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From Periphery to Cardinal Borderland: The Balkans in UNESCO
From Periphery to Cardinal Borderland: The Balkans in UNESCO

Author(s): Bogdan C. Iacob
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS)

Summary/Abstract: I will try in my paper to examine how the project of Balkan cooperation fared within this specific context. The particular form of entanglement that will be the focus of my analysis is the development of the International Association for Southeast European Studies (AIESEE), a supra-governmental scholarly body created under the umbrella of UNESCO by the core Balkan countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Yugoslavia). The Association ballooned into a much larger and comprehensive milieu of trans-systemic interaction. By 1976, it boasted a membership of almost twenty countries (the above included), representing not only Europe, but also North America, Africa, and the Middle East. During the Cold War, Balkan cooperation was much more complex than this project of collaboration in the field of Southeast European Studies. But the AIESEE was the flagship manifestation of this process.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 1-34
  • Page Count: 34
  • Language: English