Southeast Europe Publications

Greeks, Turks, And The Burdens Of History

Jul 07, 2011
December 1999- The nineteenth century French historian Ernst Renan wrote that a nation is "a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors." Though pessimistic, this aphorism conveys some basic truth about the importance of history--and myth--to national identity. And it highlights the enduring phenomenon of nationalist animosity in international relationships. more

Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo: A Benelux In the Balkans?

Jul 07, 2011
October 2004 - Five years since the NATO intervention in Kosovo and four years since the democratic revolution in Serbia, the region that comprises Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo is still in political limbo. The international community has been ineffective in pushing for final settlements to resolve the separate, but interconnected, problems of Kosovo and Serbia and Montenegro. Final status agreements concerning these issues need to be achieved in concert within the next 16 months. Otherwise, new sources of regional destabilization are sure to arise. more

Keep The NATO Flag In Greece

Jul 07, 2011
January 2003- In this new age of international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, states a senior NATO official, "Turkey has replaced Germany as the keystone state for European security. NATO's Mediterranean countries, headed by Greece, follow Turkey as the new 'frontline' states." The paradigm shift in the alliance's strategic thinking reveals a new vitality and purpose within NATO, as the realities of emergent and potentially catastrophic threats move the defense debate from deterrence to pro-active security measures. more

Turkey, the United States and the Delusion of Geopolitics

Jul 07, 2011
Autumn 2006: Article published in Survival Magazine (vol. 48, no. 3): Turkey and Turkish–US relations have been prisoners of a narrow concept of geopolitics. The key questions are not geographic – whether Turkey is a bridge or a barrier, a flank or a front – but how Turkey will act, and whether Turkish and American policies are convergent or divergent. more

The War on Global Terrorism: Implications for the Eastern Mediterranean

Jul 07, 2011
October 2001 - On September 11, war was thrust upon the Western world in a calculated and evil manner. Hijacked civilian airliners, loaded with innocent people, were cruelly used as instruments of war to kill thousands of unsuspecting Americans and nearly 2,000 citizens from over 60 other countries, including Greece and Turkey. more

The Balkan Stability Pact: A Crucial Test for Europe

Jul 07, 2011
September 2000 - The bureaucracy and rhetoric surrounding the year-old Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe have grown apace, but there have been few tangible results so far. Western nations and eastern Europe alike are poised, waiting to see if the pact can live up to its goals and promises. more

Turkey's Western Destiny

Jul 07, 2011
April 24, 2007- (Published in the Wall Street Journal, Page A19) By midnight tomorrow, Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan will decide the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) candidate for president of Turkey. Ten days ago, in an unprecedented gathering demonstrating the polarization gripping that country, hundreds of thousands marched in Ankara against Mr. Erdogan choosing himself. more

A Brave New World in Turkish Politics

Jul 07, 2011
November 2002 - There are moments in life when a development that one does not find particularly desirable may generate a great sense of relief and even elation. Once a struggle is over, the side effects of its outcome may be seen and appreciated as the harbinger of a new and hopefully auspicious beginning. more

Macedonia, F.Y.R.

Jul 07, 2011

Turkey, The US, and Cooperation For Transformation in the New Black Sea Region

Jul 07, 2011
May 2007 - This paper was commissioned as part of the project on "Reshaping US - Turkey Relations," an 18-month project, headed by Public Policy Scholar Dr. Ian O. Lesser. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Southeast Europe Project or the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.