New Publication: Ethnic Violence in Vojvodina by Florian Bieber & Jenni Winterhagen, ECMI WP#27
- Bieber, Florian and Jenni Winterhagen. Ethnic Violence in Vojvodina: Glitch or Harbinger of Conflicts to Come? ECMI Working Paper #27, April 2006, 49 pp., appendix.
Ethnically motivated incidents in Vojvodina have influenced international debates about Serbia over the past few years. This working paper attempts to reach a better understanding of the scale and nature of the incidents in 2004. It argues that while the incidents have been alarming, their real significance lies in the broader problems they shed light on. The acts of violence, graffiti and damage to sites associated with minority communities shed light on three particular aspects to be discussed in the working paper. First, the political elites and institutions in Serbia have been responding only slowly and under international pressure to the incidents, which attests to the challenges of majority-minority relations in Serbia. Second, the incidents reveal the strong attraction of nationalism to the youth which grew up under the Milošević regime. Third, a pattern of separate lives has become a feature of majority-minority relations in Vojvodina, as is already a problem in other regions of Serbia. Altogether, the incidents and their context suggest that nationalism and strained minority-majority relations are not merely a passing legacy of the Milošević era, but more deeply engrained and will remain a formidable obstacle if not tackled.
- Dear Madam or Sir,
On behalf of the HUMSEC project partners, the ETC Graz, Tilburg University
and the University of Ljubljana are pleased to invite you to the First
Annual Conference on "Human Security, Terrorism and Organized Crime in the
Western Balkans: Realities, Risks and Re-sponses", on 23-25 November 2006 in
The HUMSEC Project is a coordination action under the Sixth Framework
Programme. The purpose of this project is to establish a network of experts
in order to contribute to a better understanding of the link between
transnational terrorist groups and criminal organizations in the Western
Balkans and their role in the peace-building process in the region.
The Conference will offer researchers a platform to present and discuss
project results on the issues of human security, terrorism and organized
crime in the Western Balkan region. The participation in the Conference is
free of charge and will take place at the Royal Media Hotel Ljubljana
(Dunajska cesta 154).
For more information about the project, the conference, the conference
program and registration, please visit the HUMSEC website ( www.humsec.eu).
Wolfgang Benedek, Director of the ETC and HUMSEC project coordinator
Petrus van Duyne, Tilburg University
Iztok Prezelj, University of Ljubljana