SIT Balkans

SIT Balkans

Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

Examine peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention on state formation, human rights, and transitional justice in the comparative context of Southeast Europe. Work with professional journalists to produce a full-length print or broadcast feature story on a topic related to the theme of the program.

TRG

The program explores the origins of the conflicts in the Balkans, from the breakup of Yugoslavia to the violent wars of the 1990s, as well as current challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation. You can choose between two different tracks for your independent study: you may either conduct field research and produce a substantial academic paper or work with professional journalists to research and produce a full-length print or broadcast feature story on a topic related to the theme of the program.

Major topics of study include:

  • The “making and breaking” of Yugoslavia
  • Peace and conflict studies: theory and practice in the Balkans
  • Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo in the 1990s: international sanctions, the 1999 NATO bombing, the Dayton Agreements
  • A comparative look at history, conflict, and post-conflict transformation in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo with focus on state-building and peacebuilding processes
  • A comparative look at international intervention and state building in the Balkans prior to the conflict in the 1990s and current international interventions in Syria and Ukraine