Southeast Europe Events

Islam at the EU Border: Muslim Minorities in Greece and Bulgaria

February 23, 2010 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Global Europe Program
Over the last 20 years, Bulgaria and Greece have pursued variable and divergent policies toward their Muslim minorities. During a brief period near the end of the Communist regime, Bulgaria forced Turks to assimilate. This policy was abandoned by the democratic government that took power in the 1990s. At the same time, Greece recognized its Muslim minority and facilitated the "Turkification" of its Muslim citizens throughout the 1980s, but then abandoned that policy by blocking minority rights in the 1990s. Harris Mylonas suggested that these policy shifts are commonly explained by assumptions or models that link minority treatment, regime type, ideology and leadership personalities. Rejecting these hypotheses, Mylonas argued that the structure of the international system was the most salient indicator influencing the treatment of Muslim minorities in both countries.

Clashing Between Religion and Raki? The Struggle of the Turkish Elites

February 03, 2010 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Michael Thumann, Bosch Public Policy Fellow, Transatlantic Academy and Middle East Bureau Chief, DIE ZEIT

Achieving the Grand Vision: Southeast Europe in the EU

February 02, 2010 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
Crown Prince Alexander II voiced his strong support for Serbia's application for EU membership, which its leaders submitted to Brussels in December 2009. He asserted that "Serbia will gain political and economic benefit from EU membership," arguing that the reforms necessary to meet accession obligations will help to strengthen government institutions.

Political Islam in Turkey: Running West, Heading East?

January 12, 2010 // 1:30pm3:00pm
Global Europe Program
Gareth Jenkins, Journalist and Senior Associate Fellow, Silk Roads Studies Program

America, Europe and Global Security: Convergent Goals, Divergent Capacities

December 14, 2009 // 1:30pm3:00pm
Global Europe Program
Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis, Greek Ambassador to the United States

Turkey's Direction in Human Rights and Foreign Policy

December 02, 2009 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Global Europe Program
Ambassador Riza Turmen, former judge, European Court of Human Rights and columnist for Milliyet (Turkish Daily)

The Transatlantic Imperative: Security and Stability in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea Region

November 24, 2009 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
Director's Forum with Her Excellency Rumiana JelevaForeign Minister of Bulgaria

Understanding the East: The Legacy of Distorted History and Foreign Policy

November 17, 2009 // 1:30pm3:00pm
Global Europe Program
Lars Brownworth, author and creator of "12 Byzantine Rulers" podcast

After the Greek Elections: Challenges and Opportunities in the U.S.-Greece Partnership

October 29, 2009 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
Nikolas Karahalios, Chairman, Forum 2020, and Former Secretary for Political Planning and Program Development, New Democracy Party, Greece

Greece's New Foreign Policy: Papandreou's Agenda in Turkey, Cyprus and the Balkans

October 29, 2009 // 10:00am11:30am
Global Europe Program
Dr. Aristotle Tziampiris, Assistant Professor, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus (Greece)