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The Western Balkans: A Delicate Balance

Date & Time

Jun. 26, 2017
10:30am – 12:00pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Western Balkans: A Delicate Balance

The collapse of Yugoslavia twenty-six years ago unleashed brutal wars and a humanitarian catastrophe. Today, the delicate order in the Balkans is threatened yet again. Serbia aspires to join the European Union, yet also seeks to strengthen its ties with Russia, despite the current strains on the relationship between Moscow and the West. Relations between Kosovo and Serbia are tense. Unable to embrace necessary reforms, Bosnia is on the edge again, while Macedonia and Montenegro suffer from deep divisions. Continued recovery and peace in the Balkans will require sustained Western engagement and the prospect of EU integration. However, Europe is not in the mood for enlargement, and its authority in the Balkans is weakening. Meanwhile, Russian influences and radical Islamist ideology are spreading in the region.

Please join us as experts and academics discuss the challenges in the Western Balkans and the policy options for preserving the region’s fragile order and recovery.

 


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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more

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