In 1962 the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO had the initiative of organizing at Sinaia (Romania) an international colloquium dealing with “the Balkan and South-East European Civilizations”. Its debates resulted into a task meant to concentrate interest and efforts: that one of giving full value, with no prejudice, to an historical and spiritual patrimony of a remarkable unity and ancient tradition.
It was this way that an year later, on April 23rd 1963, the International Association of South-East European Studies (AIESEE) came to be founded in Bucharest, enjoying, since its very beginning, the moral and financial support granted by UNESCO.
Housing its General Secretariat in Bucharest, the Romanian State assumed from the beginning the charge to assist financially the activity of this one.
Conceived as an international non-governmental organism, supported all along its activity by UNESCO, AIESEE aims at promoting the study on the civilizations spread over the Balkan and South-East European spaces, on their relationship with the other civilizations of Europe or of the rest of the world, on their share to the world’s cultural patrimony, turning thus this study into a means for reaching peace and friendship, rising above the variety of ideologies and political regimes.
The official language of the association is French, but as communication language English is also accepted. At the time of scientific meetings are accepted other international languages.
As with regard to the field of interest, AIESEE has chosen for the vast domain of human sciences: history, archeology, ethnography, linguistics, philology, folklore, arts, law, etc.
The International Bureau approves the scientific program of the Association:

President: André GUILLOU (France)
Vice-presidents: Luan OMARI (Albania)
Klaus ROTH (Germany)
Vasilka TAPKOVA-ZAIMOVA (Bulgaria)
Vassiliki PAPOULIA (Greece)
Vladimir K. VOLKOV (Russia)
Melek DELILBASI (Turkey)
- (Serbia & Montenegro)
General Secretary: Razvan THEODORESCU (Romania)

Its members are national committees of Balkan and South-East European Studies, representing, up to the present time, 24 countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Poland, the Republic of Moldavia, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Serbia & Montenegro, Turkey and USA.
Each president of the national committee is a member of the International Committee of AIESEE. At the same time the Association remains open to any national or international organism whose interest and activity cover the same domain, as in the case of the International Council of Indo-European and Thracian Studies (Sofia) and South-East Europe contemporary history Center (Belgrade), affiliated to AIESEE.

On the one hand, AIESEE is affiliated to the International Committee of Historical Sciences (CISH/ICHS) and to the UNESCO Permanent Committee of International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), enjoying a B-category status. On the other hand, since its foundation, AIESEE was granted the support of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH/ ICPHS), developing together one of the most satisfactory collaboration.

In order to put into practice its activity programs, AIESEE called more than 80 scientific meetings assisted scientific research within its specific commissions or work groups, organized seminars and practical courses for the young researchers. Since 1966 AIESEE organized 9 international Congresses of South-East Europeans Studies, also taking an active part in international congresses dealing with related fields, as it is for example the International Congress of Historical Sciences.

The International Congress of South-East European studies has been held in:

1. Sofia 1966
2. Athens 1970
3. Bucharest 1974
4. Ankara 1979
5. Belgrade 1984
6. Sofia 1989
7. Thessaloniki 1994
8. Bucharest 1999
9. Tirana 2004

Mention must be made, as with regard to the activity developed by AIESEE in the realm of publications, to: the “Bulletin de l’AIESEE”, a scientific journal as well as a means of scientific information, come to its XXVIII issue; the: “Bulletin d’archéologie sud-est européenne”, of which 3 issues appeared up to now; 21 volumes of studies and documents and the proceedings of most of the colloquia organized by AIESEE.
It is this activity, developed over than 42 years of perseverance that made AIESEE to be considered as one of the most important non-governmental organizations in the field of Balkans and South-East European studies.

Activities 2000-2002

1. “Journées balkaniques” meeting organized in during the 19th International Congress of the Historical Sciences on “The European Union and the European Southeast”, Oslo, the August 11-12 2000.
2. Published the 31st number of the Bulletin de l’AIESEE, 2002.
3. International Conference on the “Processus historique et développement de la communication au service de la paix: le cas du Sud-Est européen des origines à nos jours ”, organized in collaboration and with the material support of the UNESCO, Paris, 1-3 March 2002.

Activities 2003 - 2005

1. Experts Meeting with the subject “La Renaissance dans le Sud-Est européen”, Calabria, 4-6 September 2003.
2. The 9th International Congress of Southeast European Studies, Tirana, 30 August –3 September 2004, having as main focus the Peoples, States and nations in the Southeast Europe on the long length divided on the following major themes:
a) The Southeast Europe – a geopolitical concept.
b) Processes and economical developments in the Southeast Europe
c) Social movements and societies in the Southeast Europe
d) Common traditions, exchanges and thinking trends in the Southeast Europe
e) "National Schools" in the literature and the arts of the Southeast Europe

3. Publication of the 22nd volume of the Bulletin de l’AIESEE 2003.
4. Elaboration of the collective work “Pour une grande histoire des Balkans des origines aux guerres balkaniques: unité culturelle et particularismes, identités culturelles et dialogues interculturels ”, of which the first volume – Space, Peoples, Languages - already was presented at the Tirana Congress. We hope to publish the two other volumes till the Paris Congress in 2009.
5. Meeting “Journées Balkaniques ” organized during the 20th International Congress of Historical Sciences on “Politique et culture dans l’histoire du Sud-Est européen: facteurs d’association, facteurs de dissociation”, Sydney, 3-9 July 2005.

Activities 2006 – 2009

1. Conference on “La Sicilia, i Balcani, il Mediteraneo - storia, cultura, lingue e popoli ” (Sicily, the Balkans, the Mediterranean – history, culture, languages and peoples), Palermo, 2006.
2. Scientific meeting on the “Réalités historiques et idéologies politiques: les projets de coopération entre les peuples balkaniques ”, Athens, 2007.
3. Symposium with the theme “L'Europe centrale et le Sud-Est européen aux XIXe-XXe siècles ”, Sofia or Cepelare 2008.
4. The 10th International Congress of Southeast European Studies, Paris 2009.