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Reuf Bajrovic on Stability in the Balkans?

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About this Event

09 Sep 2009 @ 12:45

How to Achieve Peace and Stability in the Balkans - A Bosnian Perspective

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About the Speech:

After briefly reviewing the key challenges in the Western Balkans, Mr. Bajrovic made recommendations for the EU's future policy towards the region. The presentation argued that the EU needs to impose more specific and strict conditionality on countries like Bosnia and Serbia to secure lasting peace and stability. More importantly, the EU should refrain from making compromises that could cause instability, such as premature closure of the OHR in Bosnia and loosening requirements on Serbia's cooperation with the ICTY. At the same time incentives for reform should be encouraged, such as offering a visa-free regime for all countries in the region.

About the Speaker:

Reuf Bajrovic is a political analyst from Sarajevo. He advises a number of political and nongovernmental actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has worked with various foreign development agencies. He is a founder and director of a strategic consultancy firm and a co-founder of the leading Bosnian think tank ACIPS. Mr. Bajrovic graduated from University of Louisville in USA with a degree in political science and holds two master degrees from University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo, the first in democracy and human rights in Southeast Europe and the second in governance and policy of European integration.

This event is part of the Balkans Group's ongoing research on EU policy towards creating and sustaining peace and prosperity in the Western Balkans.

Theme: The Wider Europe  Foreign Policy and ESDP 

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