GCMC public affairs staff report

pfp_consortium_logo_20120425_121831REICHENAU, Austria – Post-conflict development in the western Balkan countries and its implications for the region highlighted a three-day event for the Partnership for Peace Consortium recently.

The PfPC’s Regional Stability in South East Europe Study Group conducted the “Regional Cooperation and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Verdicts” workshop here May 2-4. Forty-two participants from 16 countries convened for the discussions.

Four panels gathered on three topics: “The Fragility of Justice and Reconciliation: Repercussions of the ICTY Verdicts,” “Concrete Impacts of the Reconciliation Issue on Regional Cooperation and the ‘Europeanization’ Agenda,” and “Reconciliation, Cooperation and European Integration: Current Developments in and between particular Western Balkan Countries.”

“By cooperating with other regional initiatives and co-sponsors, the group aims to prevent duplication efforts and promote demand driven cooperative projects which will be supported by a wide range of security experts within the region,” said German air force Maj. Enrico Mueller, international programs manager and RSSEE lead for the PfPC staff. “As a result of each workshop a policy paper with realistic, current and relevant proposals for immediate implementation is produced.”

The event included speakers from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and the United States.

The PFPC, the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Sports, and the Austrian National Defense Academy sponsored the event with the intent of enhancing capabilities in the field of conflict management and peace support.

The Regional Stability in South East Europe Study Group has been assessing the post-conflict development in Western Balkan countries and its implications for the region and beyond since 1999. Embedded in the wider academic framework of both the PfPC as well as the security-political research in the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Sports, the study group’s main focus is to elaborate major conflict areas and propose possible solutions to local authorities and international actors alike.

The PfPC is located at the George c. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The director of the Marshall Center, retired Lt. Gen. Keith W. Dayton, serves as the chairman of the PfPC’s senior advisory board.

For more about the study group, including recent policy recommendations, please visit the PfPC’s website at www.pfp-consortium.org.