CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

28 May 2012: Royal College of Defense Studies: Briefing on Greece and the Balkans, Thessaloniki

This event, hosted by the International Hellenic University (IHU), aimed at enhancing the understanding of the economic socio-political and technological issues facing the region through teaching and research. The CDRSEE’s Director of Programmes Corinna Noack-Aetopulos was invited to present the CDRSEE and its role in promoting education and critical thinking skills as the most valuable asset in forging stable relations for the future.

May 2012: Education Capacity Building Tour in Albania and Serbia

In cooperation with Education Forum from Serbia and the Center for Democratic Education from Albania, Professor Lorin Anderson from the University of South Carolina gave a series of talks at the University of Tirana, the University of Durrës and the University of Belgrade on the revision of Bloom's Taxonomy and the new dynamic teaching methodology tool...

14 May 2012: European Union Enlargement Process

CDRSEE board member Dušan Reljić has co-authored a research paper on the hiatus in the European Union Enlargement Process. Together with the co-authors, Andrea Despot and Günter Seufert, he argues that in the wake of Croatia's EU accession in mid-2013, it is probable that the Union's enlargement process towards Turkey and the Western Balkans will initially grind to a halt, possibly for a decade or more.

4-6 May 2012: Second meeting of the initiative "Dynamic teaching: knowledge and tools", Kotor.

A regional team gathered in Kotor to discuss the evaluation of the draft Methodology Manual. The manual is drafted by an international team of education experts from the Western Balkans, Cyprus, Germany and the US. It is led by Professor Lorin Anderson who is well known for his revision of Bloom's Taxonomy. The idea for initiating a regional knowledge pool for dynamic teaching is based on the regional work with teachers within the framework of the Joint History Project.

6 May 2012: International Expectations Following Elections in Serbia

CDRSEE Board member Dusan Reljic participated in a panel at the Media Centre in Belgrade on election night May 6th to discuss the expectations of the international community regarding Serbia’s future EU membership and the difficult economic and political changes it will need to pursue.

4 May 2012: "OKRUZENJE" (Vicinities): Final Broadcast and New Prospects

The CDRSEE together with the European Fund for the Balkans is pleased to announce that the final episode of the current affairs TV programme “OKRUZENJE” (Vicinities) has been aired on major national and local TV stations throughout the region. Not only was the programme an immense success-going beyond expectations-but it also created new future prospects: a publication in Serbian and English, a potential new follow-up series to be broadcast, and much more to come.

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.

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.

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) highlighted the importance of the programme in initiating debate on issues that are common to peoples of the region—a new approach to reconciliation.

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".