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Stabilization and Progress in the Western Balkans

Proceedings of the Symposium 2010, Basel, Switzerland September 17-19


Edited By Dusan Simko and Ueli Mäder

For more than a decade, the Balkans have been a centre of crisis – armed conflicts have brought death, expulsion, destruction and untold suffering to the people. The postwar efforts of the West have failed to bring lasting stability and real progress so far.
The Symposium at Basel University was an interdisciplinary event where complex issues were elucidated by historians, geographers, sociologists and political scientists. The event enabled East and West European scholars and their American counterparts to exchange their somewhat divergent views. The speakers covered a broad range of subjects: historical causes, aspects of postwar economic and social development as well as sociocultural consequences of the democratization process. Special attention was devoted to the situation of minorities, the refugee problem and the security situation in the fragile states of the West Balkans and also to the responsibility of the EU and USA for the general stagnation in the area.
The Symposium was intended to illustrate differing interpretations of the events of the past ten years and to encourage discussion between speakers and participants at the event.


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7List of Participants Prof. Dr. Dušan T. Batakovi Embassy of Serbia, Paris, France Prof. Dr. Marie-Janine Calic The Faculty for History and Cultural Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany Dr. Rozita Dimova Department for Slavic Languages and Cultures, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany Dr. Aleksa Djilas Belgrade, Serbia Dr. Jason Dittmer Department of Human Geography, University College London, England Prof. Dr. Charles Ingrao Department of History, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA Dr. Alex Jeffrey The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, England Dr. Lucy Koechlin The Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland Prof. Dr. Ueli Mäder The Institute of Sociology, University of Basel, Switzerland Dr. Milan St. Proti Embassy of Serbia, Bern, Switzerland 8Prof. Dr. Jan Rychlík The Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republik Dr. Ivo Samson The Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava, Slovakia Dr. Miroslav Svirevi Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade, Serbia PD Dr. Dušan Šimko Department of Human Geography, University of Basel, Switzerland Dr. Julie Vullnetari The Centre of Migration Research, University of Sussex, England List of Participants

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