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Young Scholars Research Conference: “Regionalism in Eurasia”

March 31, 2023 at 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM

Location:Online with Zoom.

The Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Relations is hosting a young scholars one-day research conference. The theme of the conference is “Regionalism in Eurasia”. The conference will be hosted as an online event.

Background: The region represents a unique geopolitical grouping of states whose historical legacies and institutional shapes inform the changes and challenges to cooperation. Eurasia provides a unique case study of overlapping regionalisms pursued by three core actors: the European Union, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

The research conference will be an interdisciplinary forum where junior scholars (graduate students and young scholars) from different fields come together and share their scholarship. This conference is held in an online format with presentations via Zoom. Speakers will present their research, receive comments from experts and questions and feedback from the audience. The conference will be free for both presenters and participants.

***Registration is required for attendance, please register using the form below.***

Draft agenda (as of March 14, 2023)

Biographies of all participants and presentation abstracts are here.

8:15-8:30AM (EST-Ottawa) 

Opening remarks and Welcome 

Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Relations, Carleton University 

8:30-10:15AM (EST-Ottawa) 

Panel 1: Regionalism: Role of external actors 

Chair:   Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Relations, Carleton University, Canada 
Speakers:  Karina Alpayeva, Master Student and Jessica Neafie, Assistant Professor, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan 

Perceptions of Chinese Threat and Kazakhstani Public Attitudes toward Chinese FDI 

  Nadezhda Tatkalo, Research fellow, Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Kyrgyzstan  

Pitfalls of the Russian Image Building within Eurasian Integration Initiatives in Central Asia 

  Hamed Kazemzadeh, Adjunct Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland 

Regionalism in the South Caucasus: Perspective of Russia’s role in Regional Conflicts Resolution 

  Beka Chedia, Associate Professor, East European University, Georgia 

New Regional Alignment in the Post-Soviet space: the EU as an Active Player in the Eastern Partnership Countries 

  Farrukh Khakimov, PhD Candidate, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan 

Dynamics of Regional Development in Central Asia and the Format of Multilateral Cooperation “5+1” 

Discussant:  David Sichinava, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Canada 

Break: 10:15-10:30AM 

10:30AM-12:00PM (EST-Ottawa) 

Panel 2: Regionalism in Eurasia: Migration and security implications 

Chair:  Vladimir Gorodkov, MA Student, Carleton University, Canada 
Speakers:  Vera Syrakvash, PhD Student, Polish Academy of Science, Poland and Karina Goulordava, PhD Student, Koç University, Turkey 

IT Talent Migration and Regional Competition After Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: The Case of Georgia 

  Anel Rashitova, Researcher, Kazakhstan and Dilovar Arabjonova, Researcher, Uzbekistan 

Reviving Regionalism in Central Asia: The Role of Recent IT Talent Influxes 

  Shamshod Khuseynov, Student, Denison University, United States 

Overlooked Considerations of Human Mobility: A Case Study of Labor Migration Between Tajikistan and Russia 

  Taalaigul Usonova, Senior Lecturer, International Ala- Too University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Ailuna Shamurzaeva, Researcher, Kyrgyzstan 

EU programmes fostering sustainable regional security cooperation in Central Asia 

Discussants:  Martin Geiger and Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Associate Professors, Carleton University, Canada 

Lunch: 12:00-12:30PM (Ottawa) 

Time: 12:30-1:30PM (Ottawa)

Keynote Address

Keynote speaker:  Tanja A. Börzel, Professor and Director of the Center for European Integration, Freie Universität Berlin 

Transformative Power Europe Reloaded? The EU’s Eastern Partnership in Europe’s Zeitenwende 


Time: 1:30-3:00PM (Ottawa) 

Panel 3: Regionalization processes and economic implications 

Chair:  Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Associate Professor, Carleton University, Canada 
Speakers:  Mengxue Peng, Master Student, Carleton University, Canada 

Competing Regional Cooperation in Central Asia by the EU, Russia and China 

  Mubin Abduvaliev, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, University of Nebraska, United States 

Great Games’ shifting balance in Central Asia in the context of Eurasia’s regionalism

  Ibrahim Mammadov, Master Student, ADA University, Azerbaijan 

The Rise of Trilateral Platforms in the Context of Increasing Central Asia-EU Trade: The Role of Azerbaijan and Turkey 

  Assylzat Karabayeva, Visiting research scholar, George Washington University, United States 

China-Central Asia Regionalization and Its Impact on the Central Asian Region 

Discussants:  Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Associate Professor and Jeff Sahadeo, Professor, Carleton University, Canada 

Time: 3:00 – 3:15PM (Ottawa) 

Concluding remarks

Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Relations, Carleton University

Jean Monnet Chair activities are co-funded by the European Union and by Carleton University. The research conference is co-sponsored by the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and by the Centre for European Studies.