ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
The Balkan Institute for Conflict Resolution, Responsibility and Reconciliation is an independent non-profit research institution established by the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. The Institute is committed to the development of theory, research, and practice that explains and analyses processes of conflict resolution and reconciliation, with a particular focus on the Balkan region.
After a tragic conflict that engulfed the countries of Western Balkans, there is a growing interest in independent, academic study of the origins of the conflict, its nature and societal patterns, outcomes, responsibility, and efforts at reconciliation and community restoration. The region is currently lacking institutionalized research capacities that would deal with these issues at the regional level, although there is a recognized need for researching the above mentioned issues. In addition to this, intra-regional academic exchange is seriously limited with regard to the matters that remain crucial for their respective societies and the region as a whole. Research within individual countries of the region focuses on description of either causal mechanisms or democratization processes within the framework of mainstream political science, with rare attempts to challenge the myth-making strategies of the national political elites or engage in innovative, inter-disciplinary ways with the subject matter. Normative accounts, on the other hand, tend to lack in theoretical and empirical soundness. Narratives of the recent conflicts are not subjected to scientific scrutiny and are dominated by popular memoir literature, which has proved to be insufficiently reliable, self-enclosed and de-stimulating in terms of public debate.
The primary focus of the Institute’s work is conducting socially important research tackling the issues, processes and implications of conflicts, conflict resolution and reconciliation. Institute also intends to work towards publicizing its research to the wider public beyond the academic circles in order to inspire and stimulate general public debate and facilitate regional and national processes of peace consolidation, restoration of inter-community relations and cultivation of critical discursive reflection on collective memory and community bonds.
With its permanent and affiliated staff consisting of scholars, researchers and international experts in the field of politics, political theory, political psychology, nationalism studies and the Balkans studies, the Institute provides a unique platform for independent, cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research and cooperation. It aims to fill the gap created by the lack of strong empirical evidence and normative-theoretical inquiry that would shed light to questions of sustainable conflict resolution, reconciliation and post-conflict restoration of intergroup relations.
Major Research Areas
Balkan Institute for Conflict Resolution, Responsibility and Reconciliation
Sabina Čehajic-Clancy, email@example.com;
Dr. Jana Jevtić, jana.jevtić@ssst.edu.ba
Note: The work of the Institute is supervised by the staff associated with the King Salman Chair in Peace and International Relations.