13 April 2004
ESI President Gerald Knaus meets George Soros and UN Best Practices Unit

During his recent US-trip, ESI President Gerald Knaus was welcomed in New York by George Soros, the founder and chairman of the Open Society Institute. George Soros and Gerald Knaus spoke about the ongoing ESI research in South Eastern Europe. The very good cooperation between OSI and ESI will be fostered and expanded in the future, and several ideas on new projects have been exchanged.

In order to share the experiences made with the Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit in Kosovo, Gerald Knaus met with the head of the United Nations Best Practices Unit, a think-tank within the UN, which was set up to analyse former UN missions and to implement conceptual changes to improve new missions.

Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com