Open and inspiring intellectual collaboration and free exchange of ideas and independent research on relevant issues is the backbone of modern societies. Humanities and social sciences in Southeastern Europe, after decades of strong political and ideological constraints and often self-inflicted deadlocks, are in urgent need for revitalization and opening towards global standards. CAS is the first institute of advanced studies on the territory of former Yugoslavia. To establish something new and produce a vision to become a publicly relevant hub for research, thought and global cooperation really is an extraordinarily challenging task. Taking up the challenge with all the international and regional support and so many enthusiasts assembled around CAS sparks new energies and makes me believe that fulfilling CAS’s vision is possible.
Dr. Vedran Dzihic is currently Senior Fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington D.C., and lecturer at the University of Vienna and various universities in the Western Balkans (Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade).