European Peace Research Association (EuPRA)
8th EuPRA Conference
November 7-9 2013
EMU Culture and Convention Center
Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus

Conference Program

Building Positive Peace in Europe and Its Neighborhood

Europe, after major wars which led to long-lasting peace, stands as an example of a peace-zone compared to many other places on our planet. This makes the Nobel Peace Prize the EU received in 2012 more meaningful. However, the picture gets blurred as we take a closer look into the continent.

Within Europe, one would see increasing tensions between North and South, even East-West, and between the center and periphery within Europe and absence of sustainable peace within several European countries. There are mistakes as well as success stories as regards to how Europe has been handling the relation between states, minorities and socio-economically underprivileged groups within nations, economic inequality and the financial crisis, border questions, mutual respect and tolerance of difference (one of the main conditions for positive peace). The common foreign and security policy of Europe is also under heavy attack for failing to translate into a European foreign policy towards the rest of the world.

One would also meet several problems in Europe's neighborhood, problems as mild as an "uneasy" relationship between Russia and Western Europe (let alone NATO) and Turkey's lingering candidacy or as harsh as violent conflicts and/or high tension areas in Europe's peripheries, or its "border-zones" such as the Middle East. The last two years were also marked with several mass protests in Europe's neighborhood as well as within Europe itself. These issues are not only to be analyzed on their own right, but they invite analysis of issues such as the Schengen agreement and disputes over immigration and refugees, European countries playing "New Big-Power Games" in North Africa and the Middle East again as well as the causes and consequences of mass protests and Europe's reaction towards them. Moreover, although the EU stood out as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2012, major EU countries were also ranked as the major arms exporters in the world. So there are enough reasons to question to what extent the EU can be regarded as a "Peaceful Power" for itself as well as for its neighborhood.

The 8th EuPRA Conference will be hosted by the Department of Communication and Media -Studies at Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus between November 7-9 2013. The venue makes the focus of the conference all the more meaningful since Cyprus is a long-lasting conflict in the region, standing as a case study to take a closer look on Europe's capacity or lack thereof of building positive peace in the world.
We welcome all kinds of papers and presentations concerning peace in Europe and its neighborhood. Following list is an example of sub-themes of the conference:

• European Union and its Eastern neighbours
• Europe and the Middle East
• The Mediterranean: connecting or dividing continents?
• Causes, Consequences and Reactions to Mass Protests in and around Europe
• Cyprus as a frozen conflict
• The Arctic: a zone for peaceful cooperation or an arc of conflict?
• The economic crisis in Europe and what it means for peace
• The state of peace education in Europe
• The state and future of European peace research

Interested participants have the option of suggesting new panels or sessions.

As well as paper presenters, participants without a paper are also welcome to register.

Selected papers will have the possibility of being published either in an edited book or in the Global Media Journal Mediterranean Edition. (This Journal is a double-blind refereed journal, abstracted and indexed in the ProQuest CSA, EBSCO, listed in DOAJ and Ulrich.)

Submission of Abstracts: The deadline for submitting the abstract was October 15th 2013.

Participation fee is 130 euros for professionals and 65 euros for students, when paid before October 7th 2013. After that, until the conference the fee is 180 euros for professionals and 90 euros for students.

Accomodation: Rooms will be reserved from November 6th to November 10th (checking in on November 6 and checking out on November 10) at the Salamis Hotel ( for a limited number of participants. If you would wish to book a room via conference secretariat at conference special price, please fill in the registration form which also includes the pricing information and send it to the conference secretariat.

Travel Info: The conference will be held on the Eastern Mediterranean University campus which is located in Famagusta (Gazimagusa). Famagusta is a coastal city situated in the east of North Cyprus. The airport closest to Famagusta is Ercan Airport in North Cyprus, which however can only be reached via Turkish airports such as Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Dalaman, Ankara and Adana. Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet, Onurair or Pegasus Airlines fly to Ercan from Istanbul. If you prefer the marine-lines, you may take a ferry or speed cruises from Mersin, Tasucu, or Antalya (from Turkey) arriving at Girne (Kyrenia) or Famagusta Harbors.

The web pages of the airlines flying to Ercan via Istanbul are as follows:

Travellers may nevertheless also arrive via Larnaca airport in Republic of Cyprus (South Cyprus). They then have to cross the border to Northern Cyprus in Nikosia (eventually changing the taxi at the border).

1- The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is an unrecognized state by all countries except for Turkey. If you are coming via Turkey, be sure if you need (transit) visa for Turkey. If you are coming via Larnaca airport in Cyprus, be sure if you need visa for Cyprus. If you arrive in Larnaca, Cyprus, you will need to pass the border to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in Nicosia.
2- In North Cyprus, traffic drives on the left side.

Once your registration is complete you will be sent info about how to get from the airports to Famagusta.

For any questions concerning this travel information, please contact the conference secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program: You can download conference program from here.


Dr. Itır Toksöz, President - EuPRA
Doğuş University, Istanbul- Turkey
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Dr. Metin Ersoy, Secretary – EuPRA – Conference  Secretariat
Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus
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