New Perspectives for the CDRSEE

Climate change, at least in Southeast Europe, seems to have abolished spring and autumn. We seem to go straight from winter into the summer and vice versa. And so, after a long hot summer, the Balkans are still waiting for a little mild weather! And no, I am not referring to elections, the political climate, progress or lack of progress towards the EU, just the weather!

Chairman's conclusions

In follow up to the EU Programme for the Prevention of violent Conflicts endorsed by the European Council at Goteborg, the Greek Presidency convened a seminar in Athens on 5 & 6 May 2003 on lessons in conflict prevention learned from the Western Balkans. This seminar was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe.


The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) co-organised with ELIAMEP a conference entitled, "EU Conflict Prevention: Lessons Learned from the Western Balkans," in Athens, May 2003. Overall, the participants described the conference as very interesting and a great success. The Conflict Prevention conference brought together representatives of governments and international institutions to advance the on-going process towards EU conflict prevention, following on from a similar conference in Helsingborg in August 2002.

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Project objectives

The objectives of this project were to strengthen good governance, the rule of law, and the participation of civil society in the democratic process by expanding and upgrading the legal and political basis and practices of coping with the authoritarian past in the region.

To achieve the above objectives the project had the following general aims:

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The International Community until then had invested a significant amount of effort and resources in Southeast Europe to create institutions and mechanisms building up the region as an integral part of Europe. However, many of the problems that shook the Balkans throughout the 1990s still had not been resolved, and this project addressed one of most difficult issues: how to develop effective tools and mechanisms, programmes and strategies that would change a pattern of hostility and conflicts into co-operation and mutual respect for common values and principles?

Workshop 4

Projects | Junior Scholars Workshops

Workshop 4


The Fourth Junior Scholars' Workshop was held in Thessaloniki, Greece between 17-20 June 2004. Fifteen participants from the Balkans presented and discussed their PhD theses with five senior scholars, experts in the field of Southeast European history.

List of Participants and Dissertation Titles

Workshop 3

The third Junior Scholars' Workshop was held on 26-28 June 2003, in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was co-organised by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Sofia. Twenty Juniors Scholars met with six members of the CDRSEE's Academic Committee for three intense days of discussion.

List of Participants and Dissertation Titles

Workshop 2

Junior Scholars' Workshop 2 was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 29 June to 1 July 2001. Fifteen outstanding young scholars presented their doctoral theses for comment and feedback from their peers and from senior scholars.

List of Participants and Dissertation Titles

  • Nada Alaica, The question of national 'identity' on the Croatian Military Frontier in the 19th century.