European Studies Senior Associate Nida Gelazis was recently quoted in the Italian on-line newspaper Affaritaliani assessing the benefits of European enlargement in the Western Balkans. In an article by Massimiliano Santalucia titled "The Balkan countries break into Europe. Montenegro and Serbia in the EU Soon," Gelazis discussed the pros and cons of admitting the former Yugoslav countries to the EU.
European Studies Senior Associate Nida Gelazis briefed Congress’ Helsinki Commission before the upcoming NATO summit, to be held in Chicago this spring. Gelazis’ testimony was part of a hearing that examined NATO’s role in preventing conflict in the Western Balkans, among other important Euro-Atlantic issues.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
In response to the escalating tensions in the Bahraini capital Manama, and following the State Department's statement of concern regarding the violence in the city, Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman issued the following statement.
The State Department issued a statement on behalf of Nabeel Rajab, 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award recipient and leading Bahraini human rights activist who was beaten by government forces in the capital of Manama last week.
Alexandros Petersen, advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative, discusses the future role of the newly established EU-US Energy Council in an article following the meeting between US Secretaries of State and Energy, Hillary Clinton and Stephen Chu with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger in late November.
Nabil Rajab, recipient of the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, says Bahraini people will continue to fight for human rights despite government intimidation. After ten months of government crackdown "people are back to the streets and are committed to the struggle until they achieve their goal."
In addition to the difficult negotiations surrounding the governance of the eurozone, the December 9, 2011 EU Council meeting also considered the question of EU enlargement. At the meeting, the Council decided to delay granting candidate status to Serbia and Montenegro so that each country could have more time to address some of the pre-accession conditions. European Studies Senior Associate, Nida Gelazis, spoke with Belgrade-based Beta News Service about the implications of the Council’s decision for Serbia, the European Union, and the United States.
Rajab sat down on Dec. 4 for an exclusive interview with The Cable. His main message was that the Obama administration's defense of the Bahraini government, including a new push to sell it more weapons, is sowing seeds of distrust and resentment of the United States among the Bahraini people. He urged the Obama administration to use its influence in Bahrain to press the regime for improvements on human rights.