The BiEPAG Blog is a forum for current debate on EU integration and reform processes in Southeastern Europe. The blog’s contributors include policy makers, analysts and scholars, who debate the most pressing issues in the region.
Adnan Ćerimagić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) works as an analyst for the think tank European Stability Initiative. He studied law at the University of Graz and EU international relations and diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges. Adnan has completed a traineeship in the Secretariat of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels and Strasbourg, and has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo and the Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the EU in Brussels. At ESI, he is researching EU enlargement policy, the Western Balkans’ EU integration process and Turkey. He is based mainly in Sarajevo. Adnan also supports the work of Sarajevo based think tank Foreign Policy Initiative BH.
Adrian Zeqiri is the Executive Director of the European Centre for Minority Rights Kosovo. He has substantial experience and expertise in minority rights, has been involved in key developments in Kosovo, including status negotiation process, drafting of legislation and building the institutional set up related to protection of minority communities in Kosovo.
Afrim Krasniqi is executive director of Albanian Institute for Political Studies (ISP) and a Professor at University of Tirana, at the Faculty of Political Science. He studied at University of Tirana (Albania), University of Viadrina (Franfurt Oder, Germany) and received her PhD in history & international relations at University of Tirana. He was MP and worked for seven years as Political Adviser to two the Presidents of the Republic of Albania. He is an author of different book on Albanian politic, political parties, election and civil society in Albania and South East European countries.
Aleksandar Pavlović is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies in Graz and a coordinator on the project "Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations" at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade. His main areas of interest are Balkan oral tradition, Serbian-Albanian relations, gender and traditional Balkan society, literature and culture. He published a book Epika i politika (Epics and Politics, Beograd: XX vek, 2014) and co-edited a volume Figura neprijatelja: preosmišljavanje srpsko-albanskih odnosa (Beograd: IFDT/Beton, 2015).
Anastas Vangeli is a doctoral researcher at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw.
Dr. Antoaneta Dimitrova is Associate professor at the Institute of Public Administration and coordinator of the Master’s Programme in Public Administration. Antoaneta Dimitrova has published articles on EU conditionality, democratization, external governance, civil service reform, transposition of EU directives, EU coordination systems and others in key journals such as Democratization, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy and European Integration Online Papers among others.
Arolda Elbasani is currently a Jean Monnet Fellow at Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), Florence. She received her PhD from European University Institute in 2007. Afterwards, she was involved in research and teaching at different institutions namely Columbia University, New York; Social Science Research Centre, Berlin; European University of Tirana; and Free University, Berlin. Her research interests and publications lay at the intersection of European Integration, comparative democratization and political Islam especially focusing on Southeast Europe and Turkey.
Ben Denison is a PhD student at the University of Notre Dame in Political Science, focusing on International Relations. His research interests consist of the causes and consequences of foreign regime change and military occupations. Ben is also currently researching the impact foreign security and democratization policy has on Bosnia-Herzegovina and the lasting legacies of post-conflict settlements.
Besa Arifi was born in Tetovo, Macedonia in 1981. She finished her BA, MA and PhD studies in the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje. Since 2004 she works at the Faculty of Law, South East European University where she received the title Associated Professor in criminal law in June 2016.
Bojan Marichikj holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of "Ss. Cyril & Methodius" in Skopje, an L.L.M. in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam, and an M.A. in Modern European Studies from the University College London. His research interests include Judiciary and Fundamental Rights, EU Constitutional and Political system, EU Law in the national legal order, EU in multilateral foreign relations, Europeanization of the politics, policy and polity in the candidate countries, EU political conditionality and Theories of European Integration. He is a long-standing civic activist and since 2013 he is an Executive Director of the Macedonian Centre for European Training (MCET).
Branimir Staletović is a student in the Master’s Program in South-Eastern European Studies at the University of Graz. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Skopje and a LL.M degree from the University of Graz. His research interests include studies in nationalism and ethnicity, history of Southeastern Europe as well as the theory and practice of civil disobedience. He currently works on his master thesis focusing on the contemporary nationalism in Macedonia.
