Serbia as Regional Driver: Change or Stagnation?

The speach of CEAS director Jelena Milić at the conference “Balkan Perspective: Adapting the partnership and integration paths”, organized by the NATO Defense College Foundation in Rome 16.05.2019.

It is a real privilege and pleasure to be a regular participant to these events. I have great regards for them, and they are remarkable occasions for me, although I do attend several high-level international conferences every year and read numerous papers on the Western Balkans and Serbia. And I deeply appreciated the previous intervention of Hon. Marta Grande, who showed an optimistic approach and acknowledgement of the positive developments in Serbia.

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Vucic meets former US Army Europe commander

President Aleksandar Vucic told retired US Lt. General Frederick Ben Hodges in Belgrade on Tuesday that Serbia will maintain its military neutrality but is prepared to respond to common security challenges, a press release from the president’s cabinet said.

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Jelena Milic: «The only way to stabilize and to finish the unresolved businesses in the western Balkans is if Americans march here again»

Today in the Balkans continue occurring complex processes, which change the balance of power in it and the geopolitical orientation of the region as a whole. However, there are still issues, such as, for example, the Serbia-Kosovo dispute, which, due to its complexity, because of the interweaving of historical, ethnic and international aspects and the involving of diametrically opposite interests in it, maintain a degree of tension in the region and impede the safe existence of its countries and largely reduces their opportunities for development and cooperation. About the possible further development of the above-mentioned issues, and the impact of their participants, as well as third parties on them – in the interview with the Director of The Belgrade-based Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies.

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