Western Balkans Events

Hijacked Justice: Dealing With the Past in the Balkans

June 10, 2009 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
The highly publicized arrest of indicted Bosnian war criminal, Radovan Karadzic, last year in Serbia was seen by many as a triumph of soft power. It was seen as proof that linking Serbia's cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to progress toward EU accession was the only way in which Serbia's leaders would be compelled to participate in transitional justice initiatives. Yet, despite Karadzic's transfer to The Hague and recent evidence of the government's finding other indictees, Jelena Subotic argues that transitional justice initiatives taken in Serbia have been largely a sham and have been hijacked by politics.

Moving Forward in High Seas: The Balkans in 2009

May 27, 2009 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Ivan Vejvoda, Executive Director, Balkan Trust for Democracy
Webcast

Federal Conference: Innovative Strategies for European Integration of the Western Balkans

May 06, 2009 // 9:00am5:00pm
Global Europe Program
EU accession holds the best hope for overcoming stagnation on democracy-building, market reform and state consolidation in the Western Balkans. However, the traditional enlargement process is not well suited to the region and requires a coordinated strategy between the EU, the United States and other international actors if it is to succeed in the near future. This meeting will aim to discuss the EU enlargement process, the role of the US and other international actors to support this process, the unique obstacles to the success of the process in the Western Balkans and innovations that might be introduced for a new, coordinated policy toward the region.

Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans: A Progress Report

April 29, 2009 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University; John Lampe, Professor of History, University of Maryland-College Park

Into the Weeds: Obstacles to Good Governance in the Balkans

February 18, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Mark Baskin, senior associate and research professor, Center for International Development, Rockefeller College, University of Albany; Paula Pickering, associate professor of government, College of William and Mary

Challenges to EU and US Policy in the Western Balkans

January 14, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
After eight years of relative neglect, James Lyon expressed hope that the Western Balkan region would ascend in U.S. foreign policy priorities under the Obama administration, not only due to the Clinton administration's legacy there, but also because of the crisis that is currently brewing, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Current policy, in which the U.S. has encouraged the EU to integrate the region into its institutional structures, has had variable success throughout the region. While Croatia is very close to being granted member status and Macedonia and Montenegro have made marked progress, the EU enlargement strategy has failed to gain traction in Bosnia or Serbia. Meanwhile, Kosovo creates special challenges, since there is strong opposition to its independence, not only by Serbia but also by certain EU member states.

Can NATO and the EU Prevent Conflict in the Balkans?

June 18, 2008 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Jeffrey Simon, Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Is There a Kosovo Precedent? Secession, Self-Determination and Conflict Resolution

June 13, 2008 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Christopher J. Borgen, Associate Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law; Charles King, Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies and Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University

Dependence, Independence and Interdependence: Capacity Building and Education for Stability and Integration in Kosovo and the Western Balkans

May 28, 2008 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Arben Hajrullahu, Fulbright Humphrey Fellow and WWICS scholar in residence

Putting the A back into Kosov@: How Independence Compels us to Reconsider the history of the state, Islam and identity in the Balkans

April 30, 2008 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Isa Blumi, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University

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