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BSC Round Table 6 – 2013 Census in BiH

On Friday, 22nd of January 2016, the Balkan Studies Center (BSC) organized the Round Table 6: "The Last Census held in 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina" in the Senate Room in the International University of Sarajevo (IUS). This Round Table was attended by the Rector of IUS, Prof. Dr. Yücel Oğurlu who expressed his opinion regarding this topic. Participants had an opportunity to discuss and analyze the distribution of ethnic groups as it is known to them roughly (since the population census was based on ethnicity). Also, they expressed their views on the reasons why the census results have not yet been declared officially, although the census was held in 2013. In this context various factors like political considerations as well as the methodology of the census were discussed.  Finally, the participants dwelled on major impact and implications of the census in terms of political legitimacy, future claims and demands for autonomy and separation. The Round Table was moderated by the Coordinator of the Balkan Studies Center (BSC), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Caksu.

First Psychology Festival completed at IUS

First Psychology Festival was officially opened at the International University of Sarajevo on September 28, 2015.  Opening speeches at the Festival gave: Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhidin Mulalić, President of the Association of Psychologists of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Assist. Prof. Dr. Dženana Husremović, President of the Branch of psychologists in Sarajevo, Assist. Prof. Dr. Sabina Alispahić and Emeritus Professor Ismet Dizdarević, an honorary member of the Organizing Committee. Senior Assistant at the Psychology Program of FASS, Alma Jeftić gave support in the organization of the festival.

BSC Round Table on - Albanians and their Political Future in the Balkans

Balkan Studies Center held its 5th Round Table session on Friday, 18th of December 2015 in IUS Senate Room. Lejla Ramić-Mesihović, Executive Director of the think-tank Foreign Policy Initiative in Sarajevo delivered a short talk on the issue after which all participants proceeded with questions and answers during the discussion session. Among the wide range of issues discussed about the Albanians in Yugoslavia, the current situation of Albanians in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro where aim of this Round Table and participants talked about their vision of the Kosovo issue, relations between Kosovo and Serbia, changing perceptions of civil society and NGOs, prospects of joining NATO and EU and more. At the end of the session, participants discussed about an idea of Greater Albania, Albanians as a prospective source of peace and stability.

BSC Round Table on the New Government in the Federation of BiH

Balkan Studies Center held its 4th Round Table on the 11th of December 2015 in IUS Senate Room. The Round Table discussed various aspects related to the newly established government, including prospects of improvement and success in certain fields like political stability and economic development, demographic situation and developments in the tourism sector. Active discussions carried out by the participants also dealt with challenges and some problems as well OHR’s possible intervention with regard to actions by some political actors who do not cooperate with others on governing the country.

“Ortadoğu Nereye Gidiyor? ve Suriye Krizi” (Where is the Middle East Heading? and the Syrian Crisis)

Balkan Studies Center hold its 2nd and 3rd Round table together on the 27th of November 2015 in IUS Senate Room, due to the tight schedule of the speakers who came from Ankara, Turkey. Firstly, Prof. Dr. Birol Akgun, head of International Relations Department at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara delivered a brief talk on the “Crisis of Governance in Global System and the Case of Balkans”. He stated that after the collapse of a bipolar international system, there is a sort of transition to a multi-polar system. However, due to a decline in the US hegemony, there is a kind of power vacuum which leads to uncertainty and even sometimes chaos, as witnessed in the Middle East. He also mentioned the influence of the decline of liberal norms and policies on the global system and discussed future possibilities such as the rise of Neo-Keynesianism, illiberal democracies or non-democracies.