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Group picture at ESI 10 years anniversary conference. Photo: Jonathan Lewis

Group picture at ESI 10 years anniversary conference. Photo: Jonathan Lewis

10 years of ESI

July 2009

In summer 1999 a group of friends gathered in Sarajevo and decided to set up a new institution to analyse international policy in the Balkans. Thus ESI was born.

Ten years later a much larger group of friends, from across a much larger Europe, came together in Istanbul to discuss the lessons of the past decade (1999-2009) and how new ideas might shape the next decade of Europe's evolution (2009-2019)

We came together in a colourful building full of modern art, which reflected both the diverse composition of our staff and our eclectic approach to research methodologies, but built solidly on Byzantine foundations, in the heart of the old town.

At our event Michael Thumann and Amberin Zaman, correspondents for Die Zeit and The Economist, respectively, explored Turkey's ongoing democratisation. Nicu Popescu presented the latest ECFR report on the European neighbourhood. ESI Causasus analyst Arzu Geybullayeva spoke about challenges to democracy in Azerbaijan. ESI analysts Kristof Bender, Besa Shahini, Verena Knaus and Alex Stiglmayer spoke about the challenges facing enlargement in the Balkans.

In bullet-points, this is what ESI looks like in the middle of 2009:

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