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ENC Analysis: Social Media and Jihadism: The Shaping of a New Discourse

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ENC Analysis

Social Media and Jihadism: The Shaping of a New Discourse

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis titled “Social Media and Jihadism: The Shaping of a New Discourse”.

The ENC Analysis is written by our Academic Council Member Dr. Emna Ben Arab who is a former member of the Tunisian Parliament (2004-2011) and an assistant professor at the University of Stax.

Between December 2012 and March 2016, Tunisia had more than 80 terrorist attacks and a relatively large number of Tunisians were influenced to join groups such as ISIS, signaled the presence of a propaganda aimed at Tunisian youth. In this publication, Dr. Ben Arab examines the role of social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and Twitter in shaping a jihadi narrative that played an important role in radicalizing and mobilizing an unprecedented number of youth, taking Tunisia as a case.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 14

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 14

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the 14th episode we are focusing on the implications of the war for European energy security.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Simone Tagliapietra, senior fellow at Bruegel and adjunct professor of Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and at the Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on the European Union climate and energy policy and on the political economy of global decarbonisation.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 13

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 13

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the 13th episode we are focusing on the implications of the war for European security and defence.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Elena Lazarou, Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), where her research focuses on security and defense, global governance, transatlantic relations, and EU foreign policy and Daniel Fiott, Security and Defense Editor at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), where he analyses European security and defense policy, CSDP operations and defense capability and industrial issues.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 12

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 12

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the 12th episode we are focusing on the role of the United Nations (UN) in the war so far.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Georgios Kostakos, co-founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) with almost thirty years of work experience in international affairs, both as a practitioner and as a researcher. About half of the time he was with the UN in various field assignments including Bosnia, South Africa, Haiti, and Mexico and in the department of Political Affairs in New York in the office of secretary-general Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 11

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 11

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the 11th episode we are  focusing on the impact of the war in transatlantic cooperation.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Rosa Balfour, Director of Carnegie Europe and member of the steering committee of Women in International Security in Brussels and Giovanni Grevi, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, the Brussels School of Governance and Sciences Po in Paris.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 10

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 10

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the 10th episode we are focusing on implication for North Africa with views from Egypt and Tunisia.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of our academic council members Dr. Ebtisam Hussein, tenure holder of Political Science at Cairo University, who currently serves as Associate Professor of Political Science at New Giza University in Egypt and Dr. Emna Ben Arab, Assistant Professor at the University of Sfax in Tunisia.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

Beyond Erasmus Training and Lecture Programme (2021-2022)

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Beyond Erasmus Hybrid Training and Lecture Programme (2021-2022)

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) office in Turkey has recently concluded a hybrid educational programme titled “Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey”. The project promotes Erasmus+ student mobility, youth exchanges, internships, training courses, networking, access to funding for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), free market entrepreneurship and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

The project created exchanges with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, further training and career prospects for youth in EU and Turkey. Participants from Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Turkey gained skills in the private, civil society and public sector, while staying anchored to EU legislation, strategies and new priority topics. Throughout the programme, participants were encouraged to support each other and develop their professional networks. Against the current context of Turkish isolation, the project had a strong focus on establishing lasting friendships and exchanging ties as well as instilling skills, instruments and future financial options within the participants to support liberal universal values and cementing ties between the EU and Turkey.

The Beyond Erasmus was divided in three phases:
I) October-November 2021: 40 participants – mainly young graduates – from Turkey, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands – attended a series of six online training sessions engaging with inspiring and talented professionals from Europe and Turkey working in media, audiovisual, think tank, Civil Society, European Commission, Academia and private sector.

II) February 2022: Seven finalists from the 1st phase participated in a networking fellowship trip in Brussels during which they had the opportunity to meet with diverse people, among others, the liberal VP of the Renew Europe party, MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, the MP from Brussels citizen’s assembly, Pepijn Kennis, and the senior European Commission officer Bernard Brunet (DG NEAR). The group also had the chance to exchange ideas and engage with cultural institutions, journalists and entrepreneurs while bonding with one another.

III) March-April 2022: The seven Beyond Erasmus fellows were called to share their views and experiences during three lectures in public academic institutions across Turkey. They shared their Erasmus exchange experience, explained the benefits of such programmes – including networking opportunities – and the rationale behind their participation in the Beyond Erasmus project with students from Çukurova University (Adana), Eskisehir Osmangazi and Anadolu Universities (Eskisehir) and Ondokuz Mayıs University (Samsun).

The continuous support by local academic institutions in Turkey coupled with high volume formal and informal exchanges among student, our experts and our fellows, showcases the importance of exchange programmes and the need to stay connected, to work together, to share knowledge and ideas at the academic, political, economic and societal level.

Learn more about our hybrid training and lecture programme by watching the short video below in which ENC Managing Director, Samuel Doveri Vesterbye and the Head of the FNF office in Turkey, Beate Apelt share the key features and the rationale behind the Beyond Erasmus programme:

ENC Analysis: How the War in Ukraine Affects Countries that Depend on Russia

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ENC Analysis

How the War in Ukraine Affects Countries that Depend on Russia

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “How the War in Ukraine Affects Countries that Depend on Russia.’’

