The objective of the BookThe main objective of this book, entitled The Balkans Cooperation, Geopolitics, and Economic Transformations and Relations, is to use an interdisciplinary approach in understanding the politics, foreign relations, history, culture, and society of the Balkans. The (Western) Balkans countries have focused on the integration into Euroatlantic structures as part of a long-term transition. The great powers and regional external actors have increased their presence in the region, which further complicates the political landscape. In addition to that, a continuous association of the region with negative metaphors reflected in the destruction, ethnic hatred, divisiveness, backwardness, and radical nationalism, significantly inhibit the future of the Balkans. In this regard, this book aims to explore the democratization process, reconciliation, regional cooperation, and integration as inevitable alternatives to nationalism, extremism, radicalism, divisiveness, and hostility. Ultimately, the idea is to change the public discourse from a predominant focus on the past wars, divisions, and hostilities to start constructively thinking about the common Balkans future, which draws inspiration from the common culture, heritage, democratic values, cooperation, and integration. Also, the book will prepare readers to encounter the constructively present-day „balkanization“ of the Balkans that seriously threatens the peace, order, stability, prosperity, and security in the region.   

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Western Balkans Youth Conference, Hamza Preljević, Muhidin Mulalić

Balkan Studies Center (BSC) is pleased to announce the proceedings of the Western Balkans Youth Conference: Regional Cooperation and Integration (WBYS’20). The conference was held on July 10, 2020. The WBYC’20 has promoted a mission of the Balkan Studies Center for improving scholarship and research among young researchers worldwide. The WBYS’20 attempted to seek authors and papers primarily on the topics that tackle regional cooperation and integration. In this regard, the conference aimed to explore regional cooperation within the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the prospects of the Western Balkans countries in the EU, the Western Balkans post-conflict peace-building, the Western Balkans infrastructure, transportation, communication, telecommunications, energy, economic cooperation, and trade. Thus, the conference primarily aimed to explore realistic issues and challenges beyond the centuries-old conflicting issues of borders, wars, and divisiveness. One small step has been made to deconstruct the Western Balkans and to turn the discourse and attention to the universal, realistic, progressive, scientific, and liberal values. 

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Internship and training program at the Balkan Studies Center (BSC) offers practical experience and skills that will benefit you throughout your life. BSC offers you the chance to learn by doing in a setting where you are supervised by a work-place professionals. BSC helps interns to learn how their classroom knowledge applies to real situations.

Our programs are designed for foreign and domestic university students or recent graduates. The programs are intended for students with at least 180 credits. Students joining us as interns will spend 4-8 weeks working as integral members of BSC. After the completion of an internship every intern is entitled to a internship certificate which bears the supervisor’s and director’s signatures. Students may be eligible to earn credit for internships in case if students are enrolled in a major that requires an internship-type experience as part of their core requirements or as a elective academic internship course.

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On the occasion of the 25 November - Statehood Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina, we would like to convey our warmest congratulations to all BSC members, associates, readers, followers and to citizens of BiH who perceive BiH as their homeland. 

BSC sends best wishes for continued success as well as for the unity, peace, harmony and prosperity of BiH and its citizens.

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Na konkursu učestovali su učenici završnih razreda srednjih škola u Bosni i Hercegovini neovisno o njihovom prethodnom književnom iskustvu.

Komisija za izbor najboljeg eseja Centra za balkanske studije (BSC) Internacionalnog univerziteta u Sarajevu (IUS) u sastavu: dr Muhdin Mulalić (predsjednik), dr Ervin Kovačaević (član), dr Almasa Mulalić (član) i Hamza Preljević (član), donjela je jednoglasnu odluku na sjednici održanoj 28. marta 2020. godine u Sarajevu.

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On the occasion of the 1 March - Independence Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina, we would like to convey our warmest congratulations to all BSC members, associates, readers, followers and to citizens of BiH who perceive BiH as their homeland.

BSC sends best wishes for continued success as well as for the unity, peace, harmony and prosperity of BiH and its citizens.

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