Garčević Discusses International Influences in the Balkans
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…
Garčević Ponders Future of Montenegro Post-Election
In an interview with Radio Free Europe (RFE), Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discussed the implications of Montenegro’s presidential elections and the expected changes from the new government and president, Jakov Milatović. Garčević discussed in detail Milatović’s political ideology and…
Garčević Interviewed on Role of Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro
In an interview with Voice of America Balkans Service (VOA), Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discussed the influence of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) in Montenegro’s political sphere and on the current government. In the article, titled “Vesko Garčević: Dvostruki, sve…
Garčević Comments on Montenegrin Presidential Elections
In preparation for the upcoming runoff, Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, offered his thoughts in Radio Free Europe (RFE) on the latest developments in Montenegro’s national elections. The article, titled “On Europe and the West, Montenegro’s Presidential Challenger Talks a Good…
Garčević Publishes Paper on Role of Serbian Orthodox Church in Western Balkans
While the political importance of the churches has noticeably decreased over time, in Orthodox countries such as those in the Western Balkans, the church remains a significant actor and is inextricably linked to both politics and state power. Garčević and Morrison explore why the SPC remains a potent force in public and political life today.
Garčević Calls for Immediate Montenegrin Elections and Formation of a New Government
Ambassador Garčević discusses how Montenegro has been going through political instability, the country’s ongoing institutional crisis, and a possible way forward after the Presidential elections in March 2023.
Hare Coedits Handbook of Diplomatic Reform and Innovation; Pardee Colleagues Contribute Chapters
Diplomacy is now a neglected global issue; this text seeks to not only identify current problems diplomacy is facing but also identify some practical options for reform and innovation.
Garčević Interviewed on Institutional Crisis in Montenegro
Ambassador Garčević argues that the current political crisis in Montenegro cannot be resolved without more robust EU involvement; however, there does not appear to be an appetite for such intervention on Brussels or Washington’s side.
Pardee School Graduate Students Visit UN and Diplomatic Missions in NYC
Students received a guided tour of the UN headquarters and visited four missions and a number of dignitaries where they learned about how much these states use the potential that multilateralism offers and what they do to overcome challenges stemming from their limited resources and inbuilt perception of their secondary role in global affairs.
Garčević Comments on Deteriorating Political and Security Situation in Western Balkans
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.
Garčević Delivers Lecture on Montenegro at Foreign Service Institute
Ambassador Garčević covered Montenegrin and regional contemporary policies, the current state of play in Montenegro, internal political dynamics, challenges in the country, as well as external (the third party) influence.
Garčević Comments on Appointment of New U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro
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.
Garčević Argues for Early Elections to End Montenegro’s Political Stalemate
“The Montenegrin political riddle rests on the fact that the majority of the citizens want their country integrated into the European Union and Euro-Atlantic structures, but the votes of that majority are scattered over several political entities that do not want to cooperate with each other.”
Garčević and Najam Participate in 15th Summer School for Young Diplomats
Professors Garčević and Najam joined 47 young diplomats from 32 countries as well as 35 lecturers from Europe and the United States to discuss complex issues of contemporary international affairs such as the war in Ukraine, NATO expansion, and global climate change.
Garčević Interviewed on 5th Anniversary of Montenegro’s NATO Membership
“With the decision of Sweden and Finland to seek NATO membership, with the decision of other neutral states of the EU and Switzerland to impose full sanctions on Russia, they have de facto ceased to be neutral in this conflict.”
Garčević Addresses Shortcomings of Montenegro’s Diplomacy In New Policy Paper
Ambassador Garčević argues for the adoption of a new national foreign policy strategy that envisages the creation of a flexible, professional, cost-effective, and depoliticized foreign service.
Garčević Comments on Montenegro’s Response to Ukraine Crisis
“Any government hesitation creates the impression that Montenegro does not have an attitude when it comes to events in Ukraine and is avoiding responsibility.”
Garčević Comments on Montenegro’s Silence on Ukraine Crisis
By trying to play “a neutral role” in the crisis in Ukraine, Ambassador Garčević believes that Montenegro is sending the wrong signal to its partners in the European Union and NATO.
Garčević Offers Insights on Montenegro’s Political Instability
“People expected that by removing DSP and its structures, the [EU membership] process would be sped up… However, that never happened. This government simply continued down the same path.”
Garčević Discusses Standing of Small States in Global Affairs
“If the countries [in Southeast Europe] want to keep up with new trends, they have to create modern, professional, cost-effective, non-orthodox diplomacies.”