In the geographical and political classification after World War II, a portion of the Balkans secured an unobtrusive place as part of a common Eastern Europe perceived by the West as a homogeneous appendix of the Soviet Union; another portion was willingly included in Western Europe, something that would have been inconceivable under any circumstance other than the prevailing anti-Communist paranoia. In the Balkans themselves, the feeling of a certain Balkan commonality was pushed aside but never entirely submerged, and the priority of the self-designation and orientation followed an East-West axis. This paper discusses the implications of such a dynamic in light of the disappearance of a bipolar world.
September 1999 - The war in Kosovo internationalized the dilemma of democracy - how to treat non-democratic forces that act against democratic premises. Or, how tolerant can one be against intolerance?
We are pleased to announce that the 23rd JSTS meeting was held at the Aspen Wye Woods Conference center in Maryland from August 13 to 16, 2010. This meeting brings young scholars (MA or higher) together with mentors to review their work and help build their careers in the field of East European Studies. This annual training program is funded by Title VIII, the U.S. Department of State's Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union and co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER). JSTS offers junior scholars the opportunity to present their research to a multi-disciplinary group of their peers as well as a distinguished group of senior scholars in a series of informal sessions. Junior scholars also have access to senior scholars for one-on-one discussions of their research, advice on academic and non-academic job searches and publishing. JSTS alumni pool includes more than 300 scholars, many of whom continue to play integral roles in the field of East European studies.
December 2002- On November 28, 2002, Albanians all over the world celebrated Albania's Independence Day. President Alfred Moisiu; Prime Minister Fatos Nano; opposition leader Sali Berisha; the Prime Minister of Kosova Bajram Rexhepi; former KLA leaders, now party leaders, Hashim Thaci and Ramush Haradinaj; the leader of the Democratic Party of Albanians in Macedonia, Arben Xhaferri; and, representatives of Albanians in Montenegro and abroad, all gathered in the southern port of Vlore, where 90 years ago Albanian patriots declared Albania's independence. Such a gathering was seen by some politicians and analysts in the region as further proof that Albanians are working for the creation of a "Greater Albania."
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The European Studies program is now accepting applications for its Junior Scholars' Training Seminar - a scholarship opportunity for graduate students (MA and above) working towards a degree in the social sciences and humanities with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states. The application deadline has been extended until May 18, 2012.