Press releases


Director of IFIMES participated in the international business conference "Common Regional Market"

The conclusions of the conference were adopted and it was submitted that the prominent businessman, philanthropist and visionary Bogoljub Karić, founder and president of BK Group, should be at the head of the European Development Fund and the Regional Development and Economic Council, which will be at the disposal to governments in order to make Southeast and Central Europe its citizens richer and happier.


Directors of IFIMES at the »Balkan Think Tanks« convention

Directors of the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) prof. dr. Zijad Bećirović and Bakhatyar Aljaf took part in the fourth "Balkan Think Tanks" convention in Timișoara, which was attended by researchers and representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.


IFIMES Joins the SEESARI Initiative

During an introductory meeting, the director of IFIMES, Associate Professor Dr. Zijad Bećirović, and Dr. Peter Verlič, director of the SEESARI Initiative, recognized the synergistic effects of mutual collaboration. They agreed that both parties could contribute constructively to the accelerated development of transportation, logistics, and infrastructure in Southeast Europe and the Western Balkans.


Academician Mirko Pejanović recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

Honorary President of the International Institute IFIMES Stjepan Mesić, former President of the Republic of Croatia, presented Academician Pejanović with the Lifetime Achievement Award. President Mesić highlighted the role and contribution of Academician Pejanović in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the most difficult period of aggression against this country and his state-building activities by strengthening democracy and the development of a multi-ethnic society.


Prime Minister of Montenegro Dr. Dritan Abazović received a special IFIMES award

International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) awarded a special award "for a special contribution to the affirmation of minority communities" to the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dr. Dritan Abazović (GP URA).


President of HJCP BiH Lagumdžija visits IFIMES

In a longer conversation, they exchanged views on current events in the Western Balkans, paying particular attention to the rule of law in order to ensure stability and peace in the region. The directors presented the activities of the institute and new projects in the current year with an emphasis on Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the institute has intensified its presence in the last few years.


Diplomacy in Focus: Selected Articles 1990 – 2021

This trilogy of Professor and Ambassador Dr. Jazbec presents a comprehensive selection from his rich and broad scientific opus of more than seventy published books and more than 130 articles on diplomacy and related topics, all in fifteen languages.


Albanian President Ilir Meta received Director of IFIMES Zijad Bećirović

During the conversation, President Meta stressed that the opening of European Union membership negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia as soon as possible, as well as visa liberalization for Kosovo and its membership in NATO and the EU, would bring concrete and very positive contributions for the consolidation of peace, stability and security in the region, as well as for the prosperity of Albanian citizens.


Former Albanian President and Prime Minister Prof. Dr. Sali Berisha Director received Director of IFIMES

Former President of Albania Prof. Dr. Sali Berisha presented current situation in Albania, the region and the country's position in international relations. He emphasized the importance of Albania's EU membership, and in particular the clear EU message that the countries of the Western Balkans will be accepted into full EU membership and not into a privileged or any other form of partnership.


Donald J. Johnston the new President of IFIMES Advisory Board

“It is a great honor that the institute has new president, Donald J. Johnston. He is a world-renowned figure and it is difficult to find a more experienced, qualified and distinguished figure than President Johnston. We are proud that President Johnston has taken over the chairmanship of the IFIMES Advisory Board.”


Director of IFIMES met with Albanian President Ilir Meta

The President of Albania Ilir Meta presented the current events in Albania, the role of Albania in international relations, and he stressed the importance of regional cooperation. In his opinion, the start of negotiations between Albania and North Macedonia and the EU is especially important. He called for both countries to start EU membership negotiations at the same time.


Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dr. Abazović received the director of IFIMES

The Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro presented the priorities of Montenegro on its path to the EU, the fight against crime and corruption, the rule of law, the importance of economic development of Montenegro and current events in this country. He emphasized the importance of the country's faster progress on the path to the EU.