By Kurt Bassuener
The US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats is holding a hearing on “The Dayton Legacy and the Future of Bosnia and the Western Balkans” on April 18. Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener appeared as a witness. His written statement places the situation in context and calls for resolute American leadership to forge a strategic Western policy.
13 April 2018 - Toby Vogel
A new in-depth study for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, written by Senior Associate Toby Vogel, argues that the EU must rethink its current enlargement paradigm in order to unlock is transformative potential for the Western Balkans and foster genuine democratic development in the region.
09 March 2018 - Armina Mujanović
Having legal double standards - especially when it comes to discrimination and basic human rights – is usually considered to be a problem, especially in countries that purport to have a vision of future EU membership. Yet President Dodik seems to have found a way to comfortably work around the standards on both sides of the Drina river.
04 March 2018 - Kurt Bassuener
After watching “The Post,” Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener reflects on the perennial political and bureaucratic tendency to stick with a failed policy to avoid admitting failure.
01 March 2018 - Democratization Policy Council
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Enlargement Negotiation Commissioner Johannes Hahn are presently on their Balkan tour, visiting all “WB6” countries to discuss the EC’s new regional strategy, culminating in a gathering in Sofia, Bulgaria. More interesting than what has been said is what has not-neither publicly raised recent statements by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to the Croatia press about the potential for war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and his “counting on” Croatia’s support. DPC’s latest blog discusses this latest demonstration of the EU’s unwillingness to confront Balkan leaders.
9 March 2018 — Armina Mujanović
On Sunday, Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik voted in the Serbian local elections for the Belgrade city council, and since then, one simple question has been bugging me: What does a Bosnian Serb from Laktaši and a Bosnian Serb from Drvar have in common? Well, not a lot. A Bosnian Serb from Laktaši can exercise his citizens’ rights in the entity of the Republika Srpska and its municipalities, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, while the Bosnian Serb in Drvar isn’t even constituent in his own canton and can’t hope to meaningfully participate in any decision making processes.
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.
29 April 2016
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener participated in the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s 17th annual conference, entitled “Democratization, Authoritarianism, and Radicalization - Exploring the Connections”, held in Washington, D.C. on April 21st.
Written Statement for US Congressional Hearing
New Policy Paper commissioned by FES Dialogue SEE