27-29 April 2012: "Shaping the future of the SEE Countries", European Forum Alpbach Network South Eastern European Regional Conference, Prizren


The CDRSEE was invited to take part in a European Forum Alpbach Network South Eastern European Regional Conference organized by the Initiative Group Alpbach Kosovo for the promotion of European values and an exchange of experiences.

The goals of the conference included an assessment of civil society and other actors influencing the future of the region and suggestions for shaping trends; assessment of the EU integration process and the position of the region; elaboration of the development of civil society (role and cooperation with state actors in the integration process); increasing cooperation and sharing experiences. Panellists included Dr Franz Fischler (President of the European Forum Alpbach), Mr Petrit SELIMI (Deputy Foreign Minister of Kosovo), Mr. Khaldoun Sinno, the Head of Political, Economic and EU Integration Section at the EU Office in Kosovo and Ms Besa LUZHA from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Prishtina Office.

The conference was supported by the European Forum Alpbach, Vienna, Austria and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo.


18-29 April 2012 - "Supporting Excellence and Leadership in Governance", Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans, Potsdam

CDRSEE Executive Director Nenad Sebek was invited to moderate a session on administrative reform in the Western Balkans together with Ms Petra Blass Rafajlovski, Former President of the German Bundestag Senior Consultant, within the framework of the Introductory Seminar which gathered fellows and provided insight into the current social and political - global, European and Balkan challenges and opportunities through lectures and meetings with senior decision makers and prominent academics. 

The Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans organised by the European Fund for the Balkans EFB is a programme dedicated to the development of effective and efficient state administrations in the region by offering a tailor-made fellowship and training programme for highly qualified young professionals from the central government (including entity and cantonal level government in Bosnia Herzegovina and regional level government of Vojvodina in Serbia) of the countries of the Western Balkans. 


10 April 2012: "OKRUZENJE" (Vicinities): Reverberations in the Media

Following the launch of the new current affairs TV programme "OKRUZENJE" (Vicinities) on 30 March 2012 and in light of the success of its first debate broadcast on 2 April 2012, Studio B TV (Serbia), Westdeutsche Rundfunk (Germany), and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC), an online news provider and research centre devoted to social and political change in South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus, highlighted the importance of the programme in initiating debate on issues that are common to peoples of the region—a new approach to reconciliation. 

The authors of the programme emphasize their intention to avoid encouraging the Yugo-nostalgic attitude. Please click here for the Westdeutsche Rundfunk interview and click here for the OBC interview of Nenad Sebek, Executive Director of the CDRSEE.

2 April 2012: Broadcasting of Current Affairs TV Programme OKRUZENJE (Vicinities) Begins

Following the highly successful press conference held for the five-series TV programme on 30 March 2012, major national and local TV stations throughout the region (Studio B, TV Vranje and TV FORUM in Serbia, BHRT and RTRS in Bosnia and Herzegovina, TV Vijesti in Montenegro, TV Kapital network in Croatia and Alsat-M TV in the FY Republic of Macedonia) will start broadcasting, on a weekly basis, the debates on the topics of "Stereotypes", " How to survive: the Economic Crisis", "Media", "The Great powers and Us", and "To be Young and to Live in the Balkans". 

The first debate will be broadcast on 2 April 2012 on the topic of “Stereotypes” and special guests will include Literary Critic Bozena Jelušic from Budva, Historian Dubravka Stojanovic from Belgrade, Cultural Anthropologist Sandi Blagonic from Zagreb, and Political Scientist Šaćir Filandra from Sarajevo.


30 March 2012: Official Launch of the "Similarities Between Differences" Current Affairs TV Programme in Belgrade, Serbia

The CDRSEE together with the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) is proud to announce the presentation of its five-series TV programme "OKRUZENJE" (to be broadcast starting 2 April 2012 on major national and local TV stations in five countries throughout the region) at a momentous press conference to be held on 30 March 2012 in Belgrade. For the first time, regional partners have combined their efforts to create a current affairs programme that has all the makings of a highly successful approach to reconciliation by addressing inflammatory issues through constructive debate.

14 March 2012: Prime Minister Igor Luksic welcomes the Joint History Project at the Launch of the Montenegrin language edition, Podgorica, Montenegro


Montenegro is another country to have joined the Joint History Project and to offer its teachers and students a new manner of understanding history in the Montenegrin language. This high-profile launch was attended by the Montenegrin Prime Minister Igor Luksic, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro Leopold Maurer, Dr Erhard Busek, Chair of the Board of Directors, Montenegrin Minister of Education and Sports Slavoljub Stijepovic, Montenegrin Minister of Science Sanja Vlahovic, Marko Jokic, Chair of the Board of the State Textbook Publishing House - Podgorica (representative of our partner and co-publisher), and local language editors Dragutin Papovic and Zvezdan Folic.

Also present at this event were diplomatic corps representatives of international organizations in Montenegro, NGOs, teacher associations, historians and journalists. The successful launch of the JHP Language Edition in Montenegro is exemplary of the fruitful cooperation between the public sector and civil society that places the citizen right at the forefront of societal development. This event was largely heralded in the media.

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16-18 December, 2011: History Education Meeting in Belgrade, Serbia


The Joint History Project's History Education Committee finalised its push to expand this highly successful history book series to cover more recent times.

During a two-day meeting in Belgrade, the editors and contributors discussed the publication within a larger circle of participants and received input from a renowned international expert in the field of Southeast European History.

The fruitful meeting was the last in a series of three meetings made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Institute for Sustainable Communities.


2-4 December: Dynamic Teaching Tools Concept Meeting in Thessaloniki


Some of the most accomplished educators and researchers from the region and from the United States gathered in Thessaloniki to create the framework for a new dynamic teaching methodology tool. This talented, multi-faceted group will ultimately publish a manual that will provide teachers with the latest research on teaching methods and ideas on how these methods can be used in their classrooms.

While this project builds upon CDRSEE's highly successful Joint History Project, the information and ideas within will not be limited to history classes, but rather will be focused on the art of teaching in a rapidly changing society.

The manual will be translated into six different languages. This was the first meeting, with the next scheduled for spring 2012 in Tirana.

The project is funded by the European Union, under the IPA Programme.