Melisa H. Mehmedović and Ajla Keško, third-year students at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, participated at the 2019 GLOBSEC Forum held in Bratislava between June 6 and June 8 as part of a delegation that presented the results of the research project Strengthening Resilience of the Youth to Radicalization in the Western Balkans.
The research project Strengthening Resilience of the Youth to Radicalization in the Western Balkans, which was conducted under the auspices of Humanity in Action, aimed at identifying the factors that make youth more prone to radicalization. The research included conducting seven focus groups consisting of primarily high school students and ten interviews with various stakeholders.
The GLOBSEC Forum is organized annually by GLOBSEC, which is a “global think tank committed to enhancing security, prosperity, and sustainability in Europe and throughout the world” by “generating new ideas and solutions” and “putting together the right stakeholders at the right time for a free exchange of ideas,” according to its website.
Among those stakeholders were H. Mehmedović, as delegation leader, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia. At a side event, she presented the results of the project on behalf of the entire research team to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, which funded the project.
Keško, on the other hand, attended the GLOBSEC Forum as a youth leader and attended several workshops intended to further her leadership capabilities as a youth leader, enable networking among youth leaders from the region and further, and share experiences that may be helpful to others in challenging important issues facing other youth leaders.
H. Mehmedović and Keško also participated in the 2019 GLOBSEC Forum on the topic of Navigating through Disruption. They attended various panel sessions on a variety of topics and including many relevant individuals for the research project’s topic – Strengthening Resilience of the Youth to Radicalization in the Western Balkans.
Of the more than 20 panels, some of the more prominent one include those on “Ideas Harnessing Disruption” at which Mirsloav Lajček, the Slovak Foreign Minister, spoke and “Leading Europe: Challenges and Expectations” at which Peter Pellegrini and Andrej Babiš, the Sovak and Czech prime ministers, spoke.
In addition, Aleksandar Vučić, the president of Serbia, Milo Đukanović, the president of Montenegro, Majlinda Bregu, the secretary general of the Sarajevo-based Regional Cooperation Council, and Ekaterina Zakharieva, the Bulgarian minister of foreign affairs, spoke on a panel on the topic of “Western Balkans: Drifting Away from Europe.”
“We are glad to have attended such a prestigious international event with so many high-ranking guests that had such insightful comments about myriad events that are both current and relevant to the research we had been conducting for approximately four months,” H. Mehmedović and Keško concurred.
H. Mehmedović and Keško are one of the best students at the Department, managing to excel academically while partaking in such extracurricular activities of academic and social significance. In addition, the Department is more than happy to accommodate and support such ambitious students like them. We are very proud of our Melisa H. Mehmedović and Ajla Keško.