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.
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.
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.