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In the Republic of Northern Macedonia, I have not heard of anyone who has left, especially a young educated staff, returning to the country.
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I'm working on a Research focused on this theme and I would be grateful if some of you can share his/her knowledge about the topic. Any input is appreciated, thank you.
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I am researching about the role of FDI on trade balance in the Western Balkan countries. Can you help me with related research and finding data?
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Central Banks of the countries in the region provide the data needed for the research of this topic on their respective websites. As for the relevant studies, you may find the following paper on the topic interesting:
Jacimovic, D. (2013). FDI Effects to the Balance of Payment in the Western Balkan Countries, in (Mojsovska, S., Ed.) "Regional Trade Integration in South East Europe: Benefits and Challenges", Skopje: Institute of Economics.
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Dear Colleagues,
Economic policy in the European Union's Eastern and Southern neighborhood is embedded in the frameworks offered by EU's enlargement and neighborhood policies. Under these frameworks, regional development and policy play a significant role, as is evident in the current introduction of the smart specialization approach to regional innovation policy in the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, and Tunisia. Further approaches of regional development relevant to EU enlargement and neighborhood countries include the LEADER/CLLD approach, and building capacities in organizations such as regional development agencies according to experiences made in EU member states represents an important complement for the introduction of policy approaches. In this context, the special issue seeks contributions that deal with aspects of regional analysis, policy approaches, and institutional or organizational questions in EU enlargement or neighborhood countries and their regions. 
Dr. Maximilian Benner
Guest Editor
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i will like to contribute
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The EU-supported land swap plan between Serbia and Kosovo would redraw the Serbia-Kosovo partition to allow a Serbian-speaking territory in Kosovo’s north to join Serbia, while an Albanian-speaking region in Serbia’s south would join Kosovo. The stakes are high: Resolving this impasse probably would pave the way for Kosovo to gain a seat at the United Nations. And it would boost the likelihood that both Kosovo and Serbia would join the European Union and, potentially, NATO.
But there are growing concerns over a pact to partition Kosovo. Critics say it would open a “Pandora’s box” in the Balkans, with ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia potential flash points. Even in Albania, which borders Kosovo. What do you think about this issue?
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Dear Ardian, thanks for your comments; they help elucidating several points, but also to sustain a friendly and healthy debate over common concerns. True, ethnically cleansed countries are impossible, but if we manage to take out of our problems that one ethnically-driven gravity center, we could reduce the rest to manageable levels. The land swap would reduce Kosovo minorities to insignificant levels (and encourage their migration, much like the Greek minority in southern Albania has left the country for good), and no one could any longer claim to still keep that dagger (multiculturalism) on Kosovo polity's back. Kosovo's key independence problems are not from without but from within; they are enshrined in its constitution. In a book chapter that I just submitted to an edited volume on peacebuilding that will come out from Cambridge University Press, I advocate in favor of the pragmatic peace instead of the liberal peace. Now I am elaborating the idea even further, and claim that liberal peace in Kosovo has failed, and we should (indeed must) seek for pragmatic solutions (hence pragmatic peace). One of them is to drop multiculturalism (a clear element of liberal peace enforced upon us as an element of liberal peace), since it has helped to produce in Kosovo only negative peace (no war) but not positive peace (development). Switching model from liberal peace to pragmatic peace would allow us to explore other opportunities. This might mean tectonic shifts in domestic and international politics, but Kosovo is no stranger to those. But it takes courage, clairvoyance and national consensus instead of petty squabbling.
We have tied our interest with the EU for too long and without any clear explanation or reasons: mainly because our folks see the EU membership as an easy way to migrate (at least that's what my own public opinion polls show). But we have weakened ourselves by appearing on Brussels' doors as choice-less and desperate. This is even more outrageous when we do have true choices, and the Albania/Kosovo unification is a very clear one. And it would be more profitable for us, as it would open up enough market for us to grow, but not enough as to get squashed. By taking out the bulk of Serbs from Kosovo, land swap would remove the only barrier outside of our control toward such an unification.
Vëllazërisht!
Ridvani
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Hello, I'm interested in studies focusing on the potential impact of China's present and future activity in the Western Balkans on the region's territorial governance and territorial development dynamics.
Can anyone suggest recent research/articles on the matter?
Any help appreciated! :)
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There was an interesting article in NRC Handelsblad - a leading Dutch newspaper. It was not about TG, but about Chinese investments having an impact on TG. In short: China invests in infrastructure - and countries cannot pay back the loans. The property, or a 99 year right, then goes to China. This happened in Sri Lanka (a whole harbour is now Chinese), and is likely to happen in African countries. China is not in TG, but in getting critical infrastructure, and that has an impact on TG. And China makes long term investments - and waits for 10-20 years. It would be interesting to check out the details of the loan documents. regards
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Kosovar and Serbian officials have suggested a possible solution for solving the major obstacle to integrating the Western Balkans into the EU after the Name Issue of Macedonia, could be a land swap based on where ethnic Serb and Albanian minorities are concentrated — Kosovo's northern Mitrovica region for Serbia's Presevo Valley.
