Young Eurasian Forum (YEF) 2018

JULY 25-26, 2018

The Department for International Political Economy of East Asia, Ruhr-Universität Bochum invites international graduate students (M.A. and PhD level) in the Social Sciences, Area Studies and Humanities to participate in the first Young Eurasian Forum (YEF). This year's theme is "Transboundary energy relations: Promoting cooperation and addressing conflict". The main goal is to assess and analyze energy relations within and between Europe and Asia. We aim to identify the most pertinent issues and address them from the perspectives of political economy, security, environment and society.
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Title: Young Eurasian Forum (YEF) on transboundary energy relations: Promoting cooperation and addressing conflict
Venue: Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Date: 25 – 26 July 2018
Organizing team: Diana Schnelle and Johanna Rust
Language for applications and during the workshop: English


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The YEF 2018 conference program can be downloaded here (PDF)

workshop advisors:

Dennis de Tray - Key Note Speaker

deTray Following a 12-year stint at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica California, Dr. de Tray joined the World Bank’s Research Department in 1983. He was appointed the Bank's Research Administrator in 1987 and moved to the Bank’s Latin American operations complex in 1992. His last assignments at the Bank were as Country Director for Indonesia, 1994-1999, and then Central Asia, 2001-2006. He is now Adviser to the President, and member of the Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University, a new English language university in Astana, Kazakhstan. He is also a principal with the Results for Development Institute and a senior non-resident associate at CSIS, both in Washington D.C. Since leaving the World Bank, his consulting work has included advising: the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan; the governments of Kazakhstan and East Timor; and the Aga Khan Development Network. Dr. de Tray, and his wife Mary, have lived in many parts of Asia: Pakistan (1977-1979), Indonesia (1994-1999), Vietnam (1990-2001), and Kazakhstan (2002-2017). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program, a Washington D.C. based NGO, and of the Buck Institute’s Advisory Council, a California based institute for the study of aging. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago. Dr. de Tray grew up in Kenya, East Africa.
Dr. de Tray's speech at YEF 2018 is available here (PDF).

Wang Shichen - Key Note Speaker

Shichen Wang Shichen is researcher at the Centre for East Asian Studies of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and PhD Candidate in Political Science at ULB and University of Geneva. His research interests include foreign policy decision-making, China-Europe relations and Chinese foreign policy. His publications have appeared in The International Spectator, Chinese Political Science Review, China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies, and East Asian Policy among others. He holds a master degree from University College London (UCL) and a bachelor degree from Fudan University.

Nicholas Trickett - Key Note Speaker

Trickett Nicholas Trickett is Editor-in-Chief of FPRI's BMB Russia, a daily news brief and blog covering issues of political economy and politics in Russia and Eurasia. He holds an MA in Eurasian studies through the European University at St. Petersburg. He has written for outlets such as The Diplomat, Riddle, Oilprice, Aspenia, Global Risk Insights, and the Washington Post. He focuses on energy security, economic foreign policy, Sino-Russian relations, and political economy across Eurasia more broadly, namely through the effects of the Belt and Road Initiative and the energy and infrastructure sectors. He will be returning to school for an Msc Research Track program in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics this fall.

Oleksandr Pidchosa - Workshop "The political economy of Euro-Asian energy relations"

Pidchosa Oleksandr Pidchosa holds a PhD in Economics and is an Assitant Professor of the Department of International Finance, Institute of International Relations at National University of Kyiv. He is visiting professor in TEI of Western Macedonia (Greece) since 2017. Member of the international expert and advisory group for PhD Workshops under YEF, Young Eursian Forum. Advisor of the IIR Center of Export Strategies since 2016. Program Coordinator of the IIR Global Sustainable Development Center since 2014. Assistant Editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Global Economy Review” since 2014. Jury member in «Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance» 2015, 2016, 2017 (Milan, Shanghai, Astana). Member of Higher Council of Ukrainian Association of International Economics. Author of more than 80 scientific publications and participant of more than 80 national and international scientific conferences, round tables, seminars etc.

Florentine Koppenborg - Workshop "Environmental impact and sustainability of Euro-Asian energy relations"

Koppenborg Florentine Koppenborg, Postdoctoral Fellow, Technical University Munich (TUM). Dr. Koppenborg holds the degree of a Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. In her PhD thesis, she investigated reforms in Japan’s nuclear safety administration following the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima and how they impacted Japan’s nuclear energy policy. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Japan’s nuclear energy and climate policy. She is working as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Hochschule für Politik München’s Chair of Energy and Environmental Policy at Technische Universität München, where she teaches comparative environmental policy, mutli-level climate governance and sustainable transformation. In her current research project, Florentine is working on a book manuscript examining Japan’s nuclear energy policy from 1955 to 2017.
Homepage Florentine Koppenborg

Timur Dadabaev - Workshop: "Euro-Asian energy relations from the perspective of society and public interest"

Timur Dadabaev is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Special Program for Japanese and Eurasian Studies at the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universtiy of Tsukuba, Japan. He published with Communist and Post-Communist Studes, The Pacific Review, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Contemporary China, Asian Survey, Inner Asia, Central Asian Survey, Asian Affaris, Strategic Analysis, Journal of Eurasian Sutides, Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies and others. His latest monographic books are "Identity and Memory in Post-Soviet Central Asia" (Oxon: Routledge, 2015) and "Japan in Central Asia" (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). His edited volumes include "Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan: Life and Politics during the Soviet Era" (Co-edited with Hisao Komatsu, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and "Social Capital in post-Soviet Uzbekistan" (Co-edited with Yutaka Tsujinaka, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Homepage Timur Dadabaev.