Branislav Radeljić is a senior lecturer in international politics at the University of East London. He is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (2012), and editor of Europe and the post-Yugoslav Space (2013), and Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014).
Cas Mudde is an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia in the United States. He is the co-editor of Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or Corrective for Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and author of Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and won the 2008 Stein Rokkan Prize.
Chiara Milan is a visiting fellow at the Center for Southeast European Studies in Graz and a research fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. She received her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. Previously, Chiara conducted extensive research on the dynamics of mobilization and collective action in the Yugoslav successor states, with a specific focus on Bosnia Herzegovina. Currently she investigates grassroots initiatives in solidarity with refugees in Austria and in the countries of former Yugoslavia in the context of the 2015-16 so-called refugee crisis. Her research interests focus on contentious politics in divided societies, urban movements, refugees and forced migration.
Christian Danielsson is Director General for Enlargement at the European Commission in Brussels. Under the political guidance of Commissioner Štefan Füle, he manages the Enlargement Directorate General within the framework set out in its mission statement.
Daniel Linotte holds a PhD in economics from Oxford University. He worked as adviser with international organizations and governments, and held teaching positions at Boston University, the Catholic University Leuven and the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht). Since 2008, he is a Senior Member of St. Antony’s College (Oxford). He is presently leading an EU project in the Balkans. He is the author of “The Eurasian Economic Union – Implications for Governance, Democracy and Human Rights”, The Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC., and the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.
Dario Brentin is a PhD-candidate at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at University College London working on the topic of sport and national identity in post-socialist Croatia. He obtained his Mag. Phil. in Political Science and Eastern European History at the University of Vienna and is currently a University Assistant at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz. He has just very recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Südosteuropa entitled Football and Society.
Davide Denti is a PhD candidate at the School of International Studies, University of Trento, Italy, focusing his research on the EU enlargement process to the Western Balkans. He holds MAs in International Relations from the University of Milan (2008) and in European Studies from the College of Europe (2011), where he later served as teaching assistant.
Dejan Anastasijevic is an award-winning investigative journalist from Serbia. He currently lives and works in Brussels, writing for the Serbian weekly Vreme, the American Time Magazine and several other European and American newspapers.
Dimitar Bechev is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics (LSE). Until 2014 he was a Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the Sofia Office at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is also affiliated with South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), a research programme based in St Antony's College, Oxford. He received his D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford where he taught in 2006-10. He was a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and currently lectures at Sofia University, Bulgaria.
Doris Pack is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament. For more than 15 years she has been a Chair of the Parliamentary Delegation for relations with South-east Europe, while currently she serves as a member in the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
Emil Ahmagić is an international peace and security researcher, King's College London based out of Sarajevo and London. In the past, he has Provided field support and analysis of EU, OSCE and UN mandates and initiatives in the Western Balkans, primarily in Bosnia-Herzegovina. His research interests include European peace and security, post-conflict reform in the Western Balkans, European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Dr. Erhard Busek is Coordinator of the South-Eastern Cooperative Initiative, Chairman of the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe, and President of the European Forum Alpbach among other positions he holds. Busek served as Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Minister for Science and Research, Minister of Education, and Special Representative of the Austrian Government on EU-Enlargement. From January 2002 until June 2008 he was a Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. He received his law degree from the University of Vienna.
Erwan Fouéré is an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Prior to joining CEPS, he was the first to assume joint responsibilities of EU Special Representative and Head of Delegation in the EU External Service when he was appointed in this double capacity in Macedonia (2005), where he served for five years up to his retirement from the EU Institutions. He was also a Special Representative for the Irish 2012 Chairmanship of the OSCE, with special responsibility for the Transdniestrian settlement process, Head of Delegation in Slovenia leading to accession, and the first Head of Delegation in South Africa (1994) and the first Head of EC Delegations in Mexico and Cuba (1989). His area of research is on the EU’s role in the Balkans with a specific focus on Macedonia.
