The Halki International Seminars (HIS) are the pride and joy of ELIAMEP, forming the core of its training activities for young leaders. The Seminars have been held annually since 1990 on the small island of Halki, in the Aegean Sea just off the island of Rhodes.

The primary purpose of the Halki International Seminars is to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences in order to achieve greater understanding and forge links among young political and economic decisionmakers, researchers, academics, journalists and other professionals interested in international affairs. This purpose is pursued through offering training packages on the processes of European integration and enlargement; civil society-building, conflict resolution and regional cooperation.

These Seminars are conducted by leading practitioners and academics, who exchange views with participants and thinking conducive to confidence building and regional stability. Recent sessions have been funded by the European Commission, NATO, the EU Institute for Security Studies, the National Bank of Greece, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hellenic International Development Cooperation Department-Hellenic Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Aegean, the Ministry of Culture, the General Secretariat for Youth and the Prefecture of the Dodecanese Islands among other donors.

The Halki International Seminars Alumni have their own network on-line, as an independent framework of communication. The network’s main purpose is to facilitate internet communication and contacts among Halki alumni, promote research and organise meetings and seminars in order to push for partnerships and projects.

The Island of Halki

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