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May 11-14, 2010

THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council held its inaugural Research and Policy Forum on May 11-14, 2010 at Georgetown University and the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

The Research and Policy Forum had three objectives:

  1. To identify talented scholars with common interests from across academic disciplines so as to introduce them to additional perspectives on their research.
  2. To introduce young scholars to top non-academic professionals who also share these interests. Journalists from leading national papers, experts from think-tanks, congressional staff members, as well as DC representatives of international organizations like the UN Population Fund, NGOs and lobbying organizations will speak about how they try to shape policy, and how academics can influence the policymaking process.
  3. To offer participants the opportunity to meet with scholars who have successfully bridged the academic and policy worlds.

The focus of this Forum was on the resources used by Eurasian countries for energy, power and development. While the oil and gas sectors may represent the most prominent of Eurasian resources, the SSRC encouraged interested applicants to think creatively about how their work may apply to this topic.

Advanced graduate students and junior post-doctoral scholars or faculty were invited to apply to join this intensive four-day workshop. The Forum offered participants the chance to present and develop their work in consultation with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues, as well as with experts from both government and non-governmental organizations. The Forum also included a public event to give participants the opportunity to expand their networks while observing the application of academic analysis to policy debates.

This Forum was open to scholars of all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Proposals that demonstrated a readiness to apply academic skills and research to issues of critical, national importance were most likely to be chosen for participation. Applicants need not have already published in the topic of interest, but may use the Forum as an opportunity to explore new directions for future research.

Funding for the Research & Policy Forum is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Program for Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union.