Filip Ejdus is Assistant Professor in Security Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. Filip is a member of the Executive Board of the Belgrade Centre for Security Police, the co-chair of the Regional Stability Study Group in SEE at the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes and academic coordinator at the Belgrade Security Forum. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Regional Security (biannual peer-reviewed journal) and President of the Research Forum at the European Movement in Serbia.
Dr. Florent Marciacq is a Research Associate at the University of Luxembourg and Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg. His research interests include European politics in the Western Balkans with an emphasis on foreign policy analysis. His most recent publications are “La politique étrangère de la Serbie: ruptures et continuités”. Annuaire français des relations internationales, vol. XV, 221-236, and “When the EU speaks on behalf of non-EU states… A critical appraisal of the EU’s alignment mechanism in multilateral fora”. European Security, vol. 23 (3), 1-18 (co-authored with N.S. Jaramillo).
Gëzim Krasniqi,PhD, is the Alexander Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London (UCL). His main research interests include nationalism, nationalist movements, citizenship and politics in the Balkans.
Gordana Djurovic is a Professor at the University of Montenegro, Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Political Science. She studied at University of Belgrade (Serbia) and received her Doctorate in Economics from the University of Montenegro. Between 2004 and 2010, she served as the Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration in the Montenegrin Government. She is head of the Jean Monnet Chair project (European economic integration study at the Faculty of Economics, University of Montenegro). Her subjects include development economics, EU enlargement policy, EU cohesion policy and international economic relations.
Harm Rudolf Kern
Harm Rudolf Kern is a student in the Master’s Programme of Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz. During his studies of history at Leiden University he developed a strong interest for Southeast Europe. He complemented his BA in Modern and Contemporary History with a Minor in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language at the University of Amsterdam. He currently lives and studies in Sarajevo for the purpose of researching the development of Bosniak political thought during the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
Heather McRobie is a novelist, journalist, and commissioning editor at openDemocracy 50.50. She has written for Al Jazeera, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and Foreign Policy, among others. She researches and lectures on public policy at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and has previously studied at the University of Oxford, University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo. Her latest book Literary Freedom: a Cultural Right to Literature explores the issue of hate speech in literature and the philosophy of freedom of expression
Jasmin Mujanović is a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University and a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. His doctoral research focuses on the democratization process in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a broader interest in the role protests and social movements play in post-authoritarian democratic consolidation. His foreign affairs commentary has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, openDemocracy, the Harriman Magazine, Balkanist Magazine, and host of other publications.
Jelena Džankić is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) and the coordinator of the EUDO Citizenship Observatory. Previously, she was a Jean Monnet and a Marie Curie Fellow at the EUI and a member of the CITSEE team at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a PhD in international studies from the University of Cambridge (New Hall College). Her book Citizenship in Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro Effects of Statehood and Identity Challenges has been published with Ashgate in 2015.
Jovan Teokarević is professor of comparative politics at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and Chairman of the Board of Serbia’s Fund for an Open Society. He leads the Faculty’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on the Balkans and coordinates an international Master Program on South Eastern Europe. He has published many books and taught courses on post-communist transition and consolidation of democracy and on EU-Western Balkan relations.
Kushtrim Istrefi (Doctoral candidate, University of Graz) is a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and a Lecturer of International and European Law at the University of Prishtina. He was a Legal Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo on secondment from the UNDP, and a Legal Advisor with the USAID Justice Reform Programme and the Initiative of the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Internet Recognition of Kosovo.
Ljupcho Petkovski is a Research Coordinator at the Macedonian Centre for European Training. He holds MA in Political Sciences and he has published on populism, the interplay between political culture and Europeanization, and democratization through external incentives.
