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Political Significance of Knowledge in Southeast Europe

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Date added: 02/16/2013
Date modified: 02/16/2013
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Ivo Šlaus

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Croatian Parliament, Zagreb, Croatia

The processes of globalization and transition are inevitable, full of dangers and threats, but offer enormous opportunities.
Surveys of public opinion show that citizens are not aware of the fact that their countries are governed by the will of the people and a large majority considers that their country and the world are not going in the right direction. Presently, knowledge is becoming a dominant political power. This article outlines a strategy for building a knowledge-based society to minimize dangers, avoid threats, and take advantage of most of the opportunities, bringing a concrete action plan for Croatia, applicable to countries with similar history and socioeconomic structure.

Developments, Current Status and Future Prospects of Education in South-east Europe

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Date added: 02/16/2013
Date modified: 02/16/2013
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Pavel Zgaga

The Importance of Education in Social Reconstruction
Six Years of the Enhanced Graz Process:
Developments, Current Status and Future Prospects of Education in South-east Europe

The Enhanced Graz Process celebrates its sixth anniversary. This is an important occasion since the Graz Process, which has subsequently been incorporated in the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe as the Enhanced Graz Process, has been one of the first signs that the European Union considers South Eastern European countries as future members of the integrated European family. Proclaimed focus on the capacity building, on strengthening social capital of each and every country in this region through strengthening its educational system and especially the potential to cooperate and learn from others, has announced a new stage in the type of assistance that the EU provided to the entire SEE.

Ten Years of Solitude: Turkey and the Western Balkans Require Practical Integration Measures to Bridge the Hiatus in the European Union Enlargement Process

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Date added: 07/29/2012
Date modified: 07/29/2012
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Author : Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Andrea Despot, Dušan Relji?, Günter Seufert

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. How can the EU safeguard nonetheless its position as the driving force behind conflict transformation in Western Balkan states, and how can it prevent European influence on Turkey, an increasingly important player on the international stage, from dwindling? It should ensure candidates' integration within as many EU policy areas as possible prior to accession, so that the stabilising and democratising effects of the EU's enlargement policy remain intact.

Context Analysis & Chronology of Security Sector Reform in Albania 1991-2009

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Date added: 03/17/2011
Date modified: 03/17/2011
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Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM - Albania)

The study analyzes the context in which the Security Sector Reform (SSR) has taken place in Albania since the fall of the communist regime. It is the first assessment report ever prepared on security reform covering Albania's two decades of transition. It has been conceptualized in three main periods, based on the social, political and economic perspectives that featured each phase during the process of Security Sector Reform.

Beating the Balkans blues

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Date added: 02/10/2011
Date modified: 02/10/2011
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There is clear acknowledgement by leaders of the Western Balkans that progress on a path of reconciliation and increased regional cooperation benefits citizens. EU representatives emphasise the need to see continuing progress by states in the region toward settling border disputes and conflict legacy issues including refugee and reconciliation problems. Rather than rush to welcome Western Balkan countries to the EU house, the Union would prefer to accept new members that have solved most of their historic problems. Effective legal regimes are a pre-condition for reconstruction and development. Yet much more needs to be done to drive reconstruction and economic expansion. Billions of Euros must be invested in transport, energy and communications infrastructure. Both tariff and non-tariff barriers remain obstacles to business in the region, and should be removed. And investment in education and innovation are essential to improve trade volumes and help spread employment and prosperity.

Countries in the Western Balkans have achieved remarkable advances, and for some progress toward long-awaited EU membership appears to be accelerating. But far greater regional integration is imperative, with or without the benefits of EU membership.