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4 February 2006

No ESI report triggered a more vigorous national debate than our recent study of social change in Central Anatolia, Islamic Calvinists. In recent weeks Turkish commentators in all large national papers used this report to take a new look at the relationship between the Turkish state, Islam in Turkey and economic development. 


14 December 2005

ESI is calling on EU member states not to forget their commitments to the countries of the Balkans, and their vital interest in lasting stability in the region on the eve of Kosovo status negotiations.

19 September 2005

Our new report takes a closer look at current social and economic realities in Central Anatolia by exploring the recent economic revolution that has turned a number of former trading towns into manufacturing centres.

1 June 2005

This paper analyses the implications of the present Instrument of Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) draft regulation. It proposes that all potential candidates should be given the chance to progress towards EU membership on an equal footing with previous candidates.

12 April 2005

ESI analysts continue to meet with foreign ministries in EU member states and with politicians in the region to present the case for a change in the IPA regulation and for an accelerated process of EU member state building in the region.

13 January 2005

In addition to our work on EU policy and state building, we are continuing our field research in the Southern Balkans and in Central Anatolia, as well as our capacity building with young think-tanks in the region.


10 December 2004

This report is a description of the roots of the passivity of the Bosnian state. Its central premise is simple: to move towards Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to overcome its authoritarian temptation and embrace a genuinely democratic political process.

4 September 2004

Meeting in Istanbul this summer we have launched our latest new project: ESI Turkey. In what will be ESI's largest commitment, we will explore the process of transformation occurring in Turkey. 

7 June 2004

The paper proposes a number of practical measures for making this Standard a reality. A fundamental precondition, however, is that the international community explicitly rule out any solution for Kosovo based on territorial bargains or the expulsion of minority populations.

18 February 2004

This proposal is for a package of measures, designed to address both the unresolved political status of the city and its increasingly desperate economic plight.

3 February 2004

ESI argues that those who refuse the principle of incremental and consensual change without offering an alternative that could be implemented are practically supporting the status quo. In politics, nothing is more conservative than to wait for a miracle.

18 January 2004

ESI seeks to build bridges between the academic and the Balkan policy communities. Policy makers everywhere are busy people. Many who work in the field in Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Belgrade and in national capitals across the EU have little time and leisure to read books or long articles.


18 December 2003

This paper is an attempt to identify practical ways of achieving change. Beginning with existing institutions and the interests which lie behind them, it proposes a practical step forward that Bosnian politicians might actually agree to and implement.

6 October 2003

The debate on international power in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been intense throughout the summer. Numerous people and institutions reacted to the article on the Bonn powers which appeared in the Journal of Democracy in July 2003