Lorena Pullumbi is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Systems and Institutional Change, affiliated to the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy. Her post-graduate research project deals with the European Union's soft power in post-conflict fragile states and the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy after the Lisbon Treaty. She holds a joint Master Degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a cum laude BA in Sociology from the University of Tirana. In the past, she has been Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz and authored the section of political history of the Western Balkans countries with the Italian Encyclopaedia of Science, Letters and Arts.
Lura Pollozhani works as a University Assistant at the Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES). Lura has previously worked at the Secretariat for European Affairs in the Republic of Macedonia and for the European Centre for Minority Rights (ECMI) Kosovo. Lura completed her Msc at LSE on European Studies: Ideas and Identities with a focus on Macedonia and EU Conflict Management.
Maja Bobić is an anthropologist with an MA in Southeast European Studies conferred at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is employed in the EMinS since 2003, firstly as a Local Council Coordinator, later as a Project Coordinator/Researcher. In 2007 she was appointed Secretary General in charge of the overall planning, fundraising and management of EMinS, its representation to partners, associates and beneficiaries. She was a Freedom House fellow at the 'Advocacy and Lobbying' school seminar in the USA, an alumnus of the School of political studies of the BFPE and CoE, an alumnus of IVLP, etc.
Maja Divac is a journalist based in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her PhD from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her M.A. degree in Philosophy from New York University (NYU), USA. She studied Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is one of the co-founders of PG Mreza, a TV production company in Belgrade, where she currently works. She also teaches at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade. Her research interests are: media regulation and media ethics, EU integration process, foreign policy.
Marjan Ajevski is a Visiting Professor at the Legal Studies Department of the Central European University, Budapest, teaching courses on the Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law Program. He has an SJD from the Central European University and his research focuses on various aspects of international law and international tribunals, with a special focus on human rights courts, the rule of law and legitimacy. He was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oslo within the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence.
Matteo Bonomi joined the European Policy Centre (EPC) as Programme Assistant in the European Politics and Institutions Programme in April 2016. His professional experience has been increasingly related to EU enlargement policy, in particular to the Balkan - EU Integration process. Prior to joining the EPC, he has worked and cooperated with various institutions, including a government institution (Public Policy Secretariat of the Government of the Republic of Serbia), research institutes (Institute for European Studies and Institute of Economic Sciences, both based in Belgrade) and a regional international organization (Regional School of Public Administration – ReSPA, Danilovgrad, Montenegro). He holds a PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. During his PhD studies, he has been a Visiting PhD student at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). He also holds two MA degrees, one in Philosophy from Milano's University San Raffaele and another from the European College Foundation in Parma which focused on the institutions, politics, economics and legal aspects of the EU.
Milica Uvalić is Professor of Economics at the University of Perugia, Italy (since 1992). Formerly she was member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (2008-12), Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC (2009) and Assistant Minister in Federal government of FR Yugoslavia (2001). Recent publications include “FDI into transition economies: Are the Balkans different?” (with S. Estrin, 2014); The Social Consequences of the Global Economic Crisis in South East Europe (edited with W. Bartlett, 2013); Serbia’s Transition – Towards a Better Future (2010), Palgrave Macmillan; Western Balkans’ Accession to the European Union (edited with B. Cerovic, 2010).
Nebojša Lazarević is the Director of the European Policy Centre (CEP), a Belgrade-based think-tank. He has prior professional experience as a legal adviser in the Serbian government’s European Integration Office, Assistant Minister heading the Sector for EU Integration of the Ministry of Trade, and as a private consultant for EU law issues. He holds a Law Degree from Belgrade University and a Master of EU Law and International Business Law, awarded by the United Nations University for Peace. He is also active as a trainer for civil servants both in Serbia and regionally (ReSPA).
