European Scholars Review

An independent forum for scholarly debate on all aspects of European Studies



Welcome to the European Scholars Review, 

We have established this site for the purposes of providing scholars in all fields of European Studies with a forum upon which to have their work critiqued and discussed by as wide a variety of contemporaries as possible. The ESR  project provides an opportunity for European Studies Scholars and Social Scientists of all stripes to publish their work and exchange useful criticisms and views on issues having to do with the history, development and influence of European and International Political and Economic Studies. The project focuses on the promotion and discussion of modern and current issues facing the international political and economic community which affect in many ways the lives of millions around the planet. Such issues may include the evolution and impact of economic instability and financial crisis, the reviewing of the administrative and institutional structures of Europe, the study of the causes and possibilities of reducing terrorism and social violence, as well as issues relating to regional policy-making and environmental protection. All contributions that help trigger a productive dialogue, such as small articles, monographs, journalistic accounts and all opinions are welcome. We especially welcome studies that implement methods that are broadly accepted and recognized by the academic community, such as comparative studies, case study analysis, theoretical and empirical analysis, statistical analysis, as well as studies that extract data from field surveys.The content of studies is not subject to censorship or any other intervention given that the authors observe the rules of ethical conduct  set by the site administrators. 

Submissions may be discussed in the forum section.

Interested in submitting an article?  We cannot upload word documents to the site, so please send your document in plain text, with references at the bottom, to


Since June 21, 2013, this site is temporarily made available to the Association for the Study of EthnoGeoPolitics (EGP), for its issues of its new journal Forum of ethnogeopolitics (in PDF or other formats)- see further announcement below. One can react to the journal's articles - some of those will become available online on this site - through the Blog entries, or by writing to the Some of the most insightful and interesting comments may be published as Critical Responses in the subsequent issues of Forum of Ethnogeopolitics.



ESR Administration Team



Announcement: new journal Forum of Ethnogeopolitics

31 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands
Since mid-March 2014, the Association for the Study of EthnoGeoPolitics (EGP) has its own website,, and its own email-address: Therefore, the issues of our journal Forum of Ethnogeopolitcs can now be freely downloaded from our own site.
We thank the board of European Scholars Review for the temporary use of their site.

With the highest regard,

Caspar ten Dam, secretary EGP

The  'Resources' page contains the 'maiden' issue of Forum of Ethnogeopolitcs (Vol.1 No.1, Spring 2013), which from this day is freely available in PDF-format  and for a reasonable price in print format in the very near future.
The first issue of the journal revolves around the main article by Dr. Kaveh Farrokh (University of British Columbia) on "Historical Misconceptions on Azerbaijan—A critical response to Congressman Rohrabacher’s Letter to Hillary Clinton", with critical responses from Prof. Thomas Goltz (Montana State University) and Prof. Evan Siegler (New Jersey City University), followed by Editorial Comments by B. Rezvani. This exchange is already a good dexample of the lively debate and enlightening feedback we wish to happen for other major contributions to the journal in the following issues. 
The first issue also contains several other noteworthy contributions, on State restructuring in Nepal by Pawan Kumar Sen (consultant at Interdisciplinary Analysts, Kathmandu), on Iran and the Karabakh Conflict by main editor Babak Rezvani, and on Turkey's political-economy by associate editor Servet Sahin.
This journal is a publication by the Association for the Study of EthnoGeoPolitics (EGP), informally founded in May 2010 in Amsterdam, and formally established by Statute in September 2011. The EGP's founders, Babak Rezvani (chairman), Caspar ten Dam (secretary) and Servet Sahin (treasurer), are at the same time the Main editor and Associate editors of the journal respectively. 
The aim of EGP is to further the study of and teaching on the cultural, social, ethnic and (geo-)political characteristics, processes and developments in different areas of the world, at universities, institutes and colleges in and outside the Netherlands.
Our initial focus will be on the ethnogeopolitics in Eurasia, especially in Central Eurasia (Caucasus, near Middle East, Central Asia) and Southeastern Europe or the Balkans. However, the Association’s research and teaching topics are expressly intended to cover in principle all possible regions, countries and localities in the world where aspects of ethnogeopolitics – a vital concept in the field of conflict studies – are salient.
To this end the founders offer their expertise, and wish to expand the association (and its activities) with more members and contributions to Forum of Ethnogeopolitcs, to appear three to four times per year, which hopefully will evolve into a fullfledged journal.
We intend to organise lectures and symposia, hold (guest) lectures ourselves, develop teaching modules, and strengthen and deepen our research, with (more) publications. The association’s Forum of Ethnogeopolitcs will include some of these publications, but is above all intended to elicit analytic debate by allowing scholars to air their views, perspectives and research findings - with critical responses from others who may hold a different view or research approach (submit articles and responses to
More details about the envisaged role of the journal, and its relation to the relevance and urgent need of Ethnogeopolitics as a field of study, can be found in the Editorial by Babak Rezvani.
We already cooperate with CERES (Center for Resource Studies for Development / Research School for Resource Studies for Development, http// Some of the said tasks we are willing to conduct without pay, while others need to be funded.
EPG’s first activitity was organising the 17 May 2010 symposium “Central Eurasia: Islam, Culture and Conflict” at the University of Amsterdam, with as main Globe Lecture speaker the world renowned Prof. John Schoeberlein (Harvard).
The EPG subsequently organised the Conflict Studies panels in the CERES Summerschools on “Global Governance, The Crisis and Development” at the International Institute of Social Studies (IISS) in The Hague (23-24 June 2010), and on “Sustainability after the Crash” at the Utrecht School of Economics (30 June-1 July 2011); B. Rezvani and C. Ten Dam were among the speakers on these panels.

Once more, we organised an “Ethnogeopolitics" panel in the CERES Summerschool on “International Development Studies: A Challenge for the Future?”, at the University of Amsterdam (Roeteseiland) on 25-26 June 2012.

In the upcoming CERES Summerschool "Global Gloom, or Development Boom" (same location as in 2012) on 24 and 25 June, EGP hosts the Roundtable on "Politicization of International Development Studies and Practice".

Hopefully, more experts will join the Association, help fund its activities with gifts and donations, contribute in

Forum of Ethnogeopolitcs, or become part of EGP's Advisory Committee.


Yours sincerely,


Caspar ten Dam, secretary EGP


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