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
MCC Neighbourhood Dialogues 2018Future events
Conference about The role of the V4 countries in the future of the EU.
Austrian Economics Meeting Europe: Call for PapersFuture events
The Austrian Economics Meeting Europe invites young scholars to next year's meeting in Budapest.
The Benedict Option and The Future of the WestPast Events
Rod Dreher, author of New York Times best seller The Benedict Option, gives a lecture at the Danube Institute on March 9.
The New Geopolitics Of The Middle East
Date: 21/02/2018 5:00 p.m.
Location: Danube Institute, 1067 Budapest, Eötvös utca 24
A presentation by Professor David Newman on the Geopolitical Dynamics and Border Changes in the Israel/Palestine Conflict.
Germany Between Elections and a New Government: ‘Encore’ or New Casting?
Date: 13/02/2018 4:00 p.m.
Location: 24 Eötvös u., 1067 Budapest
A debate on the German political landscape in 2018 at the Danube Institue, on February 13.
Danube Institute Internship Programme ⁄ ÖsztöndíjInternship
The Danube Institute invited applications for its four-month internship programme starting in February 2018.
Autonomy or secession: the case of Catalonia
Date: 29/11/2017 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1067 Budapest, Eötvös u. 24., Danube Institute
What theoretical and practical implications does the Catalan example have for Spain and Europe? A discussion at the Danube Institute.
100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution
Date: 09/11/2017 1:00 p.m.
Location: Budapest, Horánszky u. 20, 1085 - Párbeszéd Háza
On November 9, Danube Institute held an international conference on the Russian Revolution.
The EU and Israel: an uneasy relationship
Date: 13/11/2017 2:30 p.m.
Location: Eötvös u. 24, Budapest, Danube Institute
Professor Eytan Gilboa (Israel Public Diplomacy Forum) and Dr. István Gyarmati (ICDT) talked about the Middle East.
Making Hungarians, Making Europeans: Problems, SolutionsPast Events
A mini-conference on demography at the Danube Institute on October 25.
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