Head of Department of International Relations and European Studies, Dr. Adis Maksic, took part in a conference "In Between: Visions from Contested Cities", which was held this week at the campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The conference was organized by the Israel Palestine Center for Regional Initiatives in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, with the aim of building shared visions for Jerusalem. It was part of a larger project that connected scholars and civil society leaders from Jerusalem to their counterparts in three other contested cities, Nicosia, Belfast and Sarajevo.
The organizers invited prof. Maksić to familiarize the audience with the postwar urban integration of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo amid the ongoing ethnic divides in Bosnia. In light of these experience, prof. Maksic proposed several ideas for greater political representation of the marginalized Palestinian population in municipal institutions of Jerusalem.
Prof. Maksić also utilized the opportunity to initiate partnerships with universities in Israel. He promoted the idea of developing study tours that would bring IRES students of the Security and Conflict Management Track to Israeli universities. In this manner, students would learn about the Middle East conflicts on the ground, giving them new, comparative angles on conflicts more generally.