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Eighth Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Seventh Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Sixth Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Fifth Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Fourth Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Third Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Second Annual Balkan Debate Forum

First Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Eighth Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Budva (Montenegro) - May 1 - 5, 2003
    • Insecurity and gun culture undermine peace and development in South East Europe.
    • Nationalism in the Balkans is another form of Communism.
    • The UN promotion of democratisation in the Balkans is a form of imperialism.
    • Western ideas of womanhood are inappropriate for the Balkans.
    • A people’s desire for self-determination will confound any regulatory barriers set to impede its advance.
    • Balkan Union not European Union is the way forward for S.E. Europe.
    • Allied military action regarding Iraq will have a destabilising effect on S.E.E.

Seventh Annual Balkan Debate Forum

Herceg Novi (Montenegro), Yugoslavia - March 4 – 9, 2002
    • The model of the nation state is inappropriate for Southeast European countries.
    • The International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia is detrimental to international human rights law.
    • Ethnic conflict in Macedonia is the greatest destabilizing factor in Southeast Europe.
    • Western aid is primarily given to serve Western interests.
    • NATO’s presence in the Balkans is a form of foreign occupation.
    • The pursuit of EU accession undermines Balkan cooperation.
    • Granting Roma the status of a people is essential for protecting their human rights.
Sixth Annual Balkan Debate Forum
Timisoara, Romania - May 15-19, 2001
    • Outside military intervention is the best way to solve ethnic conflicts in the Balkans
    • The Balkan states are all artificial constructions
    • A Balkan custom union is essential for regional development in the Balkans
    • Economic underdevelopment is the main cause of trafficking in women
    • Balkan history can only be written by Balkan people
    • The I.M.F. does more harm than good in the region
    • All ethnic minorities should have a right to self determination through independent statehood
    • The 2000 elections in Yugoslavia opened the road to a faster integration of Balkan countries in the E.U.
    • The work ethic in Southeast Europe is incompatible with that in Western Europe.
Fifth Annual Balkan Debate Forum
Sofia, Bulgaria - May 12-14, 2000
    • NATO's action in Yugoslavia resulted in deeper cleavages within the Balkan region
    • It is more important for the Balkan countries to pursue European integration rather than to integrate on a regional level.
    • Changes in the 1990s have created increased opportunities for young women in Balkan countries.
    • The creation of ethnically homogenous nation states in the Balkans is the only way to achieve a peaceful co-existence in the region.
    • Balkan countries' economic prosperity is impossible without substantial foreign aid.
    • Political and economic globalization has positive effects on the Balkan countries.
    • Fostering cultural exchange and cooperation among Balkan states is a primary tool for establishing democratic traditions and tolerance in the region.
Fourth Annual Balkan Debate Forum
Sofia, Bulgaria - May 6-10, 1999
    • Western ideas of womanhood are not appropriate for the Balkans.
    • Establishing a regional Balkan free trade association would be beneficial for all countries in the region.
    • Balkan countries' concern with the past makes them unable to move forward.
    • International economic sanctions are an effective dispute resolution tool for the Balkan countries.
    • Contact with Western culture enhances Balkan culture.
    • Balkan national boundaries should be based on ethnic homogeneity.
    • Closer European integration is desirable for the Balkan countries.
Third Annual Balkan Debate Forum
Cluj Napoca, Romania - May 7-10, 1998
    • European Union membership would promote multiculturalism in Balkan countries.
    • Reform must begin with legislation.
    • It is necessary to relax environmental protection laws in order to advance Balkan economics.
    • Balkan states should take more affirmative and remedial measures in order to protect women.
    • Balkan mentalities are conducive to dictatorship.
    • Mass media inflame conflicts throughout Balkan countries.
    • School curricula should emphasize Balkan identity.
Second Annual Balkan Debate Forum
Bucharest, Romania - May 9-12, 1997
    • Economic prosperity in the Balkans would solve the ethnic problems.
    • Contact with Western culture enhances Balkan culture.
    • Roma suffer discrimination irrespective of their efforts to integrate into society.
    • Western ideas of womanhood are not appropriate for the Balkans.
    • Corruption is the main impediment to strong democracies in the Balkans.
    • Where there is a large ethnic minority its members should study in their native language.
    • Conforming to EU economic requirements should be an immediate priority for Balkan countries.
First Annual Balkan Debate Forum
Sofia, Bulgaria - May 10-13, 1996
    • Western foreign aid toward the Balkan region is beneficial.
    • The creation of ethnically homogenous nation states is desirable goal for the Balkans.
    • Religion is a destabilizing influence on the Balkan Peninsula.
    • A Balkan political and economic union would stabilize the region.
    • There is a distinct Balkan identity.
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