Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement

A conversation with:
Dimitar Bechev
European Policy Institute

Florian Bieber
Director, Center for Southeast European Studies
University of Graz

Dr. Majda Ruge
Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute
Johns Hopkins University

Milan Nič
Senior Fellow
German Council on Foreign Relations

Introduced and Moderated by:

Hedvig Morvai
Executive Director
European Fund for the Balkans

Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President
Atlantic Council

In recent months, high profile political crises, attacks on civil society and media, and renewed ethnic tensions in the Balkans have raised concerns among the international community about increasing instability and risk of conflict. However, with Europe and the United States focused on their own internal domestic challenges, it is uncertain to what extent they will be willing or able to continue to act as a stabilizing force in the region. 

This public event, hosted by the Atlantic Council in partnership with The European Fund for the Balkans and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, explores the main sources of instability in the Balkans and how a renewed US strategy for engagement might reduce the risk of conflict in the region. Panelists will also discuss Europe’s role and the importance of a strong US-EU vision for the region, especially as several Balkan nations want to move closer to EU and NATO membership.