IRIS Strategic paper Collection
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Новият дуализъм на Сърбия: повече прагматизъм?
July 3, 2015

Актуален коментар на програмния директор на ИРМИ Стефан Ралчев.

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Elusive Identity: Duality and Missed Opportunities in Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the Black Sea Region
June 11, 2015

A policy paper by IRIS Programme Director Stefan Ralchev which is part of the book, Unrewarding Crossroads? The Black Sea Region amidst the European Union and Russia published by the Sofia Platform (eds. Anahit Shirinyan and Louisa Slavkova).

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Homo Civicus (Re)born: The 2012-14 Protest Movements in Bulgaria
May 18, 2015

A paper on the 2012-14 protest movements in Bulgaria and their effect on good governance by IRIS Programme Director and Policy Analyst Stefan Ralchev is available here. The paper is part of the publication, Governance and Participation, ed. Dr Melanie Sully, by the Institute for Go-Governance in Vienna and covers processes and trends on the topic in the countries of the Black Sea region.

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ILLIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATIC BACKSLIDING IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: TOWARDS A “RULE OF LAW” EXPLANATION
April 30, 2015

The conceptual notions of “illiberal democracy” and “democratic backsliding” have experienced a renaissance in recent years, prompted by attempts in new member states /NMS/ of the European Union /EU/ in Central and Eastern Europe /CEE/ to reverse the direction of democratic reforms after the attainment of full membership. Illiberal developments in Poland (2006/2007) and Hungary (post-2010) have send shocks to the very heart of the EU system, as both countries had been at the helm of democratic progress in the pre-accession period. A little to the East, Bulgaria and Romania have made their own headway in reform reversal. Meanwhile, numerous efforts have attempted to explain what when wrong, focusing predominantly on socio-economic dynamics and mass-elite linkages. The current work offers a different perspective, linking the successes (and failures) of democratic consolidation to rule-of-law modelling. The main hypothesis......
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Битовата престъпност и контролираният вот като заплахи за човешката сигурност в България
30 януари 2015

Национален доклад за България на ИРМИ като част от трансграничното изследване "Форми и места на насилие на Балканите и в Турция" - достъпен тук.

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Conventional Crime and Controlled Voting As Acute Threats to Human Security in Bulgaria
January 30, 2015

A summary in English of IRIS's country report on Bulgaria as part of the cross-border research effort, "Forms and Spaces of Violence in the Balkans and Turkey," available here.

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EP 2014 elections in Bulgaria: A hint at normality?
May 28, 2014

An expert comment is available here on some implications of the European Parliament election in Bulgaria by IRIS's Programme Director and Policy Analyst Stefan Ralchev.

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Latest events

 

Стартира гражданска кампания в Бургас с провеждането на 24-часов Хакатон/ A NEET civil campaign launched in Bourgas by conducting a 24-hour Hachathon
July 22, 2015

На 19 и 20 юли 2015 г. на о-в Света Анастасия край Бургас стартира гражданска кампания, фокусирана върху младежите на територията на община Бургас, които нито учат, нито работят (NEET – not in education, employment or training). Кампанията цели да идентифицира потребностите на целевата група, представляваща процентно значителна част (над 22% по данни на UNICEF от 2015 г.) от младите хора в страната на възраст между 15 и 24 години. Ключов акцент на кампанията е анализирането на рисковите фактори водещи до задълбочаване на социалната и икономическата изолация......
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IRIS gathers renowned experts for a conference on the Balkans
July 3, 2015

On 2 July IRIS and the Polish Institute Sofia welcomed renowned experts for a conference on societal trends and processes in Southeast Europe entitled, "Alternative societal models for development in the Balkans." The conference was the largest of several stakeholders dialogue meetings that the Institute is conducting as part of the regional project, "Cross-border Citizens' Network for Peace, Inter-communal Reconciliation and Human Security" supported by the European Commission.

The event included two panels. One focused on general trends of societal development in the Balkan countries vis-a-vis the slowdown in EU enlargement and the alternative models offered by resurgent powers such as Russia and Turkey. The other took a closer look at three cases in point - Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo.

