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About AI

The Ash Tree, located on the homepage banner, represents Ashburn Institute's logo, symbolizing deep historical roots and multiple branches of global outreach to all nations, cultures, and ethnic groups. The Ashburn Institute promotes the ideas of democracy and transatlantic integration by organizing international conferences and engaging graduate students, scholars, and policymakers into a dialogue on a variety of topics related to peace, EU integration, democratization, and euroatlantic integration. In the past, the Ashburn Institute partnered with a number of universities around the world: Anglo-American University of Prague (the Czech Republic), Girne American University (Northern Cyprus), the University of Oklahoma (US), and Washington University (US). 
The diversity of our board of directors is the key to our success:
Dr. Robert L. Frantz. Entrepreneur, strategic planner, and a global traveler. Serves as Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Joseph Drew. Professor of Sociology.
Dr. Nejat Dogan. Professor of Political Science.
McCall Carter, JD. Works for the International Criminal Court, Arusha, Tanzania.
Dr. Bob Krone. Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California.
Mr. Walt Putnam. Retired international reporter for the Associated Press.
Advisory Board:
Dr. Kseniya Khovanova-Rubicondo. Director Ashburn Institute European Office

Upcoming Events

Graduate Student Conference
"Democracy, Political Order, and Stability: Regional Conflicts and Global Effects"
Co-sponsored by the Ashburn Institute and the Anadolu University’s European Union Research and Documentation Center and the Department of International Relations
June 11-12, 2016 (application deadline March 1, 2016)
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
The Ashburn Institute and the Anadolu University, will convene a graduate student conference on the topic of "Democracy, Political Order, and Stability: Regional Conflicts and Global Effects" in Istanbul, Turkey on June 11-12, 2016. The conference’s goal is to examine the challenges to political order and stability faced by democratic and non-democratic regimes. We call for papers from graduate students from all relevant fields who are interested in addressing the following questions:

  • Are democracy and political order compatible?
  • Should democratic values be sacrificed to ensure stability?
  • What are the sources of instability in democracies and autocracies?
  • How do international forces – globalization, international institutions, and non-state actors – affect domestic stability?
  • Does democracy guarantee or hinder economic development?
  • Which domestic institutions are more likely to provide political and economic stability?
  • Are democracy and political order compatible in the Muslim world?
  • Are international institutions a solution or a challenge to democratic institutions?
  • Do nuclear weapons ensure or undermine stability? 

More information about the conference and how to apply