In Ancient Greece, the earth was divided into three separate pieces of land; Europe, Asia, and Africa. The boundaries were water ways. For instance, the Mediterranean Sea was the boundary between Africa and Europe; the Nile was the boundary between Africa and Asia. While the boundaries which separate Africa from Europe and Asia were clear, there was no certain boundary between Europe and Asia. That is why; thenceforth many inclusion and exclusion ways have been produced to describe the placement of Europe, Asia and Africa in the modern world.[1] From this point of view, we embrace the idea that wider Eurasia comprised of Europe, Asia and Africa.

With this embracement in mind, since Eurasia is the largest continent in the world, it therefore attracts the attention of states who want to dominate the globe. According to Brzezinski “about 75 percent of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for about 60 percent of the world’s GNP and about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources”.[2]

Based on this knowledge, Eurasia is passing a very critical threshold in terms of removing the uncertainties, building cooperation and partnerships among countries in Eurasia and among neighbouring continents. In this sense, the participants of this conference series aim to raise issues and challenges, the Eurasian continent is experiencing and also offer solutions to these pressing concerns.

The 4th International Conference on Eurasian Politics & Society is being organized by CESRAN International on 1st–2nd July 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.

[1] M. Bassin, ‘Russia between Europe and Asia: The Ideological Construction of Geographical Space’ Slavic Review, 50 (1991), 1-17, (p. 2).

[2] Z. Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, (New York: The Perseus Books Group, 1998).