The speakers were Ivan Krastev, chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies;......
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Summer School on Human Security
May 29, 2015

"Civic Resistance and Human Security"
 
The Citizens’ Network for Peace, Reconciliation and Human Security (CN4HS) is organizing a second Summer School on Human Security, "Civic Resistance and Human Security". The event will be hosted and organized by Center for Research Development and Publication (CRDP). Invited speakers and lecturers are practitioners and scholars from Kosovo, the Region and the United Kingdom. The Summer School is open to participants of all professional and academic backgrounds, but mainly targets civil society activists, journalists and civil servants from related government sectors.

- Location: Prishtina, Prizren, Republic of Kosovo
- Date: August 5th 2015 – August 11th 2015
- Deadline:  June 20th, 2015 (by COB)
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ИРМИ проведе 3 нови срещи по проекта „Лидерство за регионално развитие“ в Стара Загора, Бургас и Варна
May 25, 2015

В периода 19-21 май 2015 г. по инициатива на ИРМИ се състояха 3 срещи-дискусии с общественици, представители на бизнеса, граждански организации и експерти по регионално развитие, които обсъдиха перспективите за успех и развитие в градовете Стара Загора, Бургас и Варна.

Срещите са част от първия етап на проекта „Лидерство за регионално развитие”, подкрепен от Фондация „Америка за България“. Основен стремеж на проекта да бъде привлечен потенциалът на местните лидери за установяването на дълготрайно......
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IRIS Programme Director attends conference on governance and participation in Armenia
May 18, 2015


IRIS's Programme Director Stefan Ralchev took part in a high-level international conference, "Governance and Participation," which was held in the Armenian capital Yerevan on 15 May. The conference was part of the Go-Governance series (www.go-governance.com) for the Black Sea region and gathered political scientists, experts, activists and state and local officials from Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Montenegro, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States. Stefan Ralchev held a presentation on Bulgaria's protests movements of 2012-14 and how civic engagement and popular action in particular had their positive impact on good governance. As part of the event, the organisers took the participants on a trip to the ancient Khor Virap Monastery in Armenia's Ararat province, where St. Gregory the Illuminator was......
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ИРМИ стартира срещи-дискусии за българските региони с представители на Пловдив, Северозападна и централна Северна България
April 24, 2015

 

През месец април 2015 г. ИРМИ организира три срещи-дискусии между експерти, общественици и представители на бизнеса и гражданските организации съответно от град Пловдив, Видин, Враца, Монтана и от градове в централна северна България на тема проблеми и перспективни пред  развитието в съответните региони.

Срещите са част от първия етап на проекта „Лидерство за регионално развитие”, подкрепен от Фондация „Америка за България“. Основна цел на проекта е да създаде градивна......
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Нов цикъл от обучителни семинари в стратегическо планиране и застъпничество проведе ИРМИ в Бургас
April 06, 2015

Между 2 и 4 април 2015 г. Институтът за регионални международни изследвания реализира поредица от обучителни семинари в град Бургас, целящи да консолидират уменията на неправителствени организации на местно ниво в стратегическо планиране и гражданско застъпничество. Обученията са част от проектната инициатива „Стратегическо планиране и застъпничество: Инструменти за по-ефективно включване на НПО във взимането на решения и диалога с местната власт“, финансирана в рамките на Програмата за подкрепа на НПО в България по......
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The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) is an independent, non-government think tank. IRIS was established on June 11, 1997 by leading Bulgarian public and political figures, NGO leaders and prominent Bulgarian scholars in international relations, Balkan studies, history, social and political science, anthropology and economics.
 
The Institute for Regional and International Studies initiates, develops and implements civic strategies for democratic politics on national, regional and international level. The Institute promotes the values of democracy, civil society, freedom and respect of law, assists the process of Bulgarian integration in NATO and the EU and provides public policy analyses on current domestic and international issues. IRIS represents a strategic combination of advocacy-oriented and education-oriented think tank.