48 / REGIONAL SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE

19 – 25 June 2016        Send to printer


Course directors

Lee Kendall Metcalf, Florida State University, United States
Radovan Vukadinović, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Course description:

In contemporary International Relations Southeast Europe (SEE) or Western Balkans (WB) are still seen as a part of unfinished issue. After the wars which were ravishing former Yugoslav space , eruption of instability was permanent feature which was stopping the development in that part of the world. Two countries ; Slovenia and Croatia are now fully integrated in NATO and European Union and are parts of wide european integration process. On the other side, majority of Western Balkans countries (Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina; Kosovo, Macedonia , Montenegro ,Serbia) have some kind of institutional ties with, both NATO and European Union, but still they are far away of full-fledged membership in that organizations. Widely, Turkey is a member of NATO but in the foreseen future probably it will not be a full-member of EU. Greece, a member of both organization, has so many internal problems. There are so many unresolved questions (security, political, economic, ethnic, energy supply, radical Islam.....) in the area of Southeast Europe/Western Balkans. In early 1990s when post-bipolar structures of the international community started to emerge Southeast Europe /Western Balkans was primarily turned to the West (NATO, USA) Today, after more than twenty years of transition, conditions for easier penetration of other players into this area were created. Russia and Turkey together with some other Arab and Asian states are increasingly important partners on which countries of the Southest Europe/ Western Balkans may count, along with the West.


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