Since 2014 the Intergovernmental Organization EDU and IFIMES – the Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies have been jointly promoting Peace and Education through the means of a formal Memorandum of Understanding to that effect.
The Secretary-General of EDU has been impressed by the steady stewardship of this partner organization under his opposite number and colleague, Budimir Lončar. IFIMES is also the publisher of the international scientific journal European Perspectives.
Drawing on his vast diplomatic experience which included serving the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as both an Ambassador and as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of IFIMES has overseen the development of an influential organization for the promotion of peace.
Ably assisted by two Vice- Presidents, Zoran Živković, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Prof. Dr. Ernest Petrič, former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, he has attracted an Advisory Board of some considerable standing and talent from such diverse backgrounds as diplomacy, politics, law, the military and education.
To illustrate the growing importance of IFIMES, the EDU Secretary-General has formally accepted a role on the Advisory Board at IFIMES.
Photo: H.E. Irving Levance. Secretary-General EDU
Photo: (left) Zijad Bećirović, Talat Xhaferi, Bakhatyar Aljaf
President of the Republic of Serbia receives the Director of IFIMES
BELGRADE, 12. February 2019 – The President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, received today the director of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES), Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović.
Photo: (left) Zijad Bećirović, Aleksandar Vučić
Photo: (left) António Guterres, Zijad Bećirović
Director of IFIMES meets with Under-Secretary-General of United Nations Miguel de Serpa Soares
NEW YORK, March 14, 2019 - Director of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assist. Prof. Zijad Bećirović, accompanied by IFIMES Main Representative at ECOSOC/UN Irena Mernik Knee, met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares at UN Headquarters in New York.
Photo: (left) Zijad Bećirović, Miguel de Serpa Soares, Irena Mernik Knee
President of IFIMES Council: H.E. Dr Craig T. Smith, former Political Director of White House.
Directors: Zijad Bećirović and Bakhtyar Aljaf.
President of IFIMES Advisory Board: H.E. Budimir Lončar, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of SFR Yugoslavia.
Honorary President: H.E. Stjepan Mesić, former President of the Republic of Croatia.
International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)
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DEPARTMENT FOR LOCAL AND REGIONAL STUDIES (DeLORS)
Head: Prof.Dr. Stane Vlaj
EDU Secretary-General accepts Advisory Board Position at IFIMES
President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Xhaferi visits IFIMES
LJUBLJANA, 10 February 2019 –Directors of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović and Bakhatyar Aljaf today received Talat Xhaferi, M.Sc., President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia (Sobranie).
Director of IFIMES meets with Secretary General of United Nations António Guterres
NEW YORK, 12 March 2019 – Director of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović, accompanied by IFIMES Main Representative at ECOSOC/UN Irena Mernik Knee, met UN Secretary-General António Guterres at UN Headquarters in New York.