Marshall Center Professor Teaches in Winter School for Young Politicians in Kupres, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr. von Münchow during his presentation

Marshall Center Professor Teaches in Winter School for Young Politicians in Kupres, Bosnia and Herzegovina

By College of International Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

KUPRES, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Jan. 19, 2022) – Dr. Sebastian von Münchow, Director of the European Security Seminars East, was invited by the Zagreb office of the Hanns Seidel Foundation to teach at the “Winter School for Young Politicians” and the “Youth in Politics and Dialogue” 14-18 Jan.  

The Hanns Seidel Foundation is a political foundation affiliated to Bavaria’s ruling Christian Conservatives. It is actively engaged in South East Europe to foster dialogue and train young talent.

Approximately 40 participants, plus local politicians from the state, as well as the entity level of Bosnia and Herzegovina attended the workshop in the town of Kupres, Canton 10.  

“Without a doubt, Bosnia and Herzegovina received lots of attention recently by producing news of concern. I was happy to have travelled to Kupres to gain insights how local stakeholders and future leaders asses the developments. Throughout my lectures and side discussions, I was impressed by the will to continue, against all odds, on the path towards Euro-Atlantic integration” said von Münchow.

Dr. Sandro Knezović, Research Adviser at the Department for International Economic and Political Relations of the Zagreb-based think-tank Institute for Development and International Relations added, “I work a lot with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Marshall Center and its affiliated Partnership for Peace Consortium in different security studies related programs in Southeast Europe. Hence, I did not hesitate to travel to Herzegovina. My lecture was on Geopolitics in Southeast Europe. I discussed the agendas of small, regional and global powers and their positive or negative impact on the fate of Western Balkans states.”

Dr. Aleksandra Markić Boban, Head of Project Office of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Croatia, thanked the Marshall Center for having supported the programs.  “I am very glad that our cooperation with renowned external institutions like the Marshall Center continue. Sebastian lectured on mediation and negotiation techniques also using scenarios that have proven to be excellent in resident courses in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. I hope we will be able to gather young talent from the Western Balkans in the future and continue our capacity-building efforts.” 

“Maybe Bosnia and Herzegovina’s path towards full integration into institutions of the Euro-Atlantic community became more difficult. But it is not off the agenda.” von Münchow concluded.