24 September 2019 - Kurt Bassuener and Toby Vogel
In the latest DPC blog post, Kurt Bassuener and Toby Vogel call on the European Parliament to reject László Trócsányi’s nomination as the next European Commissioner for enlargement. Trócsányi’s hearing, which takes place in Brussels on Tuesday (October 1), should be used to refocus the EU’s attention on the rule of law as a cornerstone of its relations with the countries of Southeastern Europe.
18 September 2019 - Marissa Piccolo
The ongoing Hong Kong Protests are notable for their duration, breadth of civilian participation, and significance for the future China-Hong Kong relationship as well as democratization efforts worldwide. Here are 5 important undercurrents to what is currently taking place.
06 August 2019 - Valery Perry
In this blog DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry notes that while in the wake of Christchurch and El Paso it is high time that far-right/nationalist extremism be accorded serious policy attention, the key emerging dynamic of concern is reciprocal radicalization between far-right/nationalist extremism and ISIS-inspired violent extremism.
24 June 2019 - Valery Perry and Kurt Bassuener
In this blog post, Valery Perry and Kurt Bassuener reflect on an interesting example of zero-sum Balkan politics finding its way into policymaking and politics in the U.S. The intersection of census data collection and identity politics has negative short- and long-term impacts on the health of democracy, everywhere.
29 May 2019 - DPC Senior Associates
DPC calls on European leaders and MEPs in the incoming European Parliament to take an unprecendented step: to align along an open society, civic and social liberal platform in electing the new Commission President and assembling the new Commission to tackle the interrelated challenges of national populism, the worsening climate emergency, and growing inequality. This demands not only political bravery and vision, but direct confrontation with illiberals in each party group’s ranks.
24 September 2019 — Kurt Bassuener and Toby Vogel
The nomination of László Trócsányi, a former Hungarian justice minister, as the European Union’s next enlargement commissioner proved to be incendiary news in the Western Balkans. Regional media and civic figures believe that the nomination of the man who was in charge of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s dismantling of Hungary’s justice system demonstrates how low enlargement and the region rate in the EU’s worldview. In addition, it was interpreted as proof that democratic development and adherence to fundamental rights are not a priority in the EU’s relationship with Western Balkan governments and societies.
6 May 2019
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry participated in a discussion on her recent book Extremism and Violent Extremism in Serbia: 21st Century Manifestations of an Historical Challenge, at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC on May 6.
3 May 2019
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener looks at the influence of illiberal external powers – such as Russia, Turkey, China, and the Gulf states – in the Western Balkans, as well as the Western policies that enabled their gaining traction, in this National Endowment for Democracy-International Forum for Democratic Studies Working Paper, published on May 3, 2019.
13 February 2018
Republika Srpska will soon take delivery of some 2,500 automatic rifles to equip its police forces, ostensibly for counterterrorist purposes, just prior to opening a new training center in Zalužani, outside Banja Luka.
17 January 2018
In his VOA interview, Kurt Bassuener connects the negative cast of the 2018 Freedom in the World report with the tone set in the White House, terming US President Donald Trump “our first Balkan president,” noting the leadership style and methods employed are reminiscent of those used in the Balkans (and beyond).
14 December 2017
In a VOA interview recorded on 2 December, Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener advocated – as he and DPC have consistently – that the US and the EU approach BiH citizens as a constituency, and that they create a more secure and conducive environment to enable BiH citizens to nonviolently confront their recalcitrant and corrupt political elites.
30 November 2017
Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener was interviewed by VOA Bosnian Service journalist Inda Swanke for the daily “Studio Washington” program on the overall tenor of the Atlantic Council conference and attendant discussions, in which he actively participated.
29 November 2017
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener was a vocal participant in the Atlantic Council’s November 29 conference “A Coming Storm? Shaping a Balkan Future in an Era of Uncertainty,” as well as the closed-door workshop the previous day.
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.