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The Role of Justice in Reconciliation in Bosnia…

Maruša Rosulnik Ljubljana, August 2008 Introduction An end of a conflict is a beginning of a new path leading to peace and reconciliation. One of the means employed on the road...

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Family memories

Kaja HaelbichHamburg, Germany In our course "Understanding Internal Dynamics of Societies in Conflict" we started to engage in the topic of Israel Palestine conflict by talking about memories. We discussed different kinds...

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GrožnjanMiramida Center - Regional Exchange of Peace Experience is organizing the 6th consecutive retreat for activists from the Former Yugoslavia.  The retreat will be held from 5-10 July 2012 in Grožnjan in Istria.  

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2012. 

More information about the retreat for activists, a detailed program and instructions about how to apply, follow this link.  


cnaThe Center for Nonviolent Action, Sarajevo/Belgrade invites you to a Basic Peacebuilding Training that will take place from 6-16 July 2012 in Mavrov, Macedonia. 

The application deadline is 17 June 2012.  

You can find more information about this training and how to apply at this link.


mirovnenovostiWe'd like to announce the publishing of the latest edition of Peace News for April-May 2012.  To download the PDF, follow this link. Enjoying the reading!.

In this edition:
- Strategy for establishing an encouraging environment for the development of sustainable civil society in BiH
- IPA programming and participation in civil society
- Establishment of a genocide video archive
- Invitation to this year's Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy
- Campaign for equality for all - a month of Roma women's activism
- and much more



Towards Open Regionalism in South East Europe

seeipEdited by Paul Stubbs and Christophe Solioz (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft | Southeast European Integration Perspectives, vol. 6, 2012), 225 pp.

Towards Open Regionalism in South East Europe presents a series of interlinked reflections on the possibilities and problems of emergent forms of regional cooperation in South East Europe (SEE). Taking diverse themes such as: the economy, crime, borders, culture, and civil society, authors explore some of the facets of “open regionalism”, consisting of multi-actor, multi-level and multi-scalar processes producing a complex geometry of interlocking networks. The book situates “new regionalism” in SEE in the historical context of the legacies of Yugoslavia and the wars of the Yugoslav succession. Contemporary processes of Europeanisation in relation to SEE are also examined as complex, contingent and radically unfinished. The book seeks to move beyond the constraints of objectivist notions of regionalism as consisting of sets of relations between sovereign nation states, to address complex constructions of meaning and place.

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Strategic Peacebuilding

"There where efforts for peacebuilding are coordinated, communicated and agreed upon, and where cooperation exists - there is peace."

Author: Maja Isović
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The "The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding – A Vision and Framework for Peace with Justice," written by Lisa Schirch, was promoted last weekend in Banja Luka in the cafe Cafe&Chillout within the National and University Library RS.  The event was organized by the Peace Academy Foundation (PAF) from Sarajevo and the Center for Informative Decontamination of Youth from Banja Luka. 

Amer Tikveša, Executive Director of PAF, Randall Puljek-Shank, a member of the PAF Board of Directors, and Aleksander Trifunović, Head Editor of Buka, talked about the publication about about the idea of peace, and agreed that the subject is very hard to define in the context of strategic peacebuilding.


Promotional event

Invitation: Book Release and Discussion

Dear friends, 

The Peace Academy Foundation invites you to three promotions of the book release "The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding - A Vision and Framwork for Peace with Justice" by Lisa Schirch, translated to Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language. 

