Garčević Discusses Use of Energy as an Instrument of Global Influence

Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, participated in the 2nd Winter George E. Danis Eastern Mediterranean Security and Diplomacy Seminar

Taking place from January 10-15, 2022, the event was a collaboration between Emmanuel College’s Institute of Eastern Mediterranean Studies (IEMS), the American College of Greece, and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania. The seminar addressed the multi-faceted and intersectional issues of significance for regional, transregional, and global terms, focusing on energy security, climate, and the new geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean. From that perspective, the participants discussed the role of various regional and global actors including Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Russia, China, the European Union, and the United States.

Garčević took part in two panels: “Energy, Environment and Political Instability in the Western Balkans” on January 11, 2021, and the closing seminar panel discussion titled “The Energy & Climate Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean” on January 15, 2021. In his remarks, Garčević discussed energy vulnerability as a segment of the overall economic and political instability of the Western Balkans and where the EU stands in the Eastern Mediterranean geopolitical equation.

During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Vesko Garčević 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 Montenegro’s National Coordinator for NATO from 2015 until he joined the faculty at the Pardee School. Learn more about Ambassador Garčević on his faculty profile.