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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
"International Security in the 21st Century"
Co-sponsored by the Ashburn Institute, the Middle East Studies Center & the Center for Turkish Studies at Portland State University
April 9-11, 2015 (application deadline February 15, 2015)
The Ashburn Institute, in collaboration with the Center for Middle East Studies and the Center for Turkish Studies at Portland State University, will hold its annual graduate student conference in Portland, Oregon on April 9-11, 2015. The conference’s goal is to examine the challenges to international security, political order, and peace in the 21st century. We call for papers from graduate students from all relevant fields who are interested in addressing the following sub-themes:

  • Challenges to peace, political order, and security
  • Bilateral relations and regional cooperation: US-Europe, US-China, US-Russia
  • Conflict areas: Russia-Ukraine, Arab-Israel, Middle East, East Mediterranean
  • Religion and conflict: clash and alliance of civilizations
  • Energy security: competition for energy resources, global oil politics, natural gas politics of Russia
  • International political economy: economic challenges to international security
  • International impact of domestic politics: democracy and human rights movements

More information about the conference and how to apply