Ambassador Vesko Garčević, in conjunction with fellow experts, conducted a comprehensive analysis of Balkan security within the context of US-Ukraine relations. Projections indicated constrained US involvement, attributing it to domestic exigencies and evolving geopolitical focal points.
Professor Garčević voiced concerns in a recent interview about the far-right victories in Europe, particularly Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. His analysis delves into the potential repercussions for the EU enlargement process, especially for Balkan countries aspiring to join.
Amb. Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, recently made a suite of appearances to comment on the current negotiation on the formation of a new Montenegrin government and the interference of third actors in Montenegrin internal affairs. On August 23, 2023, Garčević was quoted in…
On July 27, 2023, Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations, participated in the Interdisciplinary Summer School on Forced Displacement held in Belgrade, Serbia. The school was organized by the BU Center on Forced Displacement and hosted by the faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade. Long before migration increased…
On May 4, 2023, Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, spoke at the seminar Religion and Geopolitics: Epiphany or Apocalypse?, which featured scholars, practitioners, and experts from Europe, the US, and Africa. The European Institute of Public Administration organized this training…
In an interview with Al Jazeera Balkans, Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discussed Russia’s influence in the Balkans, the role of other external actors (the US and the European Union) in the region, and the political situation in Montenegro and Bosnia…
Ambassador Garčević joined scholars and practitioners from Europe and the U.S. to discuss how Russia transforms its soft power into “sharp power,” examining the role of local political players, including the Orthodox Church, Russian or pro-Russian media outlets, economic footprint (energy projects), and defense cooperation with Serbia.
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According to Garčević, the EU’s response to insecurity in the Western Balkans speaks more about Brussels’ concern that instability in Ukraine may spill over to the Balkans than the Union’s genuine intention to reinvigorate EU integration of the region.
Are the Balkans vulnerable to Russian influence amidst its continued military campaign in Ukraine? How can Western powers keep the door open to negotiations with Russia while also providing Ukraine with aid? Ambassador Garčević explains.
Whether in Ukraine or Bosnia and Herzegovina, NATO is struggling to balance how to stay out of potential or ongoing conflicts even though the outcomes are deemed critical for NATO’s goals in Europe. Ambassador Garčević offers his thoughts on the situations in Ukraine and the Balkans.
Ambassador Garčević argued that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a moment for the EU to radically re-evaluate its stagnant enlargement process; he proposed that Brussels develop a multi-step EU integration process, creating intermediate goals before the full inclusion into the Union,
While individual appointments don’t change the U.S. policy towards the region, Ambassador Garčević argues it is excellent news to have a professional diplomat who knows the Balkans very well, especially since this is the first time since 2008 that Washington will appoint an experienced regional expert as its top diplomat in Montenegro.
By missing an opportunity to grant the candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina, open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, or grant a visa-free regime for Kosovo, Brussels puts at risk the legitimacy of enlargement in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ambassador Garčević said that reliance on Chinese infrastructure projects and business practices risks undermining the goals of Balkan countries, which include EU and NATO membership.
Ambassador Garčević discusses the Russian invasion in Ukraine and notes how it marks a turning point for the European security architecture for several reasons.
While there are no signs of Russian direct influence in Croatia, Ambassador Garčević argues there are some reasons why a Croatian politician might take positions pleasing to Putin and his officials.
Across multiple interviews, Ambassador Garčević discusses issues facing Serbia including the role of the U.S. and EU in the region, Russia and the Balkans, as well as the country’s military expansion and how that is perceived by others in the region.
The EU’s appetite for enlargement has waned, which allows for illiberal tendencies to flourish in the Western Balkans as there is nothing to stop a strong driving force behind them – unconstrained nationalism and populism.
Ambassador Garčević said that the West often misunderstands Turkey’s interests in the Balkans and underestimates its strength. As it turns out, in the Balkans, Turkey and NATo are not in disagreement