South East Europe and Black Sea region Programme

Our team

Luke James

Programme Director

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Sophia Zademack

Project Coordinator, The Peace and Security Monitor (South East Europe and Black Sea Region programme)

Latest activities

This report aims to depict how the social media landscape looked ahead of the 2022 Bosnia & Herzegovina general election and how the political environment manifests online. As part of the Election Observation Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina carried out by the Danish NGO Silba – Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy, 60 social media posts were collected by the 39 international short term observers deployed by Silba, in the two weeks leading up to the election.

 

5 members of the South East Europe and Black Sea region programme of Platform for Peace and Humanity participated in the Election Observation Mission.

Events

Webinar: Revisiting Kosovo Specialist Chambers: Reflections and Outlook

The webinar titled “Revisiting Kosovo Specialist Chambers: Reflections and Outlook” reflects on the Court’s work so far, discusses why it was created and discusses its impact on transitional justice and domestic politics in Kosovo. With prosecutions stalling, the webinar assesses the short-mid term outlook of the Court.

 

Speakers:

  • Abit Hoxha, Lecturer of Journalism and Researcher at the University of Agder
  • Xhorxhina Bami, Kosovo Correspondent for Balkan Insight
  • Gregory W. Kehoe, Defence Counsel, Kosovo Specialist Chambers

 

Moderator:

  • Luke James, Director of the South East Europe and Black Sea Region Programme at Platform for Peace and Humanity

Webinar: War in Ukraine and Impact on Arms Trade and Militarism

On August 18, 2022, the Platform for Peace and Humanity and the Forum on the Arms Trade co-hosted an event examining the actions and dilemmas faced by countries in South East Europe and the Black Sea Region in part due to the war in Ukraine.

 

Speakers:

  • Zaur Shiriyev, Analyst, South Caucasus, International Crisis Group
  • A. Sencer Gözübenli, Balkan Studies and Foreign Policy Analyst (Croatia-based), Åbo Akademi University
  • Esra Serim, Independent Researcher

 

Moderator:

  • Luke James, Director of the South East Europe and Black Sea Region Programme at Platform for Peace and Humanity

Webinar: Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2 October Election: Opportunities, Threats and the Youth Vote

This event explodred the political, security and legal issues ahead of Bosnia’s 2 October election. This event, co-hosted by Platform for Peace and Humanity and Silba Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy, brings perspectives about Bosnia’s electoral and constitutional system, the candidates, parties, interest groups and stakeholders in the election, geopolitical influences, the use of technology in the implementation and administration of the election and the short-mid-term implications of some of foreseeable results.

 

Speakers:

  • Jens Woelk, Professor of Law, University of Trento
  • Adnan Ćerimagić, Analyst, European Stability Initiative
  • Almasa Bečić, Executive Director, Omladinski Pokret REVOLT and Long Term Election Observer, Koalicija Pod lupom
  • Grégoire Soria-Metais, Former Bluebook Trainee, European Commission and Silba for Dialogue and Democracy
  • Jasmin Mujanović, Political Scientist, Kulin Initiative

 

Moderator:

  • Luke James, Director of the South East Europe and Black Sea Region Programme at Platform for Peace and Humanity
Luke James, Director of the South East Europe and Black Sea Region Programme at Platform for Peace and Humanity, spoke at “War in the Digital Age: A Case Study of the Impact of Digital Technologies on the War in Ukraine” hybrid forum. Watch his presentation at 14:25 on “Military Information Sharing by Citizens in the Digital Environment: A Loss of Non-Combatant Status?”

We take deep dives into the South East Europe and Black Sea region, distilling actionable policy recommendations, providing clear analysis to decision makers and supporting the Platform for Peace and Humanity organisational objectives.

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