As a cornerstone of the CCSDD’s teaching programs, the annual Sarajevo Study Trip enables thirty University of Bologna and SAIS Bologna students to witness firsthand democratic development in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.
As the “Jerusalem of the Balkans,” Sarajevo has been the historical and cultural crossroads of as well as home to Orthodox Christians, Jews, Catholics, and Muslims. Its mosques, churches, and synagogues attest to this fact of history. Unfortunately, Sarajevo’s legacy is also intimately tied to bloodshed and war. It was in Sarajevo where the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand ignited the First World War and it was also the site of the longest siege in modern history during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
Through seminars, walking tours, and meetings with non-governmental organizations, constitutional courts, and international organizations, the CCSDD allows its participants the ability to understand the complex historical, institutional, as well as psychological layers of post-conflict development.
Check also the CCSDD website for information about the January 2016 trip.
Previous trips have included meetings with:
- Constitutional Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina
- World Bank
- European Union Delegation
- State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Prime Minister of Republika Srpska
- United States Embassy
- Italian Embassy
- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Al Jazeera Balkans
- Women of Srebenica Association