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.
Round Tables & Congresses
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.
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.
A Round Table on the results of the recent general election held in Turkey on 1 November 2015 was organized at the Senate Room of the International University of Sarajevo by its Balkan Studies Center (BSC) and the Law Faculty on Friday, November 13, 2015. The Round Table moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Çaksu, Director of BSC had casual discussions and exchange of ideas by members of IUS academic and administrative staff, including the rector of IUS. The Round Table firstly analyzed and evaluated election results as well as voters behavior in detail.