About us: Populari people
Populari is an independent Bosnian think tank established in 2006 by a small group of young, dynamic, creative-minded Bosnian analysts and researchers.
Alida Vračić - Director of Populari and one of the founders of the Centre.
Prior to founding Populari, Alida joined the European Stability Initiative in 2000, a think tank based in Berlin. Alida worked as a researcher in Sarajevo and as an ESI liaison officer on projects about judicial and economic policy related issues. She has led several projects in the Balkans for the Human Rights Centre of Sarajevo University and the Spanish Institutional Programme. Before becoming a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s State Court prosecutor team, she worked at the Human Rights Commission within the Constitutional Court of B&H. Alida studied law in Sarajevo and Austria, and international public policy at University College London in the UK.
Zoran Puljić - Executive director of Mozaik Foundation and a co-founder of Populari Centre
Eni Kurtović - A founding member of Populari
Goran Tirak - Analyst
Niheer Dasandi - Researcher/Analyst
Christine Bednarz - Researcher
Christine pursued her master's degree in Central and East European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where she focused her research on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Southeast Europe. Her thesis examines the role of the International Community in education reform in BiH. Before living in Poland, she studied at the Centre for Serbian as a Foreign Language at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, and continues to learn the local language. With her interest in photography and having studied History of Art for her bachelor's degree at James Madison University, Christine is also interested in utilizing new forms of media in policy research.
Jan Šindelář - Research Intern
Jan is currently in the last year of his Master's Degree in Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies at the Charles University in Prague. While pursuing his Bachelor's programme in Area Studies in Prague and London, Jan developed a great interest in the modern history and contemporary politics of South Eastern Europe. His current research targets the regional cooperation of the Western Balkans countries. Before coming to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Populari, Jan also interned in the NATO Information Center in Prague monitoring NATO policies in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Once again in 2011 we will award the three best pieces which tackle some of the negative stereotypes about BiH often seen in the media!
In 2010, the debate on international power in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still ongoing. No clear policies that would make the issue less complicated are in place. To investigate what this means outside of BiH and among 27 members of the European Union, with the support of Open Society Institute Think Tank Fund, and CEPS, under the supervision of Michael Emerson, Populari’s researcher Goran Tirak, undertook a challenge by investigating the effectiveness of the OHR when it comes to Bosnian aim towards full integration into the European Union.
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