On August 6, 2023, Amb. Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, was interviewed by Radio Free Europe on American foreign policy in the Western Balkans and new regional centers of power. Garčević discussed the tripartite plan, allegedly proposed by Washington and supported by the European…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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!”
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 calls on the EU, the U.S., and the UK to act preemptively. He also warns that Serbia is “playing with fire,” escalating the current crisis, but if they are allowed to go further, the situation can spiral out of control.
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 independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of BiH, Kosovo, and Montenegro are under direct threat from a revanchist regime in Serbia, one that likewise endangers the U.S. commitments to peace and stability in southeast Europe.”
“The U.S. can make a positive change with its involvement…The secretary of State should visit our region to demonstrate that we’re on the U.S. map.”
Amb. Vesko Garcevic discusses how an exchange of territory between Kosovo and Serbia could cause instability across the Balkans.
Amb. Vesko Garcevic discusses the expulsion of around 200 Russian diplomats from 28 states, including 19 EU states.
Amb. Vesko Garcevic published an Op-Ed examining the debate in Serbia over what “neutrality” means in the Balkan context.
Amb. Vesko Garčević discusses a proposed exchange of territories in the Balkans.
Amb. Vesko Garčević discusses joining the Pardee School faculty and his work as Ambassador of Montenegro to NATO.
Pardee School graduate Ana Pantelic uses tablet apps to disrupt poverty in rural Colombia.