The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)—in collaboration with the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWC)—will be hosting a research symposium to bring together junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community to examine and discuss timely topics related to the frozen conflicts and unrecognized states in Southeast Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary approaches. Topics include: security and military cooperation; economic trends; environment and safety; human rights; cross-border ethnic issues; trade development; legal reform; and foreign relations. Research focus areas may include: Abkhazia; Kosovo; Nagorno-Karabakh; Republika Srpska; South Ossetia; and Transnistria.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the region. Grants will be awarded to approximately 10 junior scholars. The Regional Symposium is scheduled to take place in mid-April 2008 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and application materials, please visit the website of IREX's Regional Policy Symposium.