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Political Science as an academic discipline in the Post-Soviet regions still has to be reformed in terms of the creation from down to up of the truly independent networks and associations. Old-fashioned associations, ruled still very often by former teachers of the scientific communism do exist at least in capital cities of the region, but in reality they are not known for the public and specialists and work mostly only on the paper. Among other social science disciplines political science is probably most important for the state and civil democratic developments, but at present, the discipline in the region is still far beyond the world leading standards. The lack of the collaborative networks in this sphere as well as the lack of the recognized scientific schools influences the quality of the political science teaching at the universities. The local attempts to overcome this backwardness should be supported by cooperation of the scholars living in the region and having similar problems. There is a great need in the creation of the network for the cooperation and the exchange of the ideas, methodology and methods of teaching in this sphere.

More than 200 participants from 8 countries of the CEP sponsored International Conference “Political Science and State Authorities Interaction in the Formation of the Political Processes in the Russian Federation and the New Independent States” (held on 1-3 November 2002 in Ekaterinburg and hosted by the Institute of Philosophy and Law, CEP – Russia and the Urals Academy of Public Administration) showed big interest in the creation of the new network in political studies. During the conference the Eurasian Political Studies Network was established.  

The Eurasian Political Studies Network (EPSN) is an independent bilingual (Russian and English) association which has a general goal in support of the teaching, curriculum development, training, research, personal contacts, and cross-national cooperation of academics in political studies, theorists and practitioners, graduate students, policy makers and professionals dealing with political science higher education in Russian Federation, New Independent States and Mongolia and throughout Europe and beyond. The network will support the exchange of the information, ideas, research and teaching methodologies in the field of politics. The network will expand the spectrum of the opportunities for intra-regional cooperation as well as finding partners outside the region.

The EPSN has an objective to reform the discipline that is still inhibited by old structures. The EPSN will unite preliminary junior, early mid career and mid career academics and professionals trained in the Western universities as well as a wider range of their junior and senior supporters in the region, those who are able to contribute to the higher education reforms in the field. The EPSN can give young and mid career scholars and professionals an extra chance to rise to the top, filtered through the selection process of peer review. The EPSN will also provide a contact information for regional scholars and professionals seeking partners in the research and in the higher education. The ESPN will promote the activities concerning political science students as main target group of future researchers, academics and policy makers. Using international experience the EPSN will elaborate the activities which can improve the qualifications of the faculty, develop curricula, and provide the expertise for the teaching materials and new courses in political science.

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