CDRSEE Executive Director Zvezdana Kovac was a lead discussant in the EastWest Institute’s conference focusing on managing conflict in Europe, presenting the CDRSEE’s work and its impact as well as ideas for what more can be done in conflict management. She was joined by CDRSEE Board Member Dr. Dusan Reljic who also serves as Head of the Brussels Office of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
EWI gathered numerous policy makers, international ambassadors and members of the press on Sept. 25, 2014, for a morning dedicated to finding ways to reduce and manage conflict in its region and its neighbourhood. The idea was to look at how conflict was addressed in the Balkans, and use that experience to reflect on the current situation in Ukraine. In addition the group addressed European tools and instruments for conflict management, focusing on violent extremism.
Ms. Kovac was a lead discussant in the first session, which discussed “Ethnic and National Conflict: The Case of the Western Balkans.” The second session took the cases studied in the first and looked at the current crisis in eastern Ukraine, reflecting on the role that Europe and the EU have played there in the recent months.
Finally, Ambassador Martin Fleischer, Vice President and Director of Regional Security of EWI, moderated a discussion regarding Europe as a whole, called “Conditions for Successful Conflict Management in Europe: Tools for countering Violent Extremism and Managing Conflict”. This session involved all participants, many of whom brought up lessons learned in previous conflicts and warnings for dealing with current conflictive areas.