Nenad Koprivica is Executive Director of the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), a think tank from Montenegro. He is also a teaching assistant at the University of Montenegro, at the Faculty of Political Science. He studied at the University of Montenegro Faculty of Law and at The Centre for European Integration Studies (ZEI), of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn, Germany. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Montenegro, Faculty of Political Science, Podgorica. From 2006 to 2008, he was a country coordinator for Swiss Peace Foundation. From 2002 to 2005, he was a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Nermin Oruč holds PhD degree in Economics from Staffordshire University, UK. He has more than six years of experience in teaching subjects such as Econometrics, Statistics, Research Methods, Economic Development and Industrial Organization, as well as more than 7 years of experience in leading and conducting research projects. His research interests include migration, remittances, poverty and inequality, labour market analysis, rural development and trade. He is president at the Centre for Economic Development and Research, Sarajevo and research fellow at SEEDS, Quebec.
Neven Andjelic is a senior lecturer in international relations and human rights at Regent’s University London and a member of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities at the Council of Europe. He is the author of Bosnia-Herzegovina: The End of a Legacy (Frank Cass, London: 2003).
Odeta Barbullushi is Lecturer of International Relations and Political Science, and the Vice-Rector for Research and Methodology at the European University of Tirana. She received her PhD from the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Her research interests include state formation and nationalism in Southeastern Europe; the role of the EU and other external actors in the Western Balkans; critical security studies; and domestic sources of foreign policy.
Olga Mitrović holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Australian National University and MSc in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. She has worked for IOM Serbia and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration on policy development on the EU and SDC projects in the field of asylum, refugee and IDP protection, migration management and diaspora. Her research interests include international humanitarian and human rights law, protracted refugee crises, EU asylum acquis and migration and development. She has written for Forced Migration Review and Politika Annual Journal.
Orli Fridman is the Academic Director of the School for International Training Study Abroad program in the Balkans and a lecturer at the Faculty of Media and Communications, where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies. Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on the internal dynamics of societies in conflict, memory work and memory activism in societies in and after conflict, the role of social memory studies in teaching and researching conflict transformation, and critical approaches to encounters of groups in conflict. Her most recent publications include: "Alternative calendars and memory work in Serbia: anti-war activism after Milošević"Memory Studies 8(2), 2015; "Unstructured Daily Encounters: Serbs in Kosovo after the 2008 Declaration of Independence" Contemporary Southeastern Europe, 2(1) 2015.
Petra Roter received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and is now an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. Additionally, she is a member of the Slovenian representation for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities’ Advisory Committee.
Pieter Troch holds a PhD from Ghent University and is the author of numerous academic publications on the history of interwar Yugoslavia, including Nationalism and Yugoslavia: The Yugoslav State, Education, and the Balkans Before World War II (in press with I.B. Tauris). He is currently working as Project Officer with the European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.
Richard S. A. Newell is an MA candidate at Uni Graz's CSEES, living in SJV. Currently writing/researching on the role of memory and memorialisation in genocide prevention, as well as nationalism, anti-Semitism, conflict prevention and peace education. Learned much of what he knows through previous work for UK based gen-prev NGO Aegis Trust.
Rory Archer is a PhD candidate at the University of Graz where he works as a researcher at the Centre for Southeast European Studies on the FWF funded project “Between class and nation: Working class communities in 1980s Serbia and Montenegro”. Recent publications include the volume Debating the End of Yugoslavia (Florian Bieber, Armina Galijaš and Rory Archer, eds. 2014).
Saša Ćirić is a founder and editor of the literary supplement Beton, and editor on Radio 2 of the Serbian Broadcasting Cooperation (RTS). He published two books of literary and political essays, and contributed a number of articles and reviews for the liberal press and on-line journals in the region, such as Peščanik, Zarez, Novosti and Books-a. He also edited several books and anthologies, among which a pioneering From Pristina With Love and From Belgrade With Love in Serbian and Albanian.
