Political Science research: mapping the future and understanding new challenges

For the First IAPSS Annual Academic Conference, jointly organized by the International Association for Political Science Students and The Romanian Center for Global Studies:
Political Science research in the XXIth century
Mapping the future – understanding new challenges
The organizers propose eight panels, a general overview of current policy issues in world and domestic affairs. Thus the paper submitted should address one of the topics below:
    1.      The New Anti-Americanism
    2.      Conflict Prevention And Resolution ( Regional Conflicts )
    3.      Wider Europe
    4.      Political Participation
    5.      Political parties
    6.      Euro skepticism   
    7.      New challenges in international security
    8.      Right-wing extremism – comparative perspective
The International Association for Political Science Students is a worldwide organization with member associations and individual members in almost forty countries. Our foreseen mission is to generate and promote opportunities for full actualization of political science students cooperating through a global communication network.

The First IAPSS Annual Academic Conference represents an opportunity for every political science student to freely express his beliefs and perspectives, within a framework of policy research provided by CRSG. This project will occasion the presenting of academic papers elaborated by students worldwide with both academic and policy concerns. Workshops are meant to offer a deeper perspective into the topics approached by the panels.
The Romanian Center for Global Studies (CRSG) is a Romanian think-tank created by a group of young Romanian IR researchers, graduates of Western Europe and North American universities, who joined forces to bring their international expertise within the domestic debate on relevant international affairs. The Center functions under the guidance of leading Romanian and international IR policy experts.  By co-organizing this event, CRSG aims at integrating academic interests of political science students into relevant policy debate both in Romania and abroad.
The best papers in each panel will be published in a special edition of Politikon – the IAPSS Journal and on the website of CRSG. CRSG will offer a prize to the best policy paper on IR or foreign policy analysis.
The requirements for the academic papers are:
• English language   
• A half page abstract
• A draft of minimum of 15 pages written in Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 lines
• Bibliography (minimum 5 references, see the rules for references in the attached document.
An abstract is expected by the 21st of October 2004. On the 25th of October you will have the final answer regarding the acceptance. The paper is expected by 1st of December 2004. The abstract and draft papers should be submitted at the following e-mail address: [email protected]   

DCP’s Caldeirinha Presents Case for Greater EU Involvement in the CD

In July, 2004 DCP’s Regional Director for Europe Claudia Caldeirinha gave a presentation to key EU experts and policymakers on why greater European Union involvement is needed in the Community of Democracies. Calling the current EU policy inconsistent, Ms. Caldeirinha argues that greater involvement would be consistent with EU principles and would serve to internationalize and enhance the profile of the Community of Democracies. The Conference entitled “Enhancing the European Profile in Democracy Assistance” was hosted by The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (IMD).
Nongovernmental Secretariat Presents Recommendations to
Convening Group

In July 2004 the NGO Executive Secretariat presented recommendations to the Convening Group Ambassadors gathered in Santiago for the quarterly meeting held on the Community of Democracies. These proposals cover such issues as criteria for invitations to the Community of Democracies meetings and democratization of the Convening Group.

To read the proposals, please click on the following links: Global Issues Group: Its Role and Proposals and Civil Society Participation at the Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies.

DCP Co-hosts two workshops on the CD process at World Movement for Democracy’s 3rd Assembly held in Durban, South Africa

DCP co-hosted two workshops on multilateral democracy promotion highlighting the role of the Community of Democracies, civil society, International Financial Institutions and the United Nations.

Read the report on Promoting Democracy Multilaterally: What can Civil Society do through the United Nations, International Financial Institutions and the Community of Democracies?

Read the report on The Non-Governmental Process for the Community of Democracies, Santiago 2005: Promoting Regional Dialogues Among Governments and Civil Society

Read the presentation given by David French, CEO of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, on the Community of Democracies, click here.

NGO Process Global Issues Group

NGO Secretariat Issues Final Report of CD Santiago NGO Process

Based on the final meeting of the Community of Democracies Santiago NGO Process, the Executive Secretariat has issued a final report to all governments invited to the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies. This document brings together the recommendations and proposals discussed at the final NGO meeting held in Santiago on 3-4 March 2005. The document first presents global proposals that address the overarching themes of international cooperation, political systems, corruption and accountability, civil society, and human security. The second set of proposals are based on the regional workshops held at the final NGO meeting as well as regional meetings that took place in the year preceding the 3rd Ministerial. For more information, please visit the official website of the NGO Secretariat.

NGO Process Global Issues Group

In an effort both to advise the governments of the Community of Democracies and also to strengthen the Community of Democracies process by making it more transparent and democratic, the Executive Secretariat organized a working group of non-state actors to think critically about the governmental process and develop proposals for increasing its effectiveness.

The group includes representatives from: the Democracy Coalition Project, the Council for a Community of Democracies, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Institute of Multi-Party Democracy, and the Executive Secretariat.

The group focuses on the following issues:

a)Strengthening the Democracy Caucus in the United Nations
b)Criteria for the governmental invitation process
c)Democratization of the Convening group (e.g. mechanisms of rotation, participation, transparency of decision-making, etc)
d)Formalize participation of civil society actors in Community of Democracies process, especially regarding the format of the Ministerial meeting.

The Global Issues Group based its discussion on a paper prepared by the Democracy Coalition Project with contributions and endorsements from Westminster Foundation, Institute for Multiparty Democracy and Council for a Community of Democracies.

Democracy Coalition Project

Over 100 governments participated in a landmark international political event in Warsaw, Poland in June 2000. In an effort to further consolidate their commitment to democratic principles, they agreed to endorse the Warsaw Declaration, which commits them to build a Community of Democracies as an association of democratic states dedicated to strengthening democratic values and institutions at home and abroad. Complementing the biennial ministerial gathering was a parallel nongovernmental meeting of leading democracy activists and thinkers from around the world. A Convening Group made up of Chile, the Czech Republic, India, Mali, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, South Africa and the United States organized a second ministerial meeting in Seoul, Korea in November 2002 and adopted the Soeul Plan of Action to deepen and sustain the commitments made in Warsaw; a parallel forum of civil society leaders was also convened in Seoul.

In the months leading up to the Second Ministerial, the Democracy Coalition Project worked with the civil society actors and convening group governments to assess which governments should be invited as full participants, which governments should be invited as observers and which governments should not be invited. The invitation list can be accessed by clicking here. To see a comparison of invitees between the the First Ministerial in Warsaw and the Second Ministerial in Seoul, click here.

The Democracy Coalition Project (DCP) seeks to monitor CD governments’ implementation of the Warsaw Declaration and Seoul Plan of Action through an assortment of ongoing activities. These include contributing to the Community of Democracies Ministerial Process in advance of the 2005 and 2002 meetings; actively participating in the parallel nongovernmental process; and pressing Convening Group countries to uphold criteria for participation in the Community of Democracies. DCP is also working to make the Community of Democracies a viable instrument for governments to promote democracy at home and through the institutions to which they belong, through means such as the Democracy Caucus at the United Nations and other intergovernmental institutions.