The flag of Kosovo is blue with a yellow geographical map of the country. Should it be changed? Or?
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The most important long run objective for the two countries is to work hard to improve long run relations by pursuing permanent peace. This will be accomplished when the two countries stabilize democracy and respect human rights for all citizens whether they are members of a majority or a minority group.This is a must for both countries in order to qualify for EU membership. Such an approach will be the long term benefit for both countries, the Balkans, the EU and Europe. As a result there is no room for extreme ultra nationalistic or religious fanatic groups to play a role. It is clear that much progress is achieved by both countries and need to continue for them to meet the Copenhagen Criteria for EU membership, As for the flag of Kosovo this can be easily arranged once trust and democracy prevail among the two countries.
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This question can be related to Western Balkan countries too...
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Thanks Arnab for the information provided!
Best,
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For example, the issue of regional cooperation in the Western Balkan region is a discussions topic that has been the subject of some examinations. The region continues to face numerous challenges: creation of the Development Strategies and to be strongly encouraged to pursue export-promotion and seeks to create growth and jobs , positioning within Europe and beyond.... However, The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) 2006 hasn't been shown as the driving benchmark to enhance the process of economic transition and economic growth of the region. So my question is why some transition countries prefer to be more export oriented to EU countries rather within the same geographical region.
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Dear Mr Weber,
Definitely, a liquidity of EU market is an essential for many East European countries as well as its EU perspective ....
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I have been trying hard to find labs in India to learn MCAO but it ended in vain so it will really helpful if i can get an opportunity for a basic training. Thanks 
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Thank you Srikanth Potharla  for your response. I thought of taking the log of the numbers as you said, but I have the fear that it will not be truly reflected in the results since it is not a comparison between two countries where taking the log for each country reduces the figures by the same rate and the difference will still be maintained. The case I was referring to was actually the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of my country and is that high. So if for examples I want to examine the effect of CPI on direct foreign investment for a number of years in my country using the log ,for example, in base 10, a CPI of 135 is about 2.13. Since the results is not interpreted in relation to another country will the interpretation be correct from the use of the logged figure.
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am doing my research on, Does there any differences in ethnicities in gait?
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WHO SAGE Waves 1 and 2 include gait speed (normal and rapid pace) and ethnicity/race variables - for China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa - you are welcome to examine this information at:
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I am searching on EU universities. Would you provide me with some suggestions? 
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In Denmark we have industrial PhDs. Employed at the company and affiliated at a university, thereby having offices both places. To provide any suggestions, you should specify in what areas you would like to do a PhD.
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I want to study whether is there possibility to  apply 'game theory'to analyze the geo-politics of southern peripheral countries. Just help me find out better sources for that ! 
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My advice would be "Game Theory "by D. Fudenberg and J. Tirole (MIT Press).
However, to start with the subject I suggest Thinking Strategically by A. Dixit and B. Nalebuff (Norton) or "A primer in game theory" by R. Gibbons (Prentice Hall)
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I came across articles presenting research that used Intercultural sensitivity Index (Olson & Kroeger, 2001), however there are no articles presenting testing of factor structure of the instrument nor how to identify developmental stage of a research participant. If anybody is familiar with such a literature I would be grateful if you could share. 
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Ahhh. How about these papers below. They seem to give both factor analysis and details of the use of the ISI.  
Chen, G. M., & Starosta, W. J. (2000). The development and validation of the intercultural sensitivity scale. Human Communication, 3, 1-15.
Holm, K., Nokelainen, P., & Tirri, K. (2009). Relationship of gender and academic achievement to Finnish students' intercultural sensitivity. High Ability Studies, 20(2), 187-200. doi:10.1080/13598130903358543
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Working on a special issue looking at vocational education and training at the secondary level in the Western Balkans and we want to include an article on the Roma.
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Topic is very interesting. In fact, Roma population has been quite an under-researched population for a while and recently has gained traction and momentum. While I am not very much aware of any research of VET programs for Roma population, here are some articles that speak about their background which should help you identify historically their occupational status and maybe hint you on where to focus more specifically:
Roma education in Europe: practices, policies, and politics
Miskovic, Maja
Troumpeta, Sevastē
Roma : A Minority in Europe
Stauber, Roni
Vago, Raphael
Czech republic-support work integration of the roma minority through vocational education program and counseling project (podpora pracovni integrace romske men iny prostrednictvim odborneho vzdelavaciho programu a poradenstvi). (2013). MENA Report, Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1284214499?accountid=4117
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