The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) and International Institute jointly inaugurated the Southeast European studies program and fundraising effort in 1995 with support from an alumnus specializing on the region. The initiative assures the preservation and strengthening of the study of Yugoslavia, its successor states, and the region's other former communist countries at the University of Michigan.
Housed at CREES, the program supports a range of public events, including conferences, lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings, often in cooperation with the Center for European Studies (CES). In previous years, it undertook projects to assist libraries in Bosnia and awarded Fred Cuny Fellowships in Southeast European Studies to incoming U-M graduate students focusing their studies on the region. The program has also supported topical mini-courses, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language instruction and student research visits and internships in the region.