This year’s first Halki International Seminar introduced a comparative approach in addressing issues of conflict management and resolution between two areas which, ailment
at first glance, seem very different: namely, the Balkan area and the Middle East. In closer look, however, one can see that despite their major differences there are similarities in terms of the causes and the characteristics of the conflicts in these two regions. This year’s seminar was precisely framed in order to unpack these issues and open a fruitful discussion and dialogue that could lead to some substantive and concrete recommendations about conflict management and resolution.
Read the seminar report.
The first session approached the current democratic choices from the point of view of member states and the main EU institutions. The Convention that led to the Draft Constitutional Treaty was the starting-off point from which to illustrate the persisting tensions between intergovernmentalism and supranationalism. In particular, visit web
the pertinence of ‘core Europe’ was considered and particular attention was paid to the transformation that is being undertaken by Germany. The guiding questions concerned the future of the Franco-German engine and whether Germany will remain the ‘glue’ between small and large member states promoting a more federal Union. From an institutional perspective, the roles, the voting procedures and the competences of the EU institutions were considered as well as the question of whether enlargement can precede the Constitutional Treaty and what the subsequent consequences might be. An overall disappointment with regard to the DCT was voiced since it was considered a lost opportunity in terms of pursuing economic efficiency and democracy.
Read the seminar report.
02.1 The European Union and the Balkans/ 3-8 September 2002
In cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation. The seminar brought together a number of scholars and practitioners from various disciplines and backgrounds and explored the requirements and prospects for the integration of the Balkans into the EU,
while analyzing the challenges and opportunities for building functional democracies in the area.
See the Programme of the first session of the Seminar.
02.2 Mediterranean Crossroads: Culture, Religion and Security / 8-12 September 2002
In cooperation with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo). The seminar addressed a number of issues relating to the European Security and Defense policy and the impact on the Euro-Mediterranean policy. Sessions also addressed the various problems and the possible solutions and strategies in the Middle-East conflict.
See the Programme of the second session of the Seminar.
02.3 Energy Challenges in the Black Sea, the Caspian and Central Asia: Promoting Regional Cooperation / 11-16 September 2002
In cooperation with the International Center for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS).
Working sessions adressed a number of issues geared towards increased cooperation in the energy sector at a regional level.See the Programme of the third session of the Seminar.
See the list of participants of the first session of the Seminar.
See the List of participants of the second session of the Seminar.
See the list of participants of the third session of the Seminar.