Schmidt Presents on European Democracy in Seminar

On February 24, 2024, Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor Emerita of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, delivered a presentation entitled, “How European Democracy Works in Practice and Who Decides What – Both Formally and Informally,” as a part of her participation in the recent Power to the People webinar series….

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Garčević Explores the Rise of Far-Right Forces in Europe

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.

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Garčević Comments on Formation of New Montenegrin Government

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…

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Garčević Participates in Interdisciplinary Summer School on Forced Displacement

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…

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Schmidt Argues for European Union Policy Reform in Policy Brief

On July 24, 2023, Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, published a policy brief article entitled “Making EU Economic Governance Fit for Purpose: Investing in the Future and Reforming the Fiscal Rules While Decentralizing and Democratizing” in an EconPol journal for CESifo Network. The policy brief…

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Garčević Panels Seminar on Religion and Geopolitics

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…

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Schmidt Delivers Lecture on Overcoming Populism at EC Conference

At a conference co-hosted by the ZOE Institute for Future-Fit Economies and European Commission Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discussed the challenges of populism to social policy while…

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Garčević Discusses Russian Global Influence at West Point Security Seminar

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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Maggie Toombs (BA/MAIA ’23) Shares Story of Her Graduate Research in Serbia

Maggie recently traveled to Belgrade, Serbia with the help of the Pardee School’s Gilman Travel Grant. As she describes it, “The way this has enhanced my research and helped me develop skills in interviewing, interpersonal relations, as well as networking has provided an invaluable educational experience and inspired me to begin planning my next trip as soon as possible!”

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Garčević Discusses EU Enlargement and Regional Challenges for Western 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,

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