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
It has been a rough couple of years for liberal democracy in the West. A series of unprecedented challenges to postwar liberalism in continental Europe have driven those who believed the triumph of democracy was just a question of development and time into retreat. The German election was freighted with continental expectation that a new impetus would follow; French President Emmanuel Macron’s sweeping speech on Europe tapped into this. But the unconstitutional independence referendum in Catalonia, and the heavy-handed response of the Spanish government, have tempered that nascent hope.
September 11 2017 - Kurt Bassuener
DPC co-founder and senior associate, presented to fellow Fulbright awardees and a wider audience at the June 2017 “Brave New World” EndCap conference in Edinburgh. His talk, titled “Selling Fog”, traces the links between techniques of populist demagoguery in the Balkans and those on display in the established democracies today, including his homeland, the United States.
New Policy Paper commissioned by FES Dialogue SEE
By Bodo Weber
Over In March 2016, two measures ended what has been labeled the European refugee crisis – the closure of the so-called Balkan route and the agreement on the EU-Turkey statement. The EU’s shift in policy put an end to the Eastern Mediterranean migration route into the EU, but it did not result in a complete closure of the Balkan route.
9 October 2017 — Democratization Policy Council
It has been a rough couple of years for liberal democracy in the West. A romantic nationalist-driven vote for Brexit (which exposed a tragicomic lack of seriousness and planning), the visceral paleo-nativism of Donald Trump, and a series of unprecedented challenges to postwar liberalism in continental Europe have driven those who believed the triumph of democracy was just a question of development and time into retreat. The German election was freighted with continental expectation that a new impetus would follow; French President Emmanuel Macron’s sweeping speech on Europe tapped into this.
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.
21 April 2016
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry, together with Soeren Keil of Canterbury Christ Church University, co-chaired two panels at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on the topic of “The Business of State Capture in the Western Balkans”, April 14-16, 2016.
13 February 2016
Valery Perry responds to an article on an increase in Arab investment in and around Sarajevo, noting the lack of transparency and accountability in recent foreign investments.
20 October 2015
DPC Policy Note New Series #11 By Patrick Dick
19 October 2015
In his interview in Tanjug, DPC Senior Associate and co-founder Toby Vogel states that early elections could strengthen Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić’s mandate for the painful reforms required to accelerate the path to EU membership. He cautions these include not only considerable economic restructuring, but also development of normalized relations with Kosovo.
1 October 2015
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry participated in the PfP Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes’ conference on Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans, hosted by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy on September 28-29.