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Marshall Center alumni from Southeast Europe form assocation.

Building Lasting Relationships

October 2011, Number 02.04

“Southeast Europe alumni representatives and neighboring countries met June 13-17, 2011, at the Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, with the goal of strengthening and enhancing national and regional security through cooperation. Participating countries included Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine. Alumni leaders of the 14 nations signed the first-ever charter creating the Marshall Center Alumni Association for Southeast European Security (MCAASEES). Members developed this idea over the past year, taking their cue from a May 2010 workshop titled “Building Marshall Center Association Capacity for Regional Cooperation in Southeast Europe.” The representatives at this event agreed that an association could contribute to creating an atmosphere of trust, improve neighborly relations and enhance stability in their region. During the year, using the Marshall Center’s graduate portal as a collaborative tool, they presented various proposals as to how such an association should look, how it should operate and what its goals would be. The June 2011 workshop was a culmination of hard work by the individual association members...”

Excerpt from Barbara Wither, “Building Lasting Relationships,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 4, 2011: 36.

Barbara Wither has worked at the Marshall Center since January 2001, first in the Registrar's Office as a student affairs specialist, then as assistant registrar. She moved to the Alumni Office in 2004, where she has been working with graduates from Southeast Europe. Before moving to Germany, she was the events coordinator for the Bank of England, Agency for Scotland, in Glasgow. She also worked for the British Army Families Federation in Germany and Northern Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s in Russian and German from Ohio University, a master’s in Slavic languages and literature from Ohio State University, and a master’s in communications from Eastern New Mexico University.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.