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The Institute of Communication Studies is a leading research organization in the field of journalism and media studies, public relations and corporate communications. Our mission is to contribute towards strengthening of Macedonian democracy by working with media, civil society and public institutions, educating a critical public that will ask for greater transparency and accountability through engagement in the policy creation process.


Res Publica announces: “Tales from the region”

For several months now, the region “breathes” in emergency circumstances caused by COVID-19. To prevent the virus from spreading, governments in the region are taking a number of measures. Citizens, institutions and the private sector face a number of different challenges. We know the situation at home, but how do neighboring countries deal with the pandemic? What are their challenges? What lessons can we learn from this health (and economic) disaster?

To answer these questions, we launched a blog initiative with seven organizations and authors from the region (Albania, BiH, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia). During two weeks (June 24 – July 6), we will read how COVID-19 attacked the countries in the region, what measures were taken by their local and national authorities and how the citizens reacted to these measures. We will learn from their successes, but also from their mistakes.

By sharing their “tales”, we learn about the challenges the region faces in the coming months, and we learn what the “new normal” will look like for all of us.

The initiative “Tales From the Region” is implemented by the academic blog Res Publica in cooperation with the Institute of Democracy and Mediation (Albania), Analiziraj.ba (BiH), Radio KIM (Kosovo), Sbunker (Kosovo), the civic initiative “Ne Davimo Beograd ”(Serbia) and PCNEN (Montenegro).

The initiative is implemented within the project “Connecting the Dots: Improved Policies through Civic Engagement” implemented by the Institute of Communication Studies, with the support of the British Embassy Skopje.