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.
Professor Schmidt examines the resilience of ordo-liberal and neoliberal ideas with regard to Eurozone governance, then considers the impact of such ideas on European economies.
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.
In her latest research, Professor Schmidt explores the resilience of neo-liberal ideas from the 1980s to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as their impact on capitalist structures, institutions, and policies.
Professor Schmidt explores the ways in which the EU seeks to lead the world through example on its approach to climate change as well as the internal challenges of implementing its climate strategy.
Chinese and Russian approaches to the Western Balkans may appear different at the surface, however, the lasting corrosive effects of their involvement are similar: erosion of weak institutions and legal systems, and a slowing down the progress of the countries from the region towards EU.
According to Ambassador Garčević, both the EU and the Western Balkans states have failed to deliver what they agreed on in Thessaloniki in 2003: the Western Balkan has failed to deliver comprehensive democratic reforms, the EU failed to remain politically committed to enlargement.
W. Scott Lucas, Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Birmingham and an associate of the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin, discussed on the irrationality of Brexit, the UK’s relationship with the U.S. and the EU in the aftermath of Brexit, as well as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s tactics on the economy, Scotland, Ireland, and more.
“The EU’s waning ‘soft power’ will slow down the democratization process in the region and “open space for other countries to walk in.”
Professor Schmidt’s panel at the Harvard Belfer Center event honored the memory of Henrik Enderlein, exploring his contributions to academic and policy debates related to European economic policy as well as the discussion of the EU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Goldstein explains how Britain got to where it is today, the deep history underlying the Brexit decision and the role of Boris Johnson in particular, as well as his thoughts on where the United Kingdom is headed
Professor Schmidt offers insights into how Europe can build lead a socially just transition from the pandemic and build a well-being economy that works for people and the planet.
During his FAES panel appearance, Ambassador Garčević argues for a new EU enlargement methodology, one that is incremental or gradual and introduces incentives for aspiring countries.
In his interview, Ambassador Garčević highlighted the need for more robust involvement of the EU and United States in the Balkans but cast doubt about their political commitment, given their global priorities.
“My biggest concern is that the country seems to be more divided than ever, even more than when we voted for independence.”
According to Ambassador Garčević, the crisis in Afghanistan can be a wake-up call and an opportunity for both the US and the EU to reconsider their current strategies in other parts of the world, including the Balkans.
In her podcast appearance, Professor Schmidt answers questions including how she applies the “input/output/throughput” method to your analysis of the Eurozone crisis and why the EU’s initial response to the crisis was inaccurate.
Professor Schilde’s colloquium brought together global experts and gave the students not only a firsthand account of major policy fields within the EU but also a close look at the in-house procedures and working methods applied within the Brussels complex.
Ambassador Garčević questions why the EU has been losing its soft power attraction in the Western Balkans despite two powerful tools at its hands, the EU membership perspective and intensive economic cooperation/the volume of FDIs.
As EU accession is getting more demanding and taking longer, Ambassador Garčević argues that countries in the Western Balkans are made to feel like “hamsters on a wheel,” become low hanging fruit for Beijing and Moscow that promote development and governance models in stark contrast with the EU’s.