Sean Parramore is a PhD Candidate at Queen Mary University of London. This post is based on his field research conducted in Kosovo from May to October 2015. He uses case studies from Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina to investigate how reforms enable a formal real estate market and disincentivise corruption, taking a specific focus on the role of the EU. He was recently interviewed about his research in Bosnia-Herzegovina in Oslobodjenje.
Senada Šelo Šabić
Senada Šelo Šabić is a scientific associate in the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb. Her research interests include Croatian foreign policy, Southeast Europe, EU enlargement, development cooperation and migration. Senada holds a Ph.D. in political science from the European University Institute in Florence (2003) and has earned two Masters degrees – in international relations from the University of Zagreb (1999) and in peace studies the University of Notre Dame, USA (1996). She is editor-in-chief of the Croatian International Relations Review and teaches at the University of Zagreb.
Stefan Füle is European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy. Previously he has held several positions within the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Füle served as First Secretary of Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York City from 1990 to 1995. His next assignment was at the headquarters of the Ministry in Prague until 1998. Then he served as the Czech Ambassador to Lithuania (1998–2001), also being the NATO contact point there. In 2000, Füle accepted the position of the First Deputy Minister of Defense but later returned to diplomatic work. He had served as the nation's Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2003–2005) before being appointed as the Permanent Representative of his country to NATO (11 July 2005–7 May 2009). He studied at the Charles University in Prague and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Stefan Lehne is currently Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe (Brussels) and Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. His diplomatic career included positions as Director General for Political Affairs in the Austrian Foreign Ministry and Director for the Balkans and Eastern Europe in the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU.
Tibor Varady is a Professor of Law at Central European University’s Legal Studies Program in Budapest, Hungary, and was the Minister of Justice of Yugoslavia from July 1992 through March 1993. He has served as the Pro-Rector (1994-1997) and the Head of the Legal Studies Department (1993-1997) of Central European University. Dr. Varady is a member of the World Law Institute Faculty, a member of the Editorial Board of “ELSA” – Selected Papers on European Law, Correspondent of the Netherlands International Law Review, and Councilor of the Association of Alumni of the Hague Academy of International Law. Dr. Varady maintains membership in several arbitral institutions and has acted as an expert witness before United States courts. He is the author of 15 books and more than one hundred articles.
Tim Judah is a reporter for The Economist and an author. A graduate of the London School of Economics and of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, he worked for the BBC before becoming the Balkans correspondent for The Times and The Economist. He is also the author of the prize-winning The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, published in 1997 by Yale University Press.
Toby Vogel is a writer on international affairs based in Brussels. In 2007-14, he was a staff writer with European Voice, and previously an associate editor with Transitions Online based in Sarajevo. He has worked for the Open Society Institute, the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Development Programme in Vienna, New York, and in the Balkans. He is a senior associate of the Democratization Policy Council (Washington, D.C., and Berlin) and a 2003 Andrew W. Mellon fellow in security and humanitarian affairs at City University New York.
Vladimir Đorđević is Visiting Fellow at CEPI and Lecturer at the Department of IR and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic. He specializes in the Western Balkans, US Foreign Policy, and Human Rights.
Zef Dedaj is a graduate (MA in economics) from Pristina University. Since 2010, Zef Dedaj is senior trade policy officer in the Trade Department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (TD/MTI) of Kosovo, where he is responsible for the analysis and the conduct of trade negotiations on non-tariff barriers (NTBs) within CEFTA. He is coauthor of “NTBs in the CEFTA Context: The Case of Serbia against Kosovo”, Policy Paper No.1, 2015, MTI, prepared jointly with the EU Trade Policy Project, funded by the EU and managed by the EU Office in Kosovo.
Zhidas Daskalovski holds a Doctorate from the Political Science Department, Central European University. He has published numerous scholarly articles on politics in the Southeast European region, as well as co-edited books including: Understanding the War in Kosovo (Frank Cass: London, 2003) and Ten Years after the Ohrid Framework Agreement: Lessons (to be) Learned from the Macedonian Experience, (CRPM and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: Skopje 2012).