Discussing Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe in the Big Apple: An Interview with Alexander Cooley

“You see a lot of human rights practices and norms under assault all over the world. In our region especially, we are witnessing the forces of nationalism and populism and there’s a growing perception that the US isn’t as engaged as a steward for human rights as it once was,” says Cooley.

Mountains: Once a Place of Fear, Now a Beacon of Unity

Much of the fighting that took place during the Bosnian war of the 1990s occurred in the country’s mountains, hills, and countryside. Now, BiH is re-establishing itself as a hub for outdoor and adventure tourism.

Klima Bez Dima Multimedia Contest

The Klima Bez Dima initiative invites youth from across Bosnia and Herzegovina to submit creative multimedia content that tackles topics related to smoking in BiH and it impacts and/or promotes the benefits of a smoke-free environment.

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Balkan Diskurs staff is composed of both local and international members who possess experience and expertise in a wide range of disciplines, ranging from journalism and human rights to peacebuilding and transitional justice. As a team, we are dedicated to supporting young talent, challenging stereotypes and providing viewpoints on society, culture, and politics that cannot be found in other media.


Balkan Diskurs awards

Winner of the Intercultural Achievement Recognition Award by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
Open Fun Football Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The importance of sports for children and young adults cannot be underestimated. Sports are a great way for children to learn essential life skills that will serve them in later life, such as teamwork, cooperation, and the principles of a healthy lifestyle.
Don’t Stand in My Way: Improving Issues of Inaccessibility for BiH’s Disabled
In Bosnian society, persons with disabilities are not recognized as equals and are often treated with pity or fear.
Smoking and Women’s Health: The Disproportionate Effects Among the Sexes
In her book From Outrage to Courage, scholar Anne Firth Murray remarks: “Being born female is dangerous for your health. This reality may not be true for many readers, but for most women living in poor countries around the globe, it is devastating.”
The Pursuit for Equality: Women and Business in BiH
It isn’t easy being a woman in today’s world, but the increasing differences in the treatment of women and men have a significant impact on the statistics on women’s employment in BiH.
The Stories and Places I Always Go Back To
It seems that I am not able to resist going back to the ruined places of my childhood. They are there to break me, to shake me; they are a part of my identity. After all, they are here only to come to life again.
Youth Heroes: Jajce Teens Halt Further Segregation in Schools
The authorities did not take them seriously, but the youths’ persistence and courage, along with public pressure, resulted in the revocation of the decision to further segregate schools in Jajce.