Chair of the Executive Committee of the Regional Academy for Democratic Development Balsa Bozovic was invited to speak at the 27th Forum 2000 in Prague. He was one of the key speakers at the panel devoted to the situation in Western Balkans. The panel entitled “Lessons from civil society in Western Balkans conflicts” dealt with the most pressing issues in the region.
Persisting ethnic disputes not only undermine stability in the Western Balkans but also create opportunities for nationalist and populist politicians across the region to build up their popularity by instrumentalizing these divisions. The session will focus on possible alternative strategies for the long-term resolution of such conflicts from the perspective of civil society. CSOs’ experience from the ongoing dispute between Kosovo and Serbia, currently the most pressing regional issue, would serve as a case study for developing more general ideas that could be transferred to other post-conflict settings in the Western Balkans and beyond – these are just some of the issues that panel where Mr. Bozovic was a speaker dealt with.
The Forum 2000 was founded in 1996 as a joint initiative of the late Czech President Václav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel.
The Forum 2000 conferences and other events organized by the Forum 2000 Foundation are held in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 1997, Forum 2000 organizes an annual conference which has attracted a number of prominent thought leaders, Nobel laureates, former and acting politicians, business leaders and other individuals, whose common denominative is experience with bearing responsibility. Prince Hassan bin Talal, Yohei Sasakawa, Frederik Willem de Klerk, Bill Clinton, Oscar Arias Sánchez, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Shimon Peres, Mario Soares, Hana Suchocká, Shirin Ebadi, Sergey Kovalyov, Nicholas Winton, Madeleine Albright, and Wole Soyinka are just a few of those who have attended the Forum 2000 events.