The Serbia-based Center for History, Democracy, and Reconciliation (CHDR) works with partner institutions to improve Serb-Croat relations in Croatia and Serbia by organizing civil society engagement, minority group involvement, political and academic conferences, workshops, and panels. The Center’s projects promote a multinational, multiethnic, and nonpartisan history to help the process of democratization and reconciliation in the wider region. The Center seeks to dispel public myths about historical legacies in societies divided by ethnic conflict to develop a prosperous economic future for all groups living in Croatia and Serbia.
Over the last decade, CHDR organized annual summer schools in Golubić (Obrovac), Croatia, with academics, private sector professionals, minority leaders, and politicians with the goal of improving Serb-Croat relations and generating shared values for respect of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law. CHDR tackled issues related to memory, commemoration, hate speech in the public space, and public education. The CHDR plans to begin accepting US students from New York University (NYU) to its summer school and virtual events as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic permits.