Garcevic Contributes to CEAS Study on NATO in the Balkans

Amb. Vesko Garcevic, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Frederick S.Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, contributed to the upcoming Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) study, BASIC INSTINCT- The Case for More NATO in The Western Balkans.

The Study addresses four underlying issues common to all countries of the Western Balkans: incomplete transitional justice processes; incomplete security sector reforms; constitutionally or otherwise embedded solutions that propel an illiberal politicization of ethnicities; and internationally led or sponsored processes that may serve short-term goals, but are implemented in a way that undermines the separation of powers, strengthening of independent institutions and decision-making processes in already poorly governed countries of the Region.

Regional experts, including Garcevic, put together case studies of their respective countries, that focused on security sector reforms’ issues, current state of affairs of Euro-Atlantic integration processes of their countries and key challenges to them. During his diplomatic career, Amb. Vesko Garcevic dealt with issues pertinent to European security and NATO for almost 14 years. In 2004, he was posted in Vienna to serve as Ambassador to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He had been a Montenegro’s Ambassador to NATO from 2010 until 2014 and served as a Montenegro’s National Coordinator for NATO from 2015 until he joined the faculty at the Pardee School.

In general, the Study argues that those issues could in the end, if not properly addressed, bring the process of the democratization of the Region and its deeper integration into Euro-Atlantic structures to a halt. Furthermore, all these issues create a fertile ground for non-democratic and hostile hybrid and conventional obstructive actions conducted by state or non-state actors.