In recent months, high profile political crises, attacks on civil society and media, and renewed ethnic tensions in the Balkans have raised concerns among the international community about increasing instability and risk of conflict. However, with Europe and the United States focused on their own internal domestic challenges, it is uncertain to what extent they will be willing or able to continue to act as a stabilizing force in the region.
This public event, hosted by the Atlantic Council in partnership with The European Fund for the Balkans and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, will explore the main sources of instability in the Balkans and how a renewed US strategy for engagement might reduce the risk