Author: Mr. Elias Karavolias, AIGEO Scientific Committe Member. CONTENTS: Introduction 1.General description of the term ''Insularity'' 2.Main problems of the islands -Case study:South Aegean Islands      2.1 Islands' accessibility indexes      2.2 The special VAT regime on the Aegean islands 3. Proposals for Sustainable Island Development    3.1 Case study: Proposals for Sustainable Development of the South Aegean Islands 4. Balanced Sustainable Development between the islands and the metropolitan centers 5.References



AIGEO is announcing the 2016 cycle of seminars consisted by four (4) specialized rounds of training programs. Course are provided in house uppon request. AIGEO members have registration priority. Each round can be planned and performed indepentent f the others.

ROUND 1: International Markets and Politics

ROUND 2: Effective Communication Campaigns Communication and Media Studies use an array of specialised techniques and tools for the implementation of their objectives

ROUND 3: Workshop : Techniques of speaking in Public, on TV, on giving Interviews, in Debates Brief Comment

ROUND 4: Global Geopolotical Risks: Assessing Uncertainties in a Changing World

in more details:

ROUND 1: International Markets and Politics

Free market principles and command economy attitudes. Control of the Commanding Heights of the economy. Globalization and Democratic Capitalism. The Disciplined Democracy Model and Market Socialism. The West and the Rest: The USA, the EU and the BRIC countries. The Economic Emergence of Central Asia. The Islamic Challenge to the End of History The Aftermath of the Economic Crisis: Statism or Liberalism?

Comparative Political Systems Structural – Functional Analysis of Politics The Political System and the Society: Boundary Interactions The Articulation of Interests: Pressure Groups, NGOs and Institutional Cohorts The Aggregation of Interests: Political Party Formations Inside the System: Legislation, Executive, Adjudication Feedback Loop: The Role of Mass Communication The Overlapping Civic Culture Case Studies : USA, Britain, Russian Federation

ROUND 2: Effective Communication Campaigns Communication and Media Studies use an array of specialised techniques and tools for the implementation of their objectives

The aim of the course will be to discuss the methods employed to get successful communication campaigns off the ground. There is going to be a discussion of the discourse of politics in the past and in the present time and the role that communication and media play in its realization

Communications policy and the New Communication Environment. The media and the new social realities. The messages transmitted and the targets they aim to influence. Messages tuned to apply to average intellect. Politics is Communication. The Media live on messages. Consumer society and communication strategies.

Message Construction for efficient advocacy campaigns. Policy and strategy with a communication edge. Policy advocacy is the main purpose of the communications strategy, and it involves as an ultimate objective the promotion of a favourable environment for activities positively related to our policy strategy. The aim will be to increase the awareness of the general and specialised public concerning the benefits of the policy.

Paradigm of Message Construction (Competition in a Free Market Environment) The Essence of Competition. Competition Violations and their Aftermath. Problems of State Intervention in the Economy. The Message of Competition

Message Communication Initiate policy events on all critical issues. Stress the contribution of the initiating agency (Firm, Ministry etc) to the better functioning of the economy or the relative vocation. Expand your target audiences. Printed material must be easy to understand.Persuasion Techniques. Strategies for Message Penetration . Present news the way media desire. Messages should be coordinated. Relate stories to real perceptions. Effort is to change perceptions

ROUND 3: Workshop : Techniques of speaking in Public, on TV, on giving Interviews, in Debates Brief Comment

The course will most probably be rewarding for people interested to pursue business or public policies successfully and who aim to deliver messages clearly across a diverse public. Will also enable participants to get acquainted with the stimulating contemporary communications scene and understand its methods and tools. It will also be useful for those who wish to understand the logic and techniques behind interesting public cross arguments and deliveries.

ROUND 4: GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL RISKS: Assessing Uncertainties in a Changing World

•  The Analysis of Risk . Uncertainties Because of the Times. Uncertainties Because of the Dominant Culture. Uncertainties Because of Economic Phenomena. Uncertainties Because of Geopolitical Shifts

•  Uncertainty and risk . Everyday we run risks. In our days risk is a way of life. Consideration of any kind of risk necessary for planning movements and initiatives.

•  Uncertainties Because of Culture . Culture was always crucial for change and for the pursuit of progress. In our changing times culture is no longer a factor of education and progress and has become a mechanism for seduction and misguidance. The culture of today resembles a super store with its shelves full with new products triggering the appetite to consumer and live a dream life. These shelves, however, are renewed almost daily – thus preserving the consumer appetite alive and constantly unsatisfied.

•  Economic Risks . Volatility of Food Prices. Skyrocketing of Energy Prices. Considerable Losses of the Dollar. Slowing Down of the Chinese Economy (under 6%). Collapse of Stock Market and Financial Products. Pressures from Globalization upon Developed and Developing Economies. Lack of Investment in Infrastructure. Obstacles from heavy Regulation in the Economies

•  Geostrategic Risks . Shake Up of Europe(“America's Opportunity” – China's Withdrawl ). International Terrorism. Spread of Nuclear Power. Iran. North Korea. Instability in Afghanistan. Supranational Crime and Corruption. Israel and Palestine. Iraq. Collapse and Aftermath of Arab Spring. Vacuum of Global Governance.

•  SYSTEMIC RISK . Possible loss or destruction of the whole system rather than of one only of its units. Systemic risks grow because of interaction among the units, merely because of weak links within the system.

•  RISK AND INVESTMENT STRATEGIES . Companies today face increasing and complex problems of risk which were traditionally viewed as laying outside enterprenaeurial interest and concern. Insurance of business activity is often burdened with high cost if there are no risk assessment proceduresBrief: The course will be of interest to all those concerned with the character and features of modern social organization as well as students interested in the designation of modern business strategies and investment allocation.

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