PER - Project on Ethnic Relations

The Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) is dedicated to preventing ethnic conflict in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. PER was founded in 1991 in anticipation of the serious interethnic conflicts that were to erupt following the collapse of Communism. PER conducts programs of high-level intervention and dialogue and serves as a neutral mediator in several major disputes in the region. PER also conducts programs of training, education, and research at international, national, and community levels.

PER is supported by the United States Agency for International Development, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Government of Switzerland, the Government of Great Britain, the Government of Romania, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, NCH Capital Inc., the Alfred and Carol Moses Family Fund, and the People Technology Foundation, Inc.

The Project on Ethnic Relations...

  • provides neutral auspices for dialogues among government officials, opposition leaders, and representatives of ethnic groups seeking solutions to interethnic disputes.
  • works with strategic elites, national and regional opinion leaders, government officials, and professionals on projects dealing with ethnic conflict, and helps them obtain expert advice.
  • assists in the development of national and local institutions to deal with ethnic conflicts.
  • directs attention to the influence of the media on public opinion and works with opinion makers to encourage professionalism and objectivity in the coverage of ethnic issues and conflicts.
  • increases the visibility of individuals and institutions of moderate views through international recognition, validation, and support; helps them to organize regionally; and provides them with access to information and assistance from one another and from counterparts in other countries.
  • cooperates with international and European intergovernmental organizations in the development of strategies for dealing with interethnic tensions.
  • promotes cooperation between Romani (Gypsy) leaders, their governments, and international organizations.
  • trains a new generation of specialists to carry out both practical and analytical work in the management of interethnic conflicts.


Head of Office in Prishtina, Kosovo:

Mr. Leon Malazogu (see contact details)

Project type
  • Other
Contact details
Address:Agim Ramadani, 48/3 Prishtina
Geographical focus
  • International; Other
  • Montenegro
  • SEE
  • Serbia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General
  • Social Sciences
January 1997 - January 2008

Entry created by Anngrit Pichler on March 20, 2012
Modified on April 29, 2014