15 September - Kurt Bassuener
Kurt Bassuener offers his view of Britain’s interest in the Western Balkans and potential role in catalyzing an overdue reassessment of the Western policy towards the region.
The Submission was published by the International Relations Committee at: http://bit.ly/2xMfMDt
It has been a rough couple of years for liberal democracy in the West. A series of unprecedented challenges to postwar liberalism in continental Europe have driven those who believed the triumph of democracy was just a question of development and time into retreat. The German election was freighted with continental expectation that a new impetus would follow; French President Emmanuel Macron’s sweeping speech on Europe tapped into this. But the unconstitutional independence referendum in Catalonia, and the heavy-handed response of the Spanish government, have tempered that nascent hope.
September 11 2017 - Kurt Bassuener
DPC co-founder and senior associate, presented to fellow Fulbright awardees and a wider audience at the June 2017 “Brave New World” EndCap conference in Edinburgh. His talk, titled “Selling Fog”, traces the links between techniques of populist demagoguery in the Balkans and those on display in the established democracies today, including his homeland, the United States.
New Policy Paper commissioned by FES Dialogue SEE
By Bodo Weber
Over In March 2016, two measures ended what has been labeled the European refugee crisis – the closure of the so-called Balkan route and the agreement on the EU-Turkey statement. The EU’s shift in policy put an end to the Eastern Mediterranean migration route into the EU, but it did not result in a complete closure of the Balkan route.
9 October 2017 — Democratization Policy Council
It has been a rough couple of years for liberal democracy in the West. A romantic nationalist-driven vote for Brexit (which exposed a tragicomic lack of seriousness and planning), the visceral paleo-nativism of Donald Trump, and a series of unprecedented challenges to postwar liberalism in continental Europe have driven those who believed the triumph of democracy was just a question of development and time into retreat. The German election was freighted with continental expectation that a new impetus would follow; French President Emmanuel Macron’s sweeping speech on Europe tapped into this.
30 May 2017
Valery Perry spoke at the conference, “From Discrimination to Inclusion and Equality in Education in BiH,” held on May 30, 2017 in Sarajevo. The conference, convened by Analitika, reviewed issues and challenges related to inclusion in education in the country, ranging from special needs education to the ethno-national and political divisions that continue to create an environment in which children largely study in schools that tailor to the dominant majority group in that area.
29 May 2017
Senior Associate Valery Perry spoke to a group of participants in the Humanity in Action (HIA) “Breaking Boundaries” study trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina, being held from May 26 - June 25. Fifteen HIA fellows from seven countries are taking part in the program this year. Perry’s lecture was titled, “Navigating the Post-Dayton Conundrums.”
11 April 2017
DPC’s new policy paper ‘Substantial Change on the Horizon? A Monitoring Report on the EU’s New Bosnia and Herzegovina Initiative,’ authored by Senior Associate Bodo Weber, with Senior Associate Valery Perry contributing, and supported by the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation in BiH, received wide media coverage in BiH, throughout the region and beyond.
10 April 2017
Today, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation’s office in BiH published the paper ‘The new labor legislation in BiH, EU reforms and the International Financial Institutions: overdue structural reforms or neoliberal reduction of labor rights?‘ authored by DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber. The paper offers the first detailed analysis of the new, controversial entity labor laws adopted in 2015 as part of the Reform Agenda for BiH.
27 March 2017
DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber participated, together with The Atlantic‘s Moscow correspondent Jeffrey Tayler, in the online debate ‘NATO Enlargement and the Case for Montenegro’ organized by DEBATES.EU. Weber and Tayler discussed Montenegro’s bid for NATO membership during which the debate broadened to cover the tense relationship among NATO, the West and Russia.
24 March 2017
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry delivered a presentation entitled, “Efforts to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in South-East Europe” at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 94th Rose-Roth Seminar, Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group, held in Sarajevo from March 21-23, 2017.
6 January 2017
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry speaks with the Institute for International Studies AGORA about issues related to efforts to counter violent extremism.
28 November 2016
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry was the keynote speaker at the conference, “Foreign Terrorist Fighters - Challenges for South East Europe” held at the RACVIAC Center for Security Cooperation in Zagreb from November 22-24, 2016.
Valery spoke about issues and efforts related to preventing/countering violent extremism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.