Upcoming Events

Mar
6
Wed
2024
Post war governance dilemmas and democracy tradeoffs @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Post war governance dilemmas and democracy tradeoffs @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Join Elton Skendaj as he examines the role of international actors in constructing efficient state bureaucracies
This talk will focus on governance dilemmas and stability-democracy trade offs in post war contexts, by looking at processes of transformation in the Western Balkan countries. Using evidence from Kosovo, Serbia, and North Macedonia, Elton Skendaj looks at the role of international actors in building effective state bureaucracies, dilemmas in governing minority-majority relations, and the impact of group security and group status concerns on post war protests in Kosovo.
Mar
26
Tue
2024
Russia in the Balkans – proxies for ‘winning hearts and minds’ @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Russia in the Balkans – proxies for ‘winning hearts and minds’ @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Join Věra Stojarová as she explores the influence of Russia in the Western Balkans, examining the role of proxy actors and the narratives shaping the region’s political and social landscape.
Russia has long been present in the Western Balkans, raising numerous questions about the country’s strategic goals in the region, and the mechanisms it deploys to achieve them. The lecture focuses on the proxy actors of the Russian Federation, and the channels and narratives they use to transmit Russian messages to the Balkan states. It seeks to unpack their effects at the levels of both state and society, by looking at foreign policy changes and responses by the local population and elites.