56 / Regional Security and Cooperation in the Southeastern Europe

26 June – 2 July 2006   print this page

Course directors:

Ken Sorensen, Florida State University, United States
Radovan Vukadinović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Anton Grizold, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Course description:

The South-East of Europe still represents the most turbulent part of the Old Continent. Even though classic military threats to security and stability have decreased after the war and mass military conflicts had finished, still this marginal part of Europe forms a fertile ground for various so-called soft-security threats. Analysts envisage two possible scenarios for the South-East of Europe:First, the optimistic one, according to which a higher level of functional linkage and regional cooperation among the countries of South-Eastern Europe should result in their faster inclusion into European modern development courses and future membership in Euro-Atlantic structures.Second, the pessimistic one, according to which, considering intolerance dating from closer of farther past, problems which they encounter in their attempt of social-political and economic-social transition of their post-socialist development, the countries of South-Eastern Europe will remain isolated from integration processes of the new European and global world order for quite some time. With regard to the NATO and EU, the countries of South-Eastern Europe have achieved different level of institutional linkage and possible actual cooperation. Countries of South-Eastern Europe, and especially the group of countries belonging to the Western Balkans, realize more and more that improvement in their bilateral relations as well as establishment of traditional functional ties, for which nowadays far better conditions exist than before, are the main preconditions for entering NATO. The seminar intended for young leaders, post-graduate students and Ph.D. candidates, younger employees in ministries and public administration, journalists and those who already deal with or will soon professionally deal with some aspect of international relations in the area of South-Eastern Europe, aims at studying and analyzing the whole complexity of problems encountered in the area of South-Eastern Europe. Its aim is also to allow younger generations to exchange their thoughts and perceptions and to incite them within the frame of workshops to express independently their own suggestions regarding swifter and more efficient solution of accumulated and complex problems.

Course lecturers:

Ljubisa Adamovic, Florida State University, United States
Lidija Čehulić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Radovan Vukadinović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Dragan Vukčević, University of Montenegro, Montenegro
Anton Grizold, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Iztok Prezelj, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jovan Teokarević, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, Minister of foreign affairs and european integrations, Croatia
Mladen Ivanić, Minister BiH, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Joseph Joseph , University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Drago Lovrić, Ministry of Defense, Croatia