The world of the 21 century is becoming more and more global, so to say interwoven. On the other hand, our common goal to live in peace, prosperity and wealth is more and more distant and unattainable. Despite the strengthened efforts of individuals, nations, states and the international community, it is still shaken by local and regional conflicts. While the international community manages to soothe one burning point, another breaks out.
The greatest threats are those regions where, for several decades, the nations, their political representatives and mediators of international organisations have not been able to find the common language, possibilities and basis to live together in peace. Those regions generate new conflicts in the wider area and, since the terrorist forces changed their tactics, practically throughout the world.
In such world we are all obliged to take action for peace. No one can pretend it does not concern him/her. We should be aware that skilled diplomats, security treaties and trained peacekeeping missions can not alone bring peace to our – one and only – planet.
Violence is not only the language of weapons, it is the result of what we are taught from experience. Violence is always triggered by words which denote rejection, incite intolerance, conceal fear from something different … Such language must be confronted by open and responsible words which reveal in that which is different our common human essence, our wishes and goals, our common interests, coexistence and cohabitation.
World peace must be built on sound foundations with efforts and acts which foster understanding and coexistence not only in multinational but also in predominantly single-national regions and cities. The tasks of regional and local authorities as well as of the civil society, educational, scientific and cultural establishments are just as important as the work of statesmen and major international institutions. Joint and integrated action at all levels gives us courage that we will eventually manage to step out of this vicious circle in which violence is answered by violence.
We are proud that Ljubljana has been the hospitable home and seat of the International Institute for Middle- East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) – the institution which contributes with its research, analytic and information activities to better understanding of events in the most critical regions of the south-east Europe, the Middle-East and the Persian Gulf. With profound researches of political, economic and military issues, religious and interethnic relations and critical analyses of democratisation processes in those and other regions, IFIMES presents the reasons and roots of disagreements and conflicts. Knowledge and deeper understanding as well as the possibilities and guidelines for resolving conflicts enable us to efficiently take part at home and in the world in joint efforts for peace and democratisation. The activities of institutions such as IFIMES contribute to the awareness of the importance of human rights, to the implementation of values of equality, justness and understanding, to tolerance in resolving conflicts and to active co-operation of individuals and the community in striving for a safe and friendly world for all of us.
We wish you a lot of success in your future work.
Mayoress of Ljubljana
INFORMATIONS ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
FOUNDERS OF ICTAC - INTERNATIONAL
COUNTER-TERRORISM ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
THE ANALYSIS OF EVENTS IN IRAQ AND THE REGION
A HURRICANE OVER BAGHDAD?
THE FEDERALISM AND THE FUTURE OF IRAQ
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES
RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM IN THE BALKAN WARS 1991-1995
DEMOCRATIZATION – WEAPON AGAINST TERRORISM
SUDAN: TERRORISM YESTERDAY, OIL TODAY
WHERE ARE THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS???
THE OSLO PEACE AGREEMENT IS DEAD
PARTNERSHIP FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
LIKUD OR THE LABOURITES?
STUDIES ON THE FUTURE OF IRAQ
THE FEDERALISM AND THE FUTURE OF IRAQ
TURKEY: THE ARMY SIDES WITH THE AKP ISLAMISTIC GOVERNMENT
IS THE MACEDONIAN SUN GOING TO SHINE?
THE GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMES IN SOUTH OF IRAQ
AMERICAN STRATEGY IN THE WAR FOR THE LIBERATION OF IRAQ
WITH THE OPERATION TO LIBERATE IRAQ, SADAM HUSSEIN’S MORTAL ENEMIES
REMAIN NEUTRAL WILL RUSSIA FILL THE VOID?
IS USA LOOSING THE WAR – MILITARILY AND POLITICALLY?
STREET FIGHTING - A NIGHTMARE FOR THE ALLIES
WHO IS GOING TO REBUILD IRAQ: COALITION OR UNITED NATIONS?
SYRIA – WILL IT BE PUNISHED OR REWARDED?
THE LOSERS: FROM SANKT PETERSBURG TO RIYADH
TURKEY: ON THE TRACK OF RADICAL CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
MONTENEGRO: ON THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE AND AUTOKEPHALITY
LEGAL POSITION OF CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
AMERICAN BASES IN IRAN – RUSSIAN BASES IN SAUDI ARABIA?
THE MIDDLE EAST: REARING FOR TERRORISM?
THE MIDDLE-EASTERN REGION - THE BEGINNING OF A THIRD PHASE?
HOT IRAQI SUMMER
VOJVODINA: NEW (OLD) OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SERBIAN GOVERNMENT
SERBIA: G17 PLUS SECRET PLANS?
GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMES AGAINST KURD IN IRAQ UNDER SADDAM REGIME
HAS PANDORA’S BOX BEEN OPENED?
VIOLATION IF WOMEN RIGHTS IN IRAQ
ISLAMIC TERRORISM KNOCKING AT THE EUROPEAN DOOR
COMMUNICATING SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE ELECTIONS IN CROATIA?
SLOVENIA - BRANDING A SMALL NEW EU NATION ABSTRACT
THE DAYTON PEACE AGREEMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLITICAL PLURALISM IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA