The SOG is based on individual membership and is being supported institutionally by the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Since its establishment in 1952 the SOG is an important liaison organization for German foreign policy.
- To further the scientific, political, economic and cultural relations with countries in Southeast Europe;
- To accentuate the knowledge about historical and contemporary developments in the region;
- To enable an independent and non-partisan dialog between representatives from the Federal Republic of Germany and the countries in Southeast Europe;
- To provide a forum for exchange and communication;
- To offer policy advisory and facilitating the exchange of expertise in relevant policy making discussions on Southeast European affairs;
- To build collaborative networks of researchers, policy-makers and business representatives between individuals, organisations and institutions in Southeast Europe and across the whole of Europe;
- To disseminate research findings and the variety of views on Southeast European affairs through publications and public events.
The SOG Is Independent and Impartial
According to its statute the Southeast Europe Association is a private, non-profit association. Its members have different professional backgrounds ranging from academic researchers and politicians to representatives from business, culture and media. Its head office is located in Munich. In addition, the SOG has a network of regional branches across key university locations in Germany.
Through the accumulated expertise of its members the SOG provides different settings that enable an independent and non-partisan dialog between representatives from the Federal Republic of Germany and the countries in Southeast Europe. To pursue its objectives the Association organizes conferences, lectures and workshops for experts and the general public. Equally, various publications – including the bi-monthly journal Südosteuropa Mitteilungen – and the promotion of young academics complement its activities.
Partner Countries in Southeast Europe
The partner countries of the SOG are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- North Macedonia
- Republic of Moldova
Information, Knowledge Transfer and Networking
In the area of research and cooperation the SOG emphasizes the development of partnerships and networking activities between individuals, organisations and institutions in Southeast Europe. These activities seek to bring experts together.
The SOG facilitates contacts and cooperation between German and Southeast European researchers of various academic backgrounds. Moreover, the SOG is in a permanent exchange with international scientific institutions and experts from the fields of policy-making, business and media in Southeast Europe, German-speaking environs as well as the broader international community.
Successful research and the identification of solutions-based expertise require a dialog that is future-oriented, transcends borders between states and remains impartial vis-à-vis interest groups. The SOG expands this dialog across various levels, i.e.