Webcast Recap

East European Studies, in cooperation with the West European Studies program and the Southeast Europe project, present a federal conference on:

Innovative Strategies for European Integration of the Western Balkans

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.

Exact times are subject to change

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 Introduction: Martin Sletzinger

Panel I: External State Building Mechanisms

Chair: Samuel Wells

Wade Jacoby, Brigham Young University
Gulnur Aybet, University of Kent
Ioannis Tsorbatzoglou, SECIPRO and Current Southeast Europe Scholar
Othon Anastasakis, Oxford University

Coffee Break

Panel II: Unique Challenges posed by the Countries of the Western Balkans

Chair: Martin Sletzinger

Gordon Bardos, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Ivan Grdesic, University of Zagreb and current WWICS Public Policy Scholar
Islam Yusufi, Analytica Think Tank, Skopje, Macedonia
Milica Uvalic, University of Perugia and current WWICS Public Policy Scholar

Lunch in the 6th floor dining room
Luncheon Keynote Address: Jason Hyland, Director of Balkan Affairs, Department of State

Panel III: Innovative Solutions for European Integration

Chair: Nida Gelazis

Elena Jileva, Center for Political and Constitutional Studies, Madrid
Sharon Fisher, IHS Global Insight
Bruce Hitchner, Tufts University
Closing remarks

This event will take place in the 6th floor Flom Auditorium.