Greek-Turkish Young Leaders Symposium (GTYLS) on Security
3-10 December 2020


Who should apply: Specialists in Internaitonal Relations and other relevant disciplines (MA students, PhD candidates, young PhD scholars, experts, and professionals), aged between 20 and 40 years or thereabouts, from Greece and Turkey. Proficiency in English is required.

Within the framework of the “Greek-Turkish Youth Partnership Initiative”, the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) plans to organize the 6th Greek-Turkish Young Leaders Symposium (GTYLS) on Security to provide a forum for study, dialogue, and networking for young Greeks and Turks. The CIES aims to ensure that tomorrow’s political, business, social, and academic elites construct a framework which makes dialogue a key and requisite component of the relationship and build trust between the two countries. Considering the current circumstances due to the Covid-19, the 6th GTYLS will be organized online via the CIES’s Zoom platform. Sessions will be extended over a number of days and be limited to three hours a day. An online version of the Peer-to Peer Workshop will also be held. Finally, there will be panels led by speakers and peer-to peer workshop sessions led by 2 trainers. The GTYLS will be held between 3 and 10 December 2020 in the form of six-seven 3-hour long online sessions between 18:00 and 21:00. There will also be 2-3 webinars to be held in November and December 2020 with experts addressing the current context between the two countries. The themes of this year’s sessions are “Greek-Turkish Relations: The State of Play”, “The Application of Liberal Values to Greek-Turkish Relations”, “The Role of NATO”, “Youth and Peace-building: A conceptual Framework”, “Young Leaders and Civic Engagement”, “Communicating Greek-Turkish Relations”, “Fact Checking and Fake News”, and an Unconference, a participant driven session.

Application and registration process:

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 11 November 2020. Participation is limited to about 30 people (15 Greeks, 15 Turks). Acceptance is at the discretion of the organizers. All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application within 5 working days.

Participants of previous editions of the GTYLS are also encouraged to apply.

To apply please complete this application form and attach in Word format a detailed CV in English.


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Please state why you wish to attend the Symposium (500 words maximum):


Participants are encouraged to initiate joint projects as a way to further cooperation after the Symposium. Please explain your ideas on how to promote alumni initiatives. (250 words maximum):


Please specify how you found out about the International Neighbourhood Symposium (e.g. name of website, CIES mailing, Alumni, notice board at university, etc.):

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Please do not include or send photos. Do not forget to attach your CV. The deadline for applications is Monday, 16 November 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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