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b_300_200_16777215_00_images_zzz16.JPGThe Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Kadir Has University, which the Friedrich Naumann Foundation has supported as a project partner, has held the 7th International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS) in Odessa between 13 June and 18 June 2017. This year’s Symposium focused on “Changemakers in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South”. It organized in cooperation with local partners: UA: Ukraine Analytica and the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”.

The INS focuses principally on the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South, two regions that are shared neighbourhoods of the European Union, its member states, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.  The INS aims to promote further understanding and cooperation in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South and beyond by providing a forum for study, dialogue and networking in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Hence, the aim of the 2017 edition of the International Neighbourhood Symposium is to discuss, assess, and understand the regional dynamics as well as the impact these are having on the transformation of the societies of the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South during the first two days of the Symposium. Expert discussions will also brought the spotlight on a number of societal concerns as diverse as politics, the role of the media, our understanding of democracy, the nexus of international development and humanitarian work, and the potential of cultural cities. 

Various workshops were held by expert trainers on the 3rd and 4th days of the symposium. Days 3 and 4 dedicated to peer to peer workshops facilitated by expert trainers whereby participants, in the role of changemakers, presented project proposals emanating from their cooperation in the workshops. Participants offered a project proposal to create a business association in the region after workshops with the aim of making a difference. The symposium's target audience consisted primarily young professionals and graduate students from the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, Central Asia, EU member states, and the United States.