Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, actively contributed to the 10th Annual Civil-Military Relations Conference held at Tufts University on November 10 and 11, 2023. Serving as a key panelist in the session titled “Economic and Geopolitical Crossroads: The Russia–Ukraine War,” he shared…
In a recent article, Professor Garčević shared profound insights on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. He discussed the multifaceted dynamics, emphasizing the shift into a new phase and the challenges of negotiating peace amid evolving geopolitical complexities.
In the aftermath of Montenegro’s recent political transition, Professor Garčevic shared insights into the formation of the new Montenegrin government. He highlighted the challenges it faces in maintaining Montenegro’s commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration, emphasizing that significant foreign policy shifts might not be on the horizon.
Professor Garčević, a geopolitical expert, provided key insights into Bosnia’s NATO journey. Emphasizing the need for effective communication and highlighting the importance of high-profile visits, his commentary offers a nuanced understanding of the nation’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
This past Wednesday, September 13th, Ambassador Mark Storella, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Director of the School’s African Studies Center, and Lt Gen Jack Weinstein, USAF (Ret), Professor of the Practice of International Security at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies hosted…
On July 16, 2023, Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Interim Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, wrote an article for La Tercera, titled “Columna de Jorge Heine: Chile en la cumbre UE-América Latina,” or “Jorge Heine’s Column: Chile on…
Last week, ahead of the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, took part in the Al Jazeera Balkan political talk show – Context. The show featured Prof. Goran Bandov, from Zagreb University, Croatia, and Prof. Petar Kurečić,…
Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, was interviewed on the podcast Cold War Five: America’s Role Abroad! on the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In the episode, “Securing the Future: NATO in Crisis?,” he and BU student Michael Dupre…
Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, spoke recently at a conference about the 30th anniversary of the independent Czech Republic at the University of Toronto. Lukes discussed Central Europe in broad terms during the conference, tracing countries’ growth and development throughout the past 30…
Professor Lukes discusses the importance of ongoing U.S. aid to Ukraine, the debate around it in the U.S., as well as the implications of further Russian encroachment.
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.
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 Heine elaborates on the likely role of the U.S. in the war in Ukraine after the announcement of Donald Trump’s candidacy for the presidency and the results of the midterm elections.
Ambassadors Volker and Garčević spoke in detail about the situation in Ukraine, the American and NATO approach to the conflict, and elaborated on potential lasting repercussions on the globe, including energy and food crisis, relations between China and the United States and Europe, the future relationship of Moscow with Europe and the West, and much more.
All speakers agreed that in the first half of the 1990s, Russia acted as a world power that harmonized its interests with the other powers and shared the responsibility for global peace and order. However, Garčević noted that as time went on, the feeling grew among the Russian hardliners that this policy didn’t bear fruits.
Russia’s relations with the West were not always a zero-sum game, but according to Ambassador Garčević, the complex arrangements that allowed the Kremlin and NATO to cooperatively manage the first waves of NATO enlargement are no longer in place.
According to Ambassador Garčević, S. 4741 will open up space for more robust American political, financial, and technical assistance; it would enable more coherent American support for national efforts to fight corruption and democratization.
“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.”
Ambassador Garčević and the Director of UMass’ Applied Ethics Center talk about what it means to diplomatically engage with Russia and whether it makes sense to think of it as a pariah state.