This year’s Halki International Seminars, viagra which celebrate their 20th anniversary, ambulance
focus on the role of the transatlantic institutions in helping local stakeholders address security challenges in the Middle East, the Black Sea and Southeastern Europe. ?t is a remark of general acceptance that this year’s group is one of the strongest in recent years, as well as one of the most populous comprising of 75 participants.

The first session of the first day, entitled “Global politics on the dawn of the 21st century: trends, challenges, problems and prospects” started dynamically by mapping the future trends and challenges that are expected to arise in the short-term future. Among others speakers raised the dilemmas between multipolarity and multilateralism that we are likely to face as new emerging powers are shifting the axis of power from the West were it has been traditionally located and global challenges like energy and climate change are becoming al the more pressing.

The second session focused on the issue of “Overcoming last obstacles in the normalization of the Balkans: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo” where the idea that the international community should gradually withdraw from the region was widely disputed. During the last session of the day the focus was on the current state of affairs in US-EU-Turkey relations focusing on the impact President Obama’s policy is likely to have on defining the relationship between the three actors as well as Turkey’s unilateral role in the region.

On the second day the morning session concentrated on the current situation and prospects for the resolution of the “frozen conflicts” in the Black Sea region, raising the question of NATO expansion as well as the Russian-Georgian relationship following the “August War” of 2008. The next two meetings evaluated the present and future of the European Neighbourhood policy, the Barcelona Process and the Union for the Mediterranean Initiative while the final session of the day examined the current situation and prospects for the resolution of regional conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The two-state solution was put forward as the only feasible option, despite difficulties and long delays while the opposite opinion – that the two-state solution will never be applicable in the present context was also a matter of contest.

The Seminar is organized by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in cooperation with the Balkan Trust for Democracy in Belgrade and supported by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) in Washington D.C., the Hellenic Aid of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OTE S.A., the General Secretariat for Youth in Athens, the Embassy of the United States in Athens, the French Institute of Athens, the European Fund for the Balkans in Belgrade, the Dodecanese Prefecture in Rhodes and the Region of South Aegean in Syros.
The Halki International Seminars (HIS) are the pride and joy of ELIAMEP, help forming the core of its training activities for young leaders. The Seminars have been held annually since 1990 on the small island of Halki, cure
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, case
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.

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