The ENC Analysis is written by our Academic Council Member Dr. Karolina Kluczewska who is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent Institute for International and European Studies (GIES) at Ghent University.

In Tajikistan, as in most parts of the world, the news about the war in Ukraine was received with surprise and disbelief. In a country that witnessed violence, displacement and deaths during the civil war that started immediately after Tajikistan’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, some people felt sympathetic towards Ukrainian refugees and talked about the victims of war with compassion. Others, who follow Russian media, which are still very popular in the country, sided with the Russian government’s version of events. Yet, initially the war in Ukraine was not a big concern for the majority of people. Very soon, however, it became clear to many people that the war in Ukraine, although having nothing to do with their country, would have a direct impact on their lives. In this publication Dr. Kluczewska discusses how the first weeks of the war in Ukraine affected Tajikistan.

 

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: How the War in Ukraine Affects Countries That Depend On Russia

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

How the War in Ukraine Affects Countries That Depend On Russia

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “How the War in Ukraine Affects Countries That Depend On Russia” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Karolina Kluczewska who is postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent Institute for International and European Studies (GIES).

In her article, Dr. Kluczewska provides views from Tajikistan and argues that Dushanbe has limited or no space for manoeuvre and that the war in Ukraine has serious impact on the livelihood of Tajiks, especially the ones who are in rural areas.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of  Dr. Karolina Kluczewska.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

Beyond Erasmus Phase III: Lectures Across Turkey

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Beyond Erasmus

Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey

Phase III

All good things must come to an end they say, and the same rule applies to our “Beyond Erasmus” project – at least for now! In between 30th of March and 4th of April, the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) team along with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) team in Turkey traveled and organised three lectures in Adana, Eskisehir and Samsun. The series of lectures were part of the 3rd and final phase of the hybrid training programme “Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey” which started during November 2021.

After the successful networking trip in Brussels, the Beyond Erasmus fellows, namely, Cem, Sinan, Cagla, Ecenur, Mathilde, Katharina, and Selen were called to share their views and experiences during three lectures in public academic institutions across Turkey. They shared their Erasmus exchange experience, explained the benefits of such programmes – including networking opportunities – and the rationale behind their participation in the Beyond Erasmus project with students from Çukurova University (Adana), Eskisehir Osmangazi and Anadolu Universities (Eskisehir) and Ondokuz Mayıs University (Samsun).

First Stop: Adana

During the lectures the focus was on EU – Turkey relations, each time shedding light into a different aspect. At Çukurova University, the keynote presentation by Ali Yaras, energy and sustainability expert, was dedicated to climate change and environmental policies. Mr. Yaras talked, among other things, about key environmental treaties, the significance of the ratification of the Paris agreement by Turkey and what it means for Turkish producers and subsequently for consumers. Considering the ongoing war in Ukraine, he also highlighted the importance of investing more on renewables and decrease the country’s energy reliance on fossil fuels.

Next Destination: Eskisehir

In Eskisehir, digital journalism, fact-checking and digital marketing were in the spotlight. Burak Ütücü, video journalist with the Turkish service of the Independent and founder of Observe Turkey talked about the importance of student-level journalism, the story behind Observe Turkey and shared useful tips about digital journalism. Ezgi Toprak, fact-checker at Teyit.org, in her presentation explained why fact-checking is necessary with practical examples from daily news, and the nexus between education, distrust towards media and fake news. Finally, Ahmet Balat, digital marketing expert and co-founder of Brandok Performance Marketing Agency, spoke about clickbait, what it is, how it works, the connection between clickbait and social media following patterns and shared tips on how to avoid it.

Final Stop: Samsun

The 3rd and final lecture took place on the shores of the Black Sea in the city of Samsun, where for the first time ENC and FNF teams had the chance to interact with academics and students from Ondokuz Mayıs University. In front of an audience of nearly 200 students, Dr. Cigdem Nas, Secretary General at the Economic Development Foundation  (IKV) and Associate Prof. at Yildiz University, had the opportunity to talk about EU – Turkey economic and trade relations.

During the lecture Dr. Nas provided background information about the Customs Union (CU) and how transformative in has been for Turkish economy since 1995. She shed light on why it is essential to renew the CU, why negotiations have been blocked and how to potentially unblock them. Finally, she briefly covered the European Green Deal and its impact on EU – Turkey relations.

The continuous support by local academic institutions in Turkey coupled with high volume formal and informal exchanges among student, our experts and our fellows, showcases the importance of exchange programmes and the need to stay connected, to work together, to share knowledge and ideas at the academic, political, economic and societal level.

The 2021-2022 Beyond Erasmus programme is over, but ENC in cooperation with its long-lasting partners will be back with new innovative programmes to engage with youth and strengthen academic and people-to-people connectivity. Stay tuned…