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Conference: The Balkan yesterday, today and tomorrow

On Friday (29 June), at South East European University in Tetovo, was held the first International Scientific and Expert Conference the Balkan Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow which was organized by the Institute for Political and International Studies – Skopje.

In his opening speech, the Rector of the South East European University, Professor Zamir Dika, among other things, said that "Euro-integration approach in the region during this period of history has changed several times in an attempt to reflect the very different meanings. And, today, the Balkans, as the name might provide a political background and new approach to the region thanks to these scientific perspectives”.
The Director of the Institute For Political and International Studies Prof. Dr. Ylber Sela, said “the organization of this conference, we would like to lighten the past and at once to offer a vision for the future of the region, historical side of the Balkan wars. The conference aims to combine thoughts and studies of the different actors of historical, political, economic, cultural etc. spheres. Through researches or analysis of the different actors of the science of history, politics and other social sciences we try to see the reality of 100 years ago, the reality today and in the forthcoming years of the future.”
Chairman of the first session of the Conference, Prof. Dr. Blerim Reka said the Balkan states have two options for having a better future, which are the creation of ethnic states and the establishment of a system of Benelux states with formal boundaries.
Mr. Demush Bajrami in capacity of chairperson of the second session of the Conference noted that originally, the word "Balkans", comes as a neutral term, but later takes a totally negative connotation, which will enter into political literature "Balkan mentality", "balkanized"," balkanization"... - Inappropriate and violent expressions.
The conference was greeted by the Mrs. Gudrun STEINACKER, German Ambassador in Macedonia.
The conference raised huge interest among researchers, where there were numerous papers presented, which besides the abundant information, that same time revealed views and approaches from different areas and scientific disciplines, complemented with aspects of interdisciplinary studies. In general dominated the remembrance, reflection and consideration of various factors and circumstances that accompanied the processes in the past and present troubled Balkans.