Burch Field Research Seminar -- Summer 2007
Vienna, Austria,  Bosnia- Herzegovina and Croatia

The seminar will provide students with an opportunity to

  • Examine structure, dynamics, and interaction  of international organizations
  • Investigate the involvement of the international community in the Balkan conflicts
  • Explore European security and political structure
  • Learn how the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) works
  • The development of state institutions, minority rights frameworks, and inter-ethnic cooperation in the former Yugoslavia
Schonbrun Palace in Vienna 

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is home to world reknown opera, symphonies, and art museums.  The cafe culture is also famous.

Join the seminar, "International Organizations And The Balkans:  Focus On The Organization For Security And Cooperation In Europe (OSCE)," to take place in Vienna from approximately June 9 to August 3, 2007.  The seminar will be led by Dr. Robert M. Jenkins, Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and will include a two-week visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. The seminar will build on successful seminars in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

Burch Students Receive Briefing on Mostar Reconstruction

The seminar will spend approximately two weeks visiting international organizations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.  In addition to briefings by OSCE in Croatia and   Bosnia-Herzegovina, and students will meet with representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the European Union, and the Office of High  Representative.

The seminar will research questions on international organizations and their role in the Balkan conflict and peace process.  Specific attention will be given to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is headquartered in Vienna.  The OSCE has a central role in Balkans, monitoring compliance with peace plans, organization elections, teaching media and police representatives, and promoting human rights.  In addition, students will have an opportunity to visit the regional United Nations headquarters in Vienna and hear briefings from diplomats from a number of countries.
In 2007, we will spend one week at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  The week will include joint morning sessions with sociology students from the University of Zagreb.  Afternoons will be open to touring cultural and historical sights. 
Dubrovnik, Croatia


Heldenplatz, Vienna 
Location of the OSCE Permanent Council meetings

To see the syllabus from the 2005 seminar, click here.   There will be significant changes made in 2007 because the seminar will be expanded by three weeks.  Final details will be available in the coming weeks. To see the 2003 syllabus, click here.  To see a Power Point overview of the 2007 program, click here.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenkins by phone, 919-962-0901, or by email, rjenkins@email.unc.edu.   Or  visit the Burch Field Research Seminar listing for Vienna at the UNC Study Abroad web site.