IAPSS Winter School 2018 on The MENA Region in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology

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The Theme

This IAPSS-CIFE Winter School examines the variety in social, political and economic conditions of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and its implications on the Arab uprisings and vice versa. The Winter School will focus on case studies from our host country Tunisia but will also look beyond its borders. The Winter School allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of the region through lectures from academics as well as local and international NGO’s. We will also apply the newest the methods such as design thinking for policy-making.

The head topic “The MENA region in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology“ features the following four subtopics:

(1) Democratization and Regime Changes in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

This topic is important to understand the domestic and regional factors that have led to the perceived failures and successes of the Arab uprisings of 2011. It also serves to understand why some countries did not witness an uprising at all despite initial protests and are still resilient to potential uprisings.

(2) Political Economy and Economic reform in the MENA-Region: Labor, Rents and Capital

This subtopic deals with the political economy in different sectors and policy fields. It explores the major developmental challenges in the region, such as long-term growth trends, demographic change, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture.

(3) Security and Power Politics: New Perspectives on Regional Hegemony

Geopolitics play a large role in the domestic situation of countries that are going through a political and social transition. This subtopic offers a macro perspective on the MENA region and aims to set the Arab uprisings in an international context. The question of how far regional issues influence domestic politics is important to understand why countries do what they do and how alliances in the Middle East are formed.

(4) Technology and Telecommunication: Creation and Decay of Revolutions

This topic focuses on the history of technology in resistances in the Middle East and North Africa; how it has developed itself and influenced the political participation. Topics such as telecommunication policy, intelligence and domestic security or digitization may be covered by this subtopic based on the interest of participants.

Application and Selection Process

Students and junior researchers of all levels, but preferably at least at an advanced level of their undergraduate studies, are invited to submit their applications.

Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018 are requested to submit a written application containing a CV, a letter of motivation (max. 1 page). Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the topic, (b) your motivation for joining this Winter School, and (c) how this Winter School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. Decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

Please use the form below (at the bottom of this page) to submit your application. In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee (see below) who will be glad to answer them.

Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of €199. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the participation fee. Students from local Tunisian universities (exl. expats) can apply for a tuition waiver. Please write to Farieha Mirzada at seasonalschools@iapss.org if you would like to apply for a waiver. Applications for waivers will be considered after the application for the Winter School has been completed.

This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops, participation in a research OR policy lab and social events, all Winter School materials, a personal IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. However, please consult with your programme coordinator, if the school can be accounted for your regular studies. IAPSS is supportive in case any further documentation is needed.

The participation fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit card, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore (the details for the transfer will be available there upon acceptance). After admission, the fee should be transferred by December 31st, 2017. Later payments are possible upon request and individual agreement.

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event (with the exception of Tunisian residents). We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools. IAPSS can provide an acceptance letter to support external grant/scholarship applications of the participants.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the programme. IAPSS Membership comes at only €15.00 (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or €10 (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for €25 and €15 respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to apply for membership in one of the IAPSS Student Research Committees or the Authorial Board of IAPSS’ academic blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities.