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Registration is unfortunately no longer possible due to overwhelming interest in the seminar.

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on:
 

Twenty Years after the Wars of Yugoslav Succession:
The Path towards Europe

Friday, 27 January 2012, 11.00-16.45
Danish Institute for International Studies
Main Auditorium
Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K

 
 
Background
 
Two decades after the bloody wars in former Yugoslavia, the region has become deeply involved in the challenges of democratic consolidation, moving both on a path towards Europe while continuing to confront the ghosts of the recent nationalist past. This public seminar will explore these developments by shedding light on the legacies of communist rule, the impact of incentives and impediments on reform, and the magnetic pull of European Union accession.
 
Speakers will explore whether the Western Balkans are embracing democracy by creating functional, resilient institutions — governmental, administrative, journalistic, and economic — and fostering popular trust in the legitimacy of those institutions. The speakers will discuss the challenges on the road to the EU in Bosnia and Kosovo, as well as the main facets of Serbian integration to the EU, where the political environment makes the Serbian road to the EU increasingly rocky. In recent years, Croatia ― where there has been a consensus among political elites about EU accession ― has witnessed a rise in Euro skepticism as Croatian society weighs the benefits and costs of entering an economically shaken EU.
 
In addition to these political questions, the seminar will also focus on cultural developments in the region, including what some domestic observers have called a “culture of violence” in Serbia, with attacks on policemen, journalists, and the LGBT population particularly. The speakers will also discuss why nationalist movements in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina feel so threatened by sexual and gender diversity.
 
 
Speakers
 
Lenard J. Cohen is a co-founder of the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University, and since 2009 Professor Emeritus. His interests include comparative political development with a special emphasis on the East European, Balkan and Eurasian regions. His research and teaching have focused on issues relating to political democratization, state building and nation building, and the challenges facing post-conflict environments and failing states. His earlier research concentrated on political transition and the dissolution of state structures in Southeastern Europe. More recently, he has worked on matters relating to security, economic integration, terrorism, and foreign policy: NATO and European Security: Alliance Politics from the End of the Cold War to the Age of Terrorism (Praeger Publishers, 2003). His most recent book is Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).
 
Marko Prelec is Director of Crisis Group’s Balkans Project, covering Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia. A graduate of Harvard University with a PhD in modern Yugoslav history from Yale University (1997), he taught history at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1998 and 1999. From 1999 to 2005, he worked as a Research Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In 2005, he established the Research and Analysis Section of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina and served as its leader, supervising research into crimes committed against each of the communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
Vjeran Pavlakovic is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. He received his PhD in History in 2005 from the University of Washington, and has published articles on the politics of memory, World War Two commemorations, the political impact war of the ICTY, and Yugoslavs in the Spanish Civil War. Recent publications include Twilight of the Revolutionaries: Naši Španci and the End of Yugoslavia (Europe-Asia Studies, 2010), Conflict, Commemorations, and Changing Meanings: The Meštrović Pavilion as a Contested Site of Memory (Tihomir Cipek, ed., Kultura sjećanja 1991, 2011), and “Symbols and the Culture of Memory in Republika Srpska Krajina” forthcoming in Nationalities Papers.
 
Vladimir Petrovic is a historian, who since 2003 has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History in Belgrade. He has lectured at the Legal Department of Central European University, and has worked with the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office and Humanitarian Law Center. He has published two monographs and edited four volumes, as well as published 40 articles, book chapters and essays in Serbian and English. His current research interests are in the field of transitional justice, particularly in examining the role of historical narratives in war crimes trials. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam.
 
Catherine Baker is a Teaching Fellow in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict at University College London (SSEES) and a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton. She is the author of Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia since 1991 (Ashgate, 2010) and a number of articles on popular culture and identity in former Yugoslavia. She is among the co-authors of a forthcoming volume on languages and military conflicts, Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict, and has written several articles on intercultural aspects of international intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 
Jovo Bakic is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Belgrade. He works on the national conflicts in ex-Yugoslavia, especially on Serbian and Croatian nationalisms, right extremism, and the idea and ideologies of Yugoslavism. He also focuses on the foreign media coverage of the dissolution of the Socialist Yugoslavia and of the Wars of Succession, with a critical eye to the stereotypes of the Balkans, and particularly of the Serbs. He has published two books in Serbian: Ideologies of Yugoslavism between Serbian and Croatian Nationalism 1918-1941 (2004) and Yugoslavia: Destruction and Its Interpreters (2011).
 
Christian Axboe Nielsen is Associate Professor at the Institute of History and Area Studies, Aarhus University. He received his PhD in Eastern European History at Columbia University in 2002, and has published on Balkan history and issues related to international criminal justice.  From 2002 until 2008, he worked as an analyst for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and for the International Criminal Court. He has appeared as an expert witness in the trials of Momčilo Krajišnik, Mićo Stanišić, Stojan Župljanin and Radovan Karadžić. He is the main author of A Handbook on Assisting International Criminal Investigations (Folke Bernadotte Academy, 2011).
 
 
Programme
 
11.00-11.10        Introduction
                         Cecilie Stokholm Banke, Senior Researcher, DIIS
 
11.10-12.15        Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans:
                         Pluralist Challenges for New Democracies in a
                         Time of Economic Crisis
                         Lenard J. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University
 
                         Chair: Karsten Jakob Møller, Senior Analyst, DIIS
 
12.15-13.00        Sandwich Lunch for speakers and participant
 
13.00-14.45        Panel 1: Challenges on the Road to the EU
 
                         Thinking Inside the Box: Making EU Conditionality
                         Effective in Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia 
                         Marko Prelec, Director of Crisis Group’s Balkans Project
 
                         Like Geese in a Fog? Croatian Perspectives on the
                         Path to EU Membership
                         Vjeran Pavlakovic, Assistant Professor, University of Rijeka
 
                         Stumbling Ahead: Serbia and the EU
                         Vladimir Petrovic, Post-doctoral Researcher, NIOD Institute
                         of War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam
 
                         Chair: Cecilie Stokholm Banke, Senior Researcher, DIIS
 
14.45-15.00       Coffee Break
 
15.00-16.45       Panel 2: Developing Cultures of Tolerance in the Balkans 
 
                         LGBT Rights and Nationalism in the Western Balkans
                         Catherine Baker, Teaching Fellow, University College London 
 
                         The Problem of Justice in Serbia
                         Jovo Bakic, Senior Researcher, Department of Sociology, University 
                         of Belgrade
 
                         Stronger than the State? Football Hooliganism, Right-Wing
                         Extremism and the Gay Pride Parades in Serbia
                         Christian Axboe Nielsen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University
 
                         Chair: Robin May Schott, Senior Researcher, DIIS
 

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