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The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe
Drafts of new JHP volumes ready, under review
The Regional History Teacher Conference held in Podgorica was widely covered in the Media and drew more than 60 historians...
Prime Ministers of Albania and Serbia look to future on Okruzenje
PMs Edi Rama and Aleksandar Vučić came together for the first time in a TV studio as guests of the CDRSEE's "Okruzenje".
CDRSEE and EUROCLIO launch new ePACT project
A kick-off meeting of the CDRSEE and EUROCLIO project “ePACT” took place in The Hague on 18-19 February...
CDRSEE takes in-depth look at integration issues
CDRSEE officially launched its new research project on integration of minorities “Communities in Greece”....
Vicinities Europe offered on the website of the European Association of Regional Television (CIRCOM)
The Economist: JHP helps teachers gain "a broader perspective"
The international news magazine has recognised the importance of the CDRSEE and our work.
Highlights from the special edition of Okruzenje (with English subtitles) with the Prime Ministers of Albania and Serbia and the General Secretary of the RCC. For the whole show click here.
Education in Southeast Europe: Needs and Challenges from many perspectives. A production of CDRSEE.

Upcoming events:

June 2-7, Belgrade -- The filming of the first cycle of the new season of 'Okruzenje' will take place in Belgrade.
New season, new topics and great guests! Our TV talk show is back for its fifth season, following the great success of the previous years. Follow the project’s updates, as more interesting shows are about to come!

June 9-11, Vienna -- This Vienna event will host experts who will discuss history education reform and innovative pedagogical methodologies, as well as other topics planned for discussion and action. Bringing together a regional working group on Didactical Reform and the History Education Reform Group, the event will debate priority issues for a wide-ranging needs assessment for improving history education. It will also provide pilot training activities based on the CDRSEE’s innovate methodology ‘Teaching for Learning’, and lay out a scheme for pilot testing in schools in the Western Balkans.

June 15, Athens -- The CDRSEE, in cooperation with European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations will organise a roundtable in order to contribute to an informed debate on enlargement and to promote the benefits of enlargement to the Greek public. The roundtable will focus on media standards and freedoms in the Western Balkans within the framework of exploring the benefits that the process of accession delivers in supporting the emergence of a democratic media culture.

July 8-10, Ljubljana -- In the run-up to the NECE Conference in Zagreb, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and its international partners of the NECE group – Networking European Citizenship Education are planning a European Expert-Workshop in Ljubljana from 8 to 10 July 2016, in which Ms Kovac will participate. In the workshop, the ongoing European response to the issue of migration including the repercussions and divisions within and between European societies will be analysed and evaluated. The workshop also will deal with citizenship education and how it should react to the polarised debate and the controversies about migration, diversity and identity which have been triggered by the new wave of migration since summer 2015.

Who we are

The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that seeks to foster democratic, pluralist, and peaceful societies in Southeast Europe. We advocate principles of social responsibility, sustainable development, and reconciliation among the peoples in the region. We accomplish these goals via seminars, publications, conferences, research projects, exchange programmes, and opinion polls.

A few words from CDRSEE Executive Director Zvezdana Kovač

May 2016

Towards real reconciliation

This is an exciting year for the CDRSEE, a year which will prove that 18 years of diligent work of our respected Board of Directors, CDRSEE staff and numerous experts who have collaborated with us from the very beginning, was worth all the effort. The crown of our work, along with the anniversary of the 5th Okruzenje/Vicinities season, is the completion of our two new history workbooks. Two volumes on the most recent history (from 1945-2008) are being reviewed by eminent historians and experts, and we are happy to announce that the first critics prove that we did well when we dared to tackle the closest and the most painful period in modern times. We accepted the challenge and we confidently push ahead with it.

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Serbia and Albania - A step towards a European Future


“Despite animosity, unresolved issues, prejudice and stereotypes, the cooperation of the two countries is possible” Ms Kovac said, attracting the spotlight at the conference ‘Serbia and Albania - Towards a European Future’.

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Towards the Western Balkans Paris Summit in July 2016


Heading towards the Western Balkans Paris Summit in July 2016, the European Fund for the Balkans and ERSTE Stiftung hosted the Civil Society Forum in Belgrade on May 11-13.

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Serbian Education Minister says JHP books are an “example” for history textbooks


CDRSEE Executive Director Zvezdana Kovač took part in an influential conference on the role of education in preventing conflict, one of the foundations of the CDRSEE, as part of the 20th anniversary commemoration of the OSCE's The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities.

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CDRSEE in Madrid to participate in the YouthCAN Initiative


Extremist narratives and counter-extremism activism in the Mediterranean region were among some of the topics raised in the Regional Youth Innovation Lab that took place in Madrid on the 17th of March.

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CDRSEE launches migrant community integration research project


Honoured and proud, the CDRSEE officially launched its new research project on integration of minorities on March 15, called “Communities in Greece”.

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Personal angle - Back to the Future


A few words by Saša Kulenović, Project Manager at the CDRSEE
When I obtained my master degree in 2013, like any other young graduate who's suddenly catapulted from university to the job market, I began my personal quest for opportunities that could suit my skills and interests.

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