Executive Director of the Politikon Network Jovana Marović participated at the “Building Resilience in the Western Balkans for EU and NATO accession” conference on 20 June at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington.
Branko Čečen, Director, Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS)
Srdjan Cvijić, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI)
Daniel Serwer, Conflict Management Program, JHU SAIS and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS
Jovana Marović, Executive Director, Politikon Network – Montenegro
Alex Johnson, Senior Policy Adviser for Europe and Eurasia, Open Society Foundations
U.S. policymakers and experts have rightly recognized a growing malign influence of Russia and external actors in the Western Balkans as an issue of serious concern. Years of political disengagement of the European Union and the United States have generated strategic vulnerabilities. Yet, these vulnerabilities are exacerbated by internal drivers of instability, such as declining media freedom, widespread corruption with state capture and organized crime. Transatlantic expert exchange will be essential to driving both EU and US reengagement.