"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași
Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences
Department of Political Science, International Relations and European Studies
Department of Research

International Conference "European Union – Crises and Borders in XXI Century" IIIrd edition Iași, 17 of May 2019



Department of Political Science, International Relations and European Studies and the Department of Research within the Faculty of Philosophy and Social-political Sciences within "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași, organize in Iași, on 17 of May 2019, third edition of the international conference – European Union – Crises and Borders in XXI Century (EUCBXXI).


The conference encourages the change of ideas and interdisciplinary subjects between participants, trough new contributions, case studies, theoretical approaches, etc. The purpose of this manifestation is to sustain and encourage the academic debate, as well as the creation of research networks at national level, between students, PhD candidates or specialist interested in the subjects of the conference. The format of the event will include two distinct sections dedicated to bachelor students as well as master students (debates) and another one, which will deepen the subjects and the interests debated by PhD candidates, postdoctoral students, researchers, specialists or teaching staff. Also, depending on the number of the participants, the diversity of the subjects and their proposals, there could be organized thematic panels and workshops, the details will be announced on time. There is also the possibility of a dialogue by videoconference (Skype) presentation of papers and / or debates on the topics discussed.

Target groups

Bachelor students, master students, PhD candidates, researchers, specialists in political science, security studies, international relations and European studies, law, sociology, history, cultural studies, journalism, political anthropology, social or political geography, etc.



The European Union is passing through an endogenous poli-crises which is emphasized by exogenous features originated in the new geostrategic architecture of contemporary world. Thus, the economic crises overlaid on the necessity of a new social contract needed to re-legitimize European Union among its own citizens should be managed in a context of a recalibration of the international balance of power. Issues and events, like the conflicts in the neighborhood of the community, the impact of immigration or redefining relations with traditional partners, negotiations with emerging powers under full resurrection of nationalism is proposing a variable geometry of the EU borders. Conference European Union - Crisis and Borders in the XXI Century aims to identify and analyze in a broad perspective challenges facing the European Union as well as provide a comprehensive picture of the extent to which the Union must be reformed / transformed in order to meet current challenges.
We expect contributions which relates to topics such as, and not only these:

  • History of European Integration
  • EU – institutions and politics
  • European Neighborhood Policy – Eastern Partnership, Southern Neighborhood
  • Coping with the Rise of Populism, Nationalism and Racism
  • EU Elections 2019 – a new "battle for Europe"
  • Migration and European Societal Integration Challenges
  • Democracy and Rule-of-Law Concerns
  • Countering Terrorism
  • European Security Concerns
  • EU – US / Russia / China Relations
  • Emerging Threats to European Security
  • Geostrategy of the Black See Region
  • Turkey – Strategic Partnership?
  • EU and the Western Balkans
  • European Agenda for Security – the need for synergy and further cooperation
  • European Values
  • Securing EU Borders
  • Brexit

Submission of the summaries/articles
The interested participants must send an abstract of 200 words and a short Bio (100 words) at until 1st of May, 2019.
The abstracts must be written in Word format (doc., .docx) or PDF with the following information, in this order:

  • author(s), b) affiliation, c) e-mail address, d) title, e) summary.

The authors of the accepted proposals will be announced until 6th of May, 2019.
The full articles for publication must be submitted until 31st of May, 2019.


The Scientific Committee:

Professor, PhD, Conțiu Tiberiu ȘOITU, Dean
Associate Professor, PhD, Bogdan ȘTEFANACHI, Vice Dean, Director of the Research Department
Professor, PhD, Virgil STOICA, Director of the Department of Political Sciences, International Relations and European Studies
Professor, PhD, George POEDE
Researcher, PhD, Alexandru MURARU
Lecturer, PhD, Simona VRÂNCEANU
Lecturer, PhD, Diana MĂRGĂRIT
Lecturer, PhD, Ovidiu GHERASIM-PROCA
Lecturer, PhD, Ana Maria ANDRONACHE
Lecturer, PhD, Bogdan MIHĂILESCU
Lecturer, PhD, Corina BARBAROS
Lecturer, PhD, Silviu GRECU
Lecturer, PhD, Olesea ȚARANU


There is the opportunity of publishing the conference papers in a collective volume, indexing in international data bases or in the Scientific Annals of "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi (New Series) POLITICAL SCIENCE, the scientific journal of Department of Political Sciences and International Relations and European Studies. The Journal is index in international data basis (Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL), Index Copernicus, SCIPIO, EBSCO). https://anale.fssp.uaic.ro/index.php/stiintepolitice/index
The organizers do not charge participation and publication fees.
Travel expenses will not be refunded or covered by the organizers and are exclusively the responsibility of the participants.

Author Guidelines

Articles, written in English, will be 3000-7000 words long (including abstract, key words, notes and bibliography). They must be accompanied by an abstract that should not exceed 300 words. The abstract will be followed by no more than six key words.
All contributions must be edited in Microsoft Word (.doc file format), using Times New Roman, 12, A4 format, single-spaced.
Texts and all relevant information will be sent to the following e-mail address:
1. TITLE in English (capital letters, Times New Roman, 14, centered);
2. FIRST NAME and SECOND NAME (capital letters, Times New Roman, 12, Italic, aligned to the right)
3. Contact data as footnote, one for each author: academic title, name of department and institution with which the author is affiliated, e-mail address; acknowledgements, if necessary;
4. Abstract in English: 150-300 words, Times New Roman, 12, Justified, as for the text of the article;
5. Key words in English: no more than six words, Times New Roman, 12;
6. Body text: Times New Roman, 12, Justified;
7. References, without numbering;
8. Pages should not be numbered.
Tables and images:
1. Tables and images (figures) will bear a title and will carry Arabic numbers (e. g. Table 1, Figure 2); the source must be mentioned under tables and figures.
2. Image quality should be printable. Please avoid scanned or low-resolution images.
4. Table or figure title must be written in capital initial letters and placed in front of the table.
General style recommendations:
1. Title/subtitle of a section should be marked in bold, aligned to the left.
2. Numbering should use Arabic numerals;
3. Please avoid very short or one-sentence paragraphs;
4. Use only italics for emphasis in text; never underline;
7. All acronyms will be accompanied by the full title or name which they abbreviate when they appear in the text for the first time, even those which are frequently used (UK, EU, etc);
8. Footnotes will be used only for remarks and collateral explanations, and not for bibliographic references;
10. Do not space punctuation marks from preceding text; please space punctuation marks from subsequent text.
Citation and references:
Citation and references will comply with the APA style publication requirements (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association), by using in-text citation enclosed within parentheses (author-year citation system).
For instance, a book with only one author will be cited in the text by mentioning the author`s name followed by the year of publication (Galston, 2018; Lijphart, 1994) and, if necessary, the page where the cited information can be found (Rustow, 1970, p. 68).
Comprehensive bibliographic references should be placed at the end of the article.
Example references:
Galston, W. A. (2018, March 8). The rise of European populism and the collapse of the center-left. Brookings. Retrieved from https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/03/08/the-rise-of-european-populism-and-the-collapse-of-the-center-left/
Lijphart, A. (1994). Electoral systems and party systems: A study of twenty-seven democracies 1945-1990. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Mungiu-Pippidi, A., & Munteanu, I. (2009). Moldova`s "Twitter Revolution." Journal of Democracy, 20(3), 136-142.
Rustow, D. (1970). Transitions to Democracy. The Journal of Comparative Politics, 2(3), 67-72.


Useful links:

The Basics of APA Style
Purdue APA Formatting and Style Guide