Southeast Europe Events

Book Discussion: NATO in Search of a Vision

April 20, 2010 // 10:00am11:30am
Global Europe Program
Gulnur Aybet, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) and Dan Hamilton, Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

Which Way Next? Turkish Foreign Policy at the Crossroads

April 15, 2010 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Global Europe Program
Leyla Tavsanoglu, columnist with Cumhuriyet and author of "Chess Game in the Middle East"

"Building Good Neighborly Relations: Investment and Trade Facilitation in Southeast Europe

April 13, 2010 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
The Business Advisory Council for SEE has been serving as the private sector arm and advisory mechanism of the European and international mechanisms for regional cooperation - first under the auspices of US-led SECI, later the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe and currently with the Regional Cooperation Council.

Greece's Financial Crisis: The Politics of Resolution and Reform

March 24, 2010 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Global Europe Program
Achilles Skordas, Professor of International Law, University of Bristol(UK) and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School

Greek Gifts: Archaeophilia, Ochlocracy and Monochromatism in Contemporary Macedonia

March 10, 2010 // 11:00am12:30pm
Global Europe Program
As part of their program of "national revival," the Government of the Republic of Macedonia has embarked on a program of "antiquization" to lay claim to the legacy of Alexander the Great—in ways that resemble a longer process of antiquization in Greece, and which contribute to tensions between the two countries. This paper reviews the debate over antiquization within the Republic, focusing in particular on the robust critiques offered by a range of dissidents who risk being labeled as "dissidents" or "traitors." It then explores the similarities between the Republic's present and Greece's recent and more distant past, in which scholars and activists who questioned assumptions of cultural continuity and national purity have faced sanctions ranging from stalled career paths to lawsuits and death threats.

The Crisis over the Role of the Turkish Military

March 03, 2010 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Global Europe Program
Dr. Henri J. Barkey, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment and Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor, Lehigh UniversityDr. Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign RelationsProfessor Mithat Melen, Member of Parliament (MHP), Turkish Grand National Assembly

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