27 March 2017 — Bodo Weber
DPC’s delivers the first comprehensive analysis of the German-British initiative launched in November 2014, and adopted as the new EU initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Focused on structural socio-economic reforms, with the outsourcing of strict financial conditionality to the IMF, the initiative has the potential to uproot the country’s patronage system. But its implementation suffers from the EU’s frequent handicaps risking yet another failure.
17 March 2017 — Kurt Bassuener
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener had a letter published in the Financial Times on the EU’s policy posture in the Balkans, following High Representative Federica Mogherini’s regional tour.
7 March 2017 — Bodo Weber
Last week, Federica Mogherini, The European Union’s foreign and security policy chief, hit the road for her first trip to the entirety of the so-called “Western Balkans Six” to assure them that their membership perspective was still alive. Yet Mogherini’s trip got off to a bumpy start in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica. In her speech to parliamentarians, she addressed a half-empty room. However, it was Mogherini’s own comments that called into question the EU’s approach to the region as well as the sincerity of the Union’s commitment to the Western Balkans’ European perspective.
5 February 2017 — Valery Perry and Brian Lanahan
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry and civic education expert Brian Lanahan consider the need for civic education in this time of global challenges to the democratic process, in general and in particular in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
6 January 2017 — Democratization Policy Council
In the future, will 2016 be seen as the year in which the democratic world lost faith in its own institutions and processes? From the vantage point of January 2017, a strong case can be made that this is precisely what this past year demonstrated in the heartland of postwar democracy. In light of the developments over the past 12 months, DPC has been reflecting on its own role in promoting accountability in democratization policy worldwide…
7 March 2017 — Bodo Weber
Last week, Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign and security policy chief, hit the road for her first trip to the entirety of the so-called “Western Balkans Six,” the region’s countries not yet part of the Union, to assure them that their membership perspective was still alive. This was a noble undertaking, given the crucial elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany scheduled to take place this year that could rock the European Union and send it spiraling into a deep internal crisis.
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.
14 August 2016
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry recently prepared a survey for the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on efforts in Southeastern Europe to prevent/counter violent extremism.
24 May 2016
Dr. Valery Perry will appear along with three other witnesses at 2pm Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, May 25 at the Capitol Visitor Center, Room 212-10.