Ambassador Vesko Garcevic, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was interviewed for a recent Theme discussion about NATO and EU relations; NATO and Russia’s influence in the Balkans; and the legacy of the NATO intervention in 1999 as well as how it still contributes to the negative public perception of the Alliance in Serbia and the region.
The Theme discussion was broadcast on August 1, 2019 by RemarkerMedia, an independent, investigative media outlet from the Balkans. You can watch the segment below:
Amb. Garcevic emphasized the need to address public misperceptions regarding NATO and stressed the importance of a thorough, sincere public debate about NATO and the EU’s role in the region. He also discussed the close relationship between the EU and NATO, their significance for the region, and European security and stability.
Other interlocutors include representatives from regional NGOs and think tanks, academia, Serbian officials and NATO representatives.
During his diplomatic career, Amb. Vesko Garcevic dealt with issues pertinent to European security and NATO for almost 14 years. In 2004, he was posted in Vienna to serve as Ambassador to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He had been a Montenegro’s Ambassador to NATO from 2010 until 2014 and served as a Montenegro’s National Coordinator for NATO from 2015 until he joined the faculty at the Pardee School.