International conference "World War I, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans" started at IUS

On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, the opening of the International conference entitled "World War I, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans" was held at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS). The conference aims at bringing together a number of eminent experts and researchers from home and abroad, who have been engaged through years, in research of these very interesting world phenomena that changed Europe and the world. Some of the consequences of the World War I have left its impact in the fields of medicine, geopolitics, method of warfare, and social relations that are even felt today.

Among the guests at this conference were many academicians, experts and  researchers on this subject and representatives of relevant institutions as well. The conference was organized with support of Prof. Dr. Mesut Idriz (IUS), Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University in Turkey, and T.C. Başbakanlik Yurtdişi Türkler. The conference participants were experts from the region and the world will hold a series of lectures on a complex view of the world, related to the facts of impact of the World War I on many generations.

At the opening of the conference, the guests were welcomed by the Rector of the International University of Sarajevo, Prof. Dr. Yücel Oğurlu. ‘’During the work of the this conference, prominent experts in this field will examine a range of important themes from the Origins of WWI, through The Ottoman Road to War to the Economic and Financial aspects of the war and National movements. We are in the year when we marking centenary of the beginning of the World War I - senseless event that changed the image of the world forever. The immediate trigger for war was an event that took place here in Sarajevo; assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria’’ - said Rector Oğurlu.

One of the keynote speakers and distinguished guests of the conference was the Rector of Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bulut.  During his speech, he emphasized the importance of commemorating World War I, as an important period for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. IUS is proud to be main organizer that as a higher education institution can be able to host this type of conferences which represent the stepping stone for educational upgrading in the field of history and social relations. The conference will take place at IUS, from 17 – 19 September, and it’s open to all visitors.

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