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The ACADEMIC SWISS CAUCASUS NET (ASCN) is a programme aimed at promoting the social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus. Those involved in the programme believe that their participation encourages constructive debate on society, which in turn contributes to the region’s transformation process. The programme’s different activities foster the emergence of a new generation of talented scholars in the South Caucasus. Promising junior researchers receive support through research projects, capacity-building trainings and scholarships. The programme emphasises the advancement of individuals. Emphasis is also placed on international networking, thus promoting sustained cooperation among scholars based in the South Caucasus and those based in Switzerland.

The ASCN programme is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg. It is supported by GEBERT RÜF STIFTUNG.

Initially, the programme focused primarily on Georgia. It was then extended to include Armenia in 2011.

Scholarship for participation in ECPR Methodology Summer School

ASCN announces 2 scholarships for participation in the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, 23 July - 8 August 2015.

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4th ASCN Annual Conference

The Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Conference "Protest, Modernization, Democratization: Political and Social Dynamics in Post-Soviet Countries" that will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia on 4 and 5 September 2015.

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ASCN Alumni Network

ASCN launched its Alumni Network in December 2014 to further enhance cooperation among beneficiaries of the ASCN programme.

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Publication: How social sciences can contribute to changing a society

ASCN is pleased to present a publication on the issue of How social sciences can contribute to changing a society. This publication includes contributions by - among others - Wolfgang Streeck and Ghia Nodia. The brochure can be downloaded here in English, Armenian and Georgian language.