  1. The first promotion will be held in Belgrade, on Friday, March 23rd, at 6pm, in the Center for cultural decontamination (hall "Ucitelji neznalice), Bircaninova Street 21, Belgrade - Featured speakers: Saša Ilić, KPZ Beton; Goran Lazin and Marijana Stojčić, Žene u crnom; Amer Tikveša, PAF's Executive Director
  2. The second promotion will be held in Zagreb, on Saturday, March 31st, at 6pm, in the Human Rights House, Selska cesta Street 112a, Zagreb - Featured speakers:  prof. Ana Matan, Faculty of Political Science, Zagreb; Iva Zenzerović, Center for Peace Studies; Tamara Šmidling, activist and member of PAF's Board of Directors; and Amer Tikveša, PAF's Executive Director
  3. The third promotion will be held in Banja Luka, on Saturday, April 7th, at 6pm, in the cafe Cafe&Chillout within the National and University Library RS, Jevrejska Street 30, Banja Luka – Featured speakers: Aleksandar Trifunović, Center for Informative Decontamination of Youth Buka, Banja Luka; Randall Puljek-Shank, čmember of PAF's Board of Directors; and Amer Tikveša, PAF's Executive Director

thmbIt's the fifth year that the Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy has been organized in Sarajevo, and that is why we've decided to publish the abovementioned book. The books is also an announcement for the establishment of the Library PAX whose goal is to make the issues in regards to peacebuilding more available for all citizens in the post-Yugoslav region enabling them to read a book on this topic in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian langage. We would also like to present to you our planned activities and courses for this year's PYPA.  

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event. 

In case of questions, please contact us at the below mentioned contact information:
Emina Trumić, PAF's Coordinator
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel./Fax: +387.33.651.560

Project Partners: Women in Black, Belgrade; Center for Peace Studies, Zagreb; Center for Informative Decontamination of Youth Buka, Banja Luka
The project is finacially supported by the Mennonite Central Committee


Update November 2011

thmbThe board of the Peace Academy Foundation has been working on a strategic plan for the 2012-2014 period.  We thank our supporters and participants who completed a survey about their interest in future courses and ways that they have used the knowledge and experience gained in the Peace Academies from 2008-2011.  

We are happy to announce that one of the courses for 2012 will be "Strategic Peacebuilding" led by Dr. Jayne Docherty of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Virginia, USA, for which you have showed the greatest interest within the survey. We are going to announce the other two courses soon, while the Call for Applications for the 5th Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy will be published by the end of February, 2012. 

Please stay tuned for more details.


Peace Activism: Tamara Šmidling for Radiosarajevo


The Post-Yugoslav Peace Academy, which is a special educational program that strives for active peacebuilding and a culture of nonviolence, will this year take place for the fourth time. This year's program is intended primarily for activists from the fields of human rights and peacebuilding, students, researchers, theoreticians, and journalists who are engaged in peace work and are interested in themes that the Peace Academy offeres.  The Fourth Peace Academy will take place in Sarajevo from 17-26 July.  We talked with one of the founders of the Academy, Tamara Šmidling about the goals of the Peace Academy and this years courses and lecturers. What ideas led you to forming the Peace Academy and have some of your expectations been fulfilled in the three years of the Peace Academy's existence?

Šmidling: Already in 2006, eight of us from four different peace organizations in Sarajevo came to the idea of forming the Peace Academy, based on the desire for including a program of peace eudation in our activities, different from normal trainings, seminars intended to develop various skills, learning about project writing, and other similar forms of edcution.  We wanted something that would more deeply engage the problems that we encounter in our work: nationalism, prejudice, borders, opposing narratives, ideological misue of language and symbols..., that will at the same time be removed from academic elitism or the mere desire to fill one's CV.  The guiding idea was for a program that would connect activism and the need for action with theoretical/critical questing of our presence and our work, a place for activism and theory to meet.

The Peace Academy was thought up as a type of summer school that would each year offer participants three courses with lecturers who are engaged in the previously mentioned problems.  The first Peace Academy took place in 2008, and now we are preparing for the fourth. The courses' themes in the last three years have ranged from nationalism, ethnic identity, understanding of collective violence and crime that took place in this region, in the context of identies and their misuse, to collective memory, history of world peace movements and activism in the Former Yugoslavia.

Until last year, we worked as an informal group, but just in August, prompted by practical problems, we registered the Peace Academy Foundation.


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