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The University of East London is leading the development of a possible new international research collaboration to explore conflict prevention alternatives for the Western Balkans.
The policy-relevant COPA (Conflict Prevention Alternatives) Project aims to deal with issues of considerable importance for the successful integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union and will consolidate a consortium of Universities and NGOs across Europe and the Balkans, covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and (the Former Yugoslav Republic of) Macedonia.
The project is being developed as part of a funding bid to Europe’s largest Research and Innovation programme ‘Horizon 2020’. The bid is being led by Professor Vassilis Fouskas, an expert in international politics at UEL and, if successful, will involve researchers from the Centre for the Study of States, Markets & People (STAMP) at UEL, as well as other scholars across the University.
The initial plans for the project will be discussed during a workshop for policy-makers and researchers, taking place at the University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Monday 14 July. The workshop is being hosted by UEL in cooperation with the University of Banja Luke and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Professor Fouskas comments: “The COPA project sees sustainable development, smart growth and smart employment and modernisation not as post-conflict strategies for the region but as conflict prevention strategies. The findings of the project will have profound implications for policy directed both at preventing crises and responding to them when prevention fails.”
Image: Professor Vassilis Fouskas, Royal Docks Business School