The Program is guided by this regional cooperation and is the result of a three-year project of institutional cooperation with SCOPES (Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland), funded by the Swiss Science Foundation. The main objectives of the program are to:
Apart from its regional approach, the advantage of the Program also lies in the range of topics it addresses – including, among others, the identification of the causes of the outbreak of violent conflicts and ways to overcome them, reconciliation and transitional justice, and the development of a culture of peace and non-violent communication – which gain even greater significance when considered in the context of the post-conflict dilemmas and obstacles evident in the region. The Program involves three Universities (in Belgrade, Sarajevo, and Zagreb) from countries recently involved in conflict, and in that way actively contributes to the reconciliation process that is still ongoing in the region. The involvement of partner institutions from Switzerland is of great value, too, in light of that country’s history of neutrality and the practical skills these partners have in the field of mediation.