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I believe one of the most innovative and fascinating projects that EWI did in 1990s was the creation of the Carpathian Euroregion, which later lead to the establishment of the Carpathian Foundation. The whole process started in 1992, at the time when the wars in the Balkans and in the former Soviet Union started to spread. Carpathian region incorporating 5 post-communist countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania,...
Some of my best moments when working for EWI in early 2000’s were related to CELA (Central Eurasia Leadership Academy). The original idea of the project was to identify and bring together young leaders from Central Eurasia (all “stans” in Cental Asia + Caucasian republics) for a leadership training, which took place at the Koc University in Istanbul. The main purpose of the whole exercise was to contribute to a better...