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 The Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA)  

First Global Symposium on Public Policy and Administration in the Middle East 

St. Petersburg, Russia  

Minority Rights and the Role of Public Administration in the Middle East 

Hosted by the St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia 

The Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) is pleased to announce its first global symposium to be hosted by St. Petersburg State Technical University in Russian on September 19 and 20, 2014. We are asking scholars both in the Middle East and around the world to participate in this important inaugural symposium and be part of a scholarly movement dedicated to public policy and civil society in different countries of the Middle East.   Scholars are encouraged to submit their proposals in English to the conference chair, Dr. Vadim Atnashev at no later than August 10, 2014. Please limit your abstracts to no more than 500 words. Individual paper proposals should be approximately one page, identify a recommended symposium track, and include the title of the paper, a description of the paper and the underlying research, and the names, institutional affiliations, and contact information of the authors. 

Minority Rights and the Role of Public Administration in the Middle East  

The process of globalization has brought about great changes in all regions of the world, almost in all countries. The consequence of globalization had positive and negative impacts on ethnic, religious, and migrating communities in the Middle East, creating tensions, intolerance, mistrust, ultra-nationalism, and conflict. The symposium encourages scholars to discuss any of the following sub-themes while addressing minority rights and the role of public administration in the Middle East:

- The role of public policy and administration institution in maintaining social stability
- Ethnic, religious, and other minority groups’ rights in today’s society
- Issues of access and empowerment by minority groups
- Integration, assimilation, and self-determination
- Resolving the issues of Diasporas. 

Registration Fees and Expenses 

In line with AMEPPA’s commitment to expand public service activities in the Middle East, symposium participants will not be charged with either membership or symposium registration fees. However, we strongly encourage you to join AMEPPA (which remains free of charge). Participants are responsible for organizing their own travel and lodging arrangements, and for covering the costs and expenses associated with such arrangements.  


Once proposals are accepted, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University will send you an official invitation to obtain visa for visiting Russia.  

Publication Opportunity  

Participants are invited to submit their papers to AMEPPA’s peer review journal The AMEPPA Chronicles, or the academic journal of St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University. Participants can also submit their completed papers to be considered as chapters in AMEPPA’s second book on governance scheduled to be published by Cambridge Scholars.  

About the St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University

St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University was founded in 1899. Recently its name changed to the National Research University, but still is known as St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University. The university is recognized by Russian and international scholars in the field of higher education in engineering and economics and remains at the leading ranking institution in Russian higher education in engineering. The university has 30197 undergraduate and graduate students. 3056 of them are foreign citizens, representing 98 different countries. The university offers 38 Bachelor Degree programs, 188 Master Degree programs, 90 PhD programs, and 90 Doctorate programs. There are also a number of non-degree and international educational programs. The university also partners with 327 other universities around the world, 131 research institutions, and 172 corporations in more than 55 countries. For more information on the university please visit 

About St. Petersburg  

St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is known for its beautiful architecture, urban design, and scenes. Among its sites are the Mariinsky Opera anf Ballet House, the Hermitage Museum and the Russian Museum. For more information on the city please visit 

Additional Information 

For additional information about the symposium or its venue please visitAMEPPA website at or contact symposium chair, Dr. Vadim Atnashev at or AMEPPA President Dr. Alexander Dawoody at