The changing geo-politics of the Balkans - Videos
Instability on our doorstep? The videos of the conference on the Balkans, organized by the Danube Institute in Budapest.
Winston Churchill remarked that the Balkans displayed a distinct tendency to produce more history than could be consumed locally. But following the collapse of communism and the end to the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, it seemed possible to hope that the Balkans would enjoy a period of stability, and that the countries of the region could make progress in establishing themselves as secure and independent democratic states. All of them expressed the ambition to join NATO and the EU; Croatia, along with Albania joined the former in 2009, Croatia the European Union in 2013; and Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia have been confirmed as candidate EU members. Montenegro is expected to join NATO in the coming months.
The Balkans form a highly sensitive, coherent geo-strategic unity. The need to secure access to the region and to influence events there explains the centuries-old temptation of non-Balkan powers to interfere in its affairs.
It is now evident that the new tensions are emerging partly as the result of pressures being applied by external powers. It would appear that the aim of Russian policy is to frustrate the desire of those living in the region to join the West: it challenges the post-Cold War settlement as it attempts to destabilize the region by means of propaganda, dezinformatsia, and support for anti-democratic forces. From Bosnia to Kosovo, large amounts of money have poured in from Saudi Arabia, with Wahhabi Islam targeting young populations mired in poverty, unemployment and corruption.
These developments and their implications for the future of the region were discussed at a Danube Institute conference on 7th June 2016.
The links to the videos:
Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo - Gordana Knezevic, former Director, Balkan Service, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Making Hungarians, Making Europeans: Problems, Solutions
Date: 25/10/2017 9:00 a.m.
Location: Eötvös utca 24, Budapest, 1067
A mini-conference on demography at the Danube Institute on October 25.
Mit tehet az ember, ha fiatal és magyar? A FOCUS csoport konferenciája Gárdonyban.
Conference on today's warfare and insecurity
Date: 18/10/2017 6:00 p.m.
Location: Széchenyi István tér 9, Budapest
Understanding hybrid threats and managing insecurity in 21st century. Conference on 18 October at the MTA in Budapest.
100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution
Date: 09/11/2017 1:00 p.m.
On November 9, Danube Institute will hold an international conference on the Russian Revolution.
Austrian Economics Meeting Europe: Call for PapersFuture events
The Austrian Economics Meeting Europe invites young scholars to next year's meeting in Budapest.
FOCUS csoport: konzervatív fiatalok a magyarságértFuture events
A Danube Institute együttműködik a FOCUS csoporttal az első konferenciájukon.
Conversations: An Evening With Robert AgostinelliPast Events
The well-known financier and philantropist Robert Agostinelli will be the guest of the Danube Institute in Budapest on 21 September.
Who and What Funds Terrorism?Past Events
A lecture by Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, PhD, Director of the American Center for Democracy and expert on terrorism and its financing.
Dinner with the Atlantic CouncilPast Events
The Danube Institute and Zsolt Németh co-hosted a dinner for the delegation of the Atlantic Council of the United States.
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