It gives me great pleasure to be associated with the IFIMES Yearbook 2006. I have long been both an admirer and a frequent user of this ublication which is a valuable source of up to date information and sound political insights into some of the world’s most important strategic areas. The IFIMES approach, which is both straightforward and innovative, is a model in its field. The various sections of this Yearbook once again reflect this concern for quality, accuracy and fairness. They are well researched, their messages to policy makers are direct, and they do not hesitate to give frank verdicts, even where these might on occasion offend politicians, diplomats and policy makers. For these reasons alone, the IFIMES Yearbook 2006 deserves to be read by all those who either study crises and conflicts, or who are professionally involved in conflict resolution and peace building.
The IFIMES Yearbook 2006 concentrates on the Middle East and the Balkans, which have certainly been two of the most important strategic regions for European security in the past few years. Although I welcome very much the improvements achieved in the Balkans in recent years, there is no doubt that the international community is still far from achieving reconciliation among the countries concerned and the integration of the western Balkans into Euro-Atlantic structures. There is still much work to do. Equally, many of our hopes for a lasting settlement between Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East have been dashed, despite the efforts of both the United States and the EU in the Quartet and the Anapolis Peace initiative to push towards a two state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians. The recent conflict in Gaza demonstrates both the lack of an agreed framework for peace and the even greater urgency for the new US Administration as well as the European Union to work towards one.
As policy makers take up the challenge of finding lasting solutions to overcome the divisive historical legacy of conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East, they need to have a sophisticated understanding of the background to these conflicts, they need to base their analysis and the policy options on in-depth knowledge, rather than episodic newspaper reports or emotional TV pictures. They need to understand better what has succeeded or failed in past peace making endeavours. In all of these crucial areas the experts contributing to the IFIMES Yearbook 2006 have once more provide indispensable insights and guidance. This is yet another reason why I commend this Yearbook to anyone who is seriously concerned with the state of the world today.
Director, Policy Planning
Private Office of the Secretary General
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FOUNDERS OF ICTAC - INTERNATIONAL COUNTER-TERRORISM ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES WITHOUT CITIZENS’ SUPPORT!
THE YEAR OF FINAL DENOUEMENT?
SUCCESS, FAILURE, AND THE FOUNDATION OF A NEW IRAQ
POLITICAL MARGINALISATION OF BOSNIAN CROATS!
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA AT THE CROSSROADS?
IS A REFERENDUM FRAUD BEING PREPARED?
THE OSCE AND INTEREST MANAGEMENT IN THE WESTERN BALKANS
POST-DAYTON BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: ITS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
IRAN – THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AT THE CROSSROADS
CAN MACEDONIA SURVIVE AS A STATE?
IS ASSASSINATION OF ARBËN XHAFERI BEING PREPARED?
COUNCIL OF EUROPE `WARNS` BiH!
IS MONTENEGRO’S GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR NOT ARRESTING RADOVAN KARADZIC?
MONTENEGRO NEEDS RADICAL CHANGES!
WHO DOES THE GERMAN CDU-CSU HELP IN BiH?
IS BiH WITHDRAWING THE LAWSUIT AGAINST SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO?
ORGANISATIONAL CHALLENGES AND EXPERIENCES OF THE SLOVENE OSCE CHAIRMANSHIP ESTABLISHMENT OF REGIONS AND A TEST FOR JANŠA’S GOVERNMENT
KOŠTUNICA IS WINNING WITH (OR WITHOUT) KOSOVO
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