There are no ready-to-use models for managing ethnic differences, which could be applied across the board to all countries and all relations between the majority and the minorities – this was the main conclusion of the roundtable ‘’Democracy, multiculturalism and ethno-cultural policy in the Western Balkan countries” held on April 19th in Belgrade.
The event participants launched the initiative to establish a Balkan Academic Network, with the support of PERFORM, aiming to study multiculturalism in Southeast Europe as network of Social Science Researchers.
Managing ethnic differences
"The world we live in is burdened by cultural and ethnic differences and requires models to manage those differences. Answers on how to manage diverse and complex societies requires reliable data and good analytical support in order to find the best solutions.”
“The process of democracy building is a lengthy one requiring patience. The democracy in Europe was not built in two decades, the process has been going on for 200 years and it is still ongoing’’, said Basic.
The goal of the Balkan Academic Network
“This is why we are developing this network, to share our experience and provide good advice to other countries about good practices from our own countries; and to warn them about solutions that in our own countries yielded no results.”