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March 31, 2016 the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of Belarusian State University held a round table on innovation in international research dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The representatives of the academic community, the government of the Republic of Belarus, leading specialists and experts from Belarus and SCO countries took part in the round table. The moderator of the round table was Dmitry Shevelev, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations of the BSU.
Elena Dostanko, the head of the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations, greeted the audience and noted that the main purpose of an annual round table on innovation in international research is development of innovative approaches in studying of international relations issues and teaching of relevant subjects, and the preservation and development of the best traditions of high school.
Vadim Senyuta, deputy head of the Department of Asia, Australia and Oceania, Head of East Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, presented the keynote report “On interaction between Belarus and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization”.
Alexander Baichorov, PhD, Professor of International Relations of the BSU, highlighted the work of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the context of the initiative “One belt, one way”.
Dmitry Stratievsky, Ph.D, deputy director of the Berlin Center for the Study of Eastern Europe, considered the prospects of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the field of economic cooperation and collective security.
Arseniy Sivitsky, director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, a graduate student of the Institute of Philosophy of NAS of Belarus, made a report “The new anti-terror alliance of China: in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, but without Russia”.
Shabnam Tolibova, 2nd Secretary of Africa and Middle East Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, spoke about the potential of cooperation between Belarus and Iran in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Maria Danilovich, PhD, Senior Lecturer of the Department of International Relations of the BSU, highlighted the specifics of the Chinese approach to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the 2014-2016 biennium in her speech.
The situation in the border area of Afghanistan and Central Asian states and the threat of infiltration of radical Islamist groups in the region was reported by Roza Turarbekova, PhD, Associate Professor of International Relations of the BSU.
Cultural cooperation in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, achievements and prospects in this area were highlighted by Olga Lazorkina, PhD, Associate Professor of the Diplomatic and Consular Service of the BSU.
Representatives of the Embassies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation in the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce, as well as the academic community, bodies of state management of the Republic of Belarus took part in the discussion of the proposed topics.


Key Events 2014 - 2015 academic year

October 2014 - Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University in cooperation with the International Alferov Foundation for Education and Science hosted an international seminar on “Middle East settlement: the current state of the international multilateral cooperation”.
December 2014 - publication of the second edition of the book “Topical problems of international relations and global development: collection of scientific articles”.
February 2015 - Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University held an international scientific seminar on the theme of “Energy factor in foreign policy of post-soviet states”.
March 2015 - director of the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University Elena Dostanko took part in the jubilee X Forum meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which was held in Khanty-Mansiysk at the invitation of the Center for East Asian and Shanghai Cooperation Organization MGIMO.
March 2015 - international round table on innovation in international studies on the theme “The Eurasian Economic Union: development prospects in the light of the events in Ukraine in 2013-2014”. The event was attended by representatives of the academic community, the government of the Republic of Belarus, diplomatic representations, leading specialists and experts. Among the invited guests were members of the diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Armenia, Latvia, Tajikistan, Romania.
April 2015 - a protocol on cooperation between the Belarusian State University (Belarus) and the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan (2015-2018) was signed. Center for International Studies is a responsible executor.
April-May 2015 – a contest of scientific papers of young scientists dedicated to the 85th anniversary of academician, Nobel Prize winner in physics Zhores Alferov was organized jointly with the International Alferov Foundation for Support of Education and Science. Winners – Olga Poklonskaya (semiconductor physics), Nadezhda Gazdyuk, Tatiana Mikhaleva, Natalia Antsuh (international issues (history, sociology, law, political science)).
October 2015 – Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University held an international seminar “International Multilateral Cooperation of the Republic of Belarus”. The event was organized within the framework of the “Express UN-70 in Belarus for sustainable development”, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Agreement on cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State University and other universities of the country.
October 2015 – Memorandum between the Institute of Asian Studies Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKAIAS) (Kolkata, India) and the Belarusian State University was signed. Center for International Studies is a responsible executor.
December 2015 – the publication of the third edition of the book “Topical problems of international relations and global development: collection of scientific articles”.


Belarusian State University

Department of International Relations

Center for International Studies

March 27, 2014

Workshop on innovations in the research agenda of the international relations devoted to the modern policy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Center for International Studies, as a participant of the Forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, holds an annual "Workshop on innovations in the research agenda of the international relations”, devoted this year to the activities of SCO.
The following aspects of the modern policy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization policies will be discussed: SCO enlargement; activities in the region of Central Asia; security issues in the region in connection with the withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan; the realization of the dialogue partner status by Belarus.
The workshop will be attended by representatives of the academic community, Government of the Republic of Belarus, the leading specialists and experts from Belarus and SCO countries.
The main purpose of the annual Workshop on in the research agenda of the international relations is the preservation and development of the best traditions and innovative approaches in the study of international relations and teaching of relevant subjects.
The faculty, researchers and experts are invited to participate.
The round table will be held on March 27, 2014 from 10.00 am to 14.00 at the following address: Minsk, Department of International Relations, str. Leningradskaja 20, room – 1118.
Registration of participants - at 9.30 am, 11 floor, hall.
Application form (name, position and place of work, phone number and email address) and abstracts in the Belarusian, Russian, English languages (up to 2 pages, font Times New Roman, №14, the interval -1.0) should send in one file before March 15, 2014 by e-mail to the address: centis@bsu.by. At the registration, please, provide one printed copy of abstracts with a personal signature.
A personal invitation to attend the seminar and the program will be sent by email before March 20, 2014.
Participation in the conference is free of charge. There is no financial support for the stay in Minsk.
The results of the round table will be published without charge.
For all inquiries please call - + 375 17 209 5773, + 375 17 209 5769.


Belarusian State University and Ege University (Turkey, Izmir) have signed a cooperation agreement, under which the responsible executives are the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations and Ege Strategic Research Center (ESAM) ( http:// esam.ege.edu.tr/).
The purpose of the Agreement is the development and strengthening of international cooperation in education, science and innovation by developing such forms of cooperation as the exchange of research staff to give lectures and conduct practical research, exchange of experience and information, carrying out joint research, conferences, seminars and other scientific events, publications, exchange of scientific literature and periodicals.


Summer Course “Comparative Regionalisms: Changing Forms of Governance in Asia, Africa and the Americas and the Effects on the
> World Order” > at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest,
> Hungary, June 24-July 4, 2013. CEU's summer school invites applications from graduate students, junior faculty, researchers and practitioners in universities and other institutions from all over the world. The course fosters new approaches to the study of regionalisms in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Building on, but seeking to go beyond the European experience the course examines the rise of regions after World War II and the resurgence of the idea in and from the 1980s.
It considers the different interpretations, values and expectations assigned to ‘region’, from regional free trade agreements to security communities to supra-national integrative projects. The course will examine how such regions vary across time and geography, assuming different characteristics, and will also consider to what extent regions are a result of and/or a response to globalization and the extent to which they constitute and shape global order.
Course faculty include Amitav Acharya, American University, Washington D.C.; Matteo Fumagalli, Central European University; Youngmi Kim, Central European University; Mark Aspinwall, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh, UK; Shaun Breslin, Professor of Politics and International Studies, Politics& International Studies, Warwick University, UK; J. Andrew Grant, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; Richard W. Mansbach, Department of Political Science, Iowa State University, USA.
The application deadline is February 15, 2013.
Financial aid is available.
More detailed information available at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/comparative-2013.