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  • Programme of the Seminar

    03.1 SEE and the Mediterranean: Learning from and about each other/ 4-8 September 2003
    In cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation, Guetersloh and the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society at Ben Gurion University, Beersheva. The conference brought together approximately 50 scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, with the objective to discuss what lessons might be learnt from the experience in the Balkans and in particular the role of the international community in attending the post-conflict reconstruction, and how they may be applied to the future of the Arab-Israeli peace process.

    See the Programme of the first session of the Seminar.

    03.2 Democratic Choices and the European Construction/17-21 September 2003 With the support of the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission. The second session of the Halki International Seminar 2003 concentrated exclusively on European integration and its current challenges.

    See the Programme of the first session of the Seminar.

  • List of participants

    See the list of participants of the first session of the Seminar.

    See the list of participants of the second session of the Seminar.

  • Seminar Report: Democratic Choices and the European Construction (session 03.2)

    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, 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.

  • Seminar Report – SEE and the Mediterranean: Learning from and about each other (session 03.1)

    This year’s first Halki International Seminar introduced a comparative approach in addressing issues of conflict management and resolution between two areas which, 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.