BSCSIF PROJECTS FOR 2016

1) The initiative “the Economic zone of the Silk Road”.

2) Development of index of the International Fund.

3) Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world.

4) Non-aligned countries: security challenges and how to overcome them.

5) “Azerbaijan: Alternative Energy Solutions”: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Connecting Caspian and Adriatic Seas.

Statement of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea on stabilization of relations between Russia and Turkey

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF), established in 2009 with the aim of contribution to the dialogue, understanding and peace in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas and uniting currently representatives of intelligentsia, famous academicians and public figures from 33 countries, including from Russia and Turkey, expresses its concern with regard to the possible implications of deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey due to the incident with Russian bomber aircraft SU-24.

Statement of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea regarding the terrorist acts in Paris and сrash of the Russian airplane

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black and Caspian Seas (hereinafter International Fund) firmly condemns bloody terrorist acts that were committed in Paris on November 13, 2015, and a large terrorist attack, as a result of which the plane A321 of the Russian airline “Kogalymavia” crashed on October 31, in Egypt. The International Fund expresses its condolences to the bereaved families, Government and people of France and Russia.

The Balkan branch of BSCSIF finalized the first research project on the topic “The issue of strengthening bridges of trust among the youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia as a condition for regional stability”

At present young people play an essential role in the approximation, reconciliation and strengthening of ties between the peoples of the region. The aim of the study is to examine the views and opinions of young people on the topic of post-conflict reconciliation and tolerance among the peoples of the above-mentioned Balkan countries, to facilitate lasting peace and sustainable development in the region and enhance the role of mutual trust in the Balkan societies under the current circumstances.

The International Summer School in CROATIA, Sipan.

In the period June 28 – July 1, 2015, the Chief Coordinator of the central office of BSCSIF, Juia Akhunova participated in the annual 14th International Summer School in Sipan, Croatia, organized by the Atlantic Council of Croatia in cooperation with NATO PDD and International Institute for Peace (Vienna), represented by Mr. Peter Stania, member of the Board of Directors of BSCSIF.

The School was divided into two blocks: Mediterranean between Europe and Middle East: Challenges and Perspectives, organized with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division; and another one – Western Balkans between Integration and Isolation, co-organized with the International Institute for Peace, Vienna.

The School gathered speakers and participants from 15 different countries, the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Canada, Austria, Hungary, Greece and all Western Balkan countries. The organizers invited as speakers many professors, experts and people from politics who transferred their knowledge to 40 participants, young leaders in public diplomacy, PhD and master’s candidates from many countries, giving them different perspectives of the current situation of international security and stability. Participants were mostly interested in Macedonian crisis, current Greek crisis, Kosovo status and current Ukrainian crisis.