03 November - Kurt Bassuener, Andreja Stojkovski, and Ljupcho Petkovski
Having crushed his political opponents at the local level, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev now must demonstrate his vision of “one society” – and develop a strategy to achieve it. DPC co-founder and senior associate, Kurt Bassuener, writes with his Eurothink hosts Andreja Stojkovski and Ljupcho Petkovski on the dynamics as they present themselves in the aftermath of the second round of municipal elections on October 29th.
28 October - Kurt Bassuener
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee told Serbians what they didn’t want to hear: that their straddle of the West and Russia is not tenable. DPC co-founder Kurt Bassuener argues that the EU and its member states ought to be sending the same message. Both Belgrade and the EU need to choose.
27 October - Democratization Policy Council
The latest partitionist proposals for BiH from hitherto unknown commentators demonstrate that it is open season due to Western lassitude. Rather than stabilizing (as they are advertised), they would accelerate a regional downward spiral, while deepening the already dire lack of accountability of BiH’s ethnocratic rulers - of all three “constituent peoples.”
20 October - Kurt Bassuener, Ljupcho Petkovski, Andreja Stojkovski
DPC and Eurothink assess the implications of the scale of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s SDSM’s victory in the October 15 first round of local elections. The SDSM-led coaliton government (whose ethnic Albanian coalition partners are engaged in contentious runoffs on October 29) must now concentrate on bridging the intra-ethnic Macedonian, inter-ethnic, and socioeconomic divides which have yawned under a decade of Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO-DPMNE rule.
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
3 November 2017 — Kurt Bassuener, Andreja Stojkovski, and Ljupcho Petkovski
Having crushed his political opponents at the local level, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev now must demonstrate his vision of “one society” – and develop a strategy to achieve it. The second round of municipal elections in Macedonia, held on October 29th, compounded the sweeping victory two weeks ago of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, over the party of his predecessor, Nikola Gruevski, the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE).
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.