas and intentions never become reality. This is not a standard article or some witty academic or stylistically wellformatted eloquent text.

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  • Policy Brief No. 21

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearNovember 2010
    • AuthorZefi Dimadama and Alexia Timotheou
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Greening the Black Sea: Overcoming Inefficiency and Fragmentation through Environmental Governance

  • Policy Brief No. 20

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearJanuary 2010
    • AuthorTedo Japaridze, Panagiota Manoli, Dimitrios Triantaphyllou and Yannis Tsantoulis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The EU's Ambivalent Relationship with the BSEC: Reflecting on the Past, Mapping out the Future

  • Policy Brief No. 19

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearNovember 2009
    • AuthorSir Basil Markesinis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The American and Russian Economies in Moments of Crisis: A Geopolitical Study in Parallel

  • Policy Brief No. 18

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearOctober 2009
    • AuthorPanayotis Gavras and Ghinea Arminio Iorga
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The Impact of the Current Economic and Financial Crisis on the Black Sea Region

  • Policy Brief No. 17

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearOctober 2009
    • AuthorIoannis Stribis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Pooling Forces in Protecting the Black Sea Marine Environment: Actors and Actions

  • Policy Brief No. 16

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearJune 2009
    • AuthorEleni Fotiou
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform”: What is at Stake for Regional Cooperation?

  • Policy Brief No. 15

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearMay 2009
    • AuthorJohn Roberts
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The Role of Azerbaijan in European Gas Supply and the Greek Interest

  • Policy Brief No. 14

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearApril 2009
    • AuthorIoannis Stribis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Black Sea Sectoral Partnerships: A Tentative Model

  • Policy Brief No. 13

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearApril 2009
    • AuthorBurcu Gultekin-Punsmann
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform: An Attempt to Foster Regional Accountability

  • Policy Brief No. 12

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearFebruary 2009
    • AuthorYannis Tsantoulis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Black Sea Synergy and Eastern Partnership: Different Centres of Gravity, Complementarity or Confusing Signals?

  • Policy Brief No. 11

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearFebruary 2009
    • AuthorTedo Japaridze
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    A Memo on How to Make the EU – BSEC Relations Relevant and Productive

  • Policy Brief No. 10

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearDecember 2008
    • AuthorYasar Yakis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The Black Sea and the Georgian Crisis

  • Policy Brief No. 9

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearDecember 2008
    • AuthorPanagiota Manoli and Stelios Stavridis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    An Emerging Euro – Black Sea Parliamentary Dimension? Contributing to the Black Sea Synergy

  • Policy Brief No. 8

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearOctober 2008
    • AuthorDimitrios Triantaphyllou and Yannis Tsantoulis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Looking Beyond the Georgian Crisis: The EU in Search of an Enhanced Role in the Black Sea Region

  • Policy Brief No. 7

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearMay 2008
    • AuthorAlexandros Yannis
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The European Union and the Black Sea Region: The New Eastern Frontiers and Europeanisation

  • Policy Brief No. 6

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • Year May 2008
    • AuthorBurcu Gultekin-Punsmann
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Black Sea Regional Policy Approach: A Potential Contributor to European Energy Security

  • Policy Brief No. 5

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearFebruary 2008
    • AuthorIoannis Stribis
    • CountryGreek
    • LanguageEnglish

    Participation in International Organisations and Institutional Renewal

  • Policy Brief No. 4

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearJuly 2007
    • AuthorGeorge Bonas
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Science and Technology in the BSEC Region: Proposals for Enhanced Cooperation

  • Policy Brief No. 3

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearDecember 2006
    • AuthorSergiu Celac
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    The European Union and Maritime Issues in the Black Sea Area

  • Policy Brief No. 2

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearSeptember 2006
    • AuthorNicolae Ecobescu
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    BSEC AT FIFTEEN: Enhancing Effectiveness through Better Performance and Meaningful Institutional Reform

  • Policy Brief No. 1

    • CategoryPolicy Brief
    • YearJuly 2006
    • AuthorPanagiota Manoli
    • CountryGreece
    • LanguageEnglish

    Reflecting on the BSEC: Achievements, Limitations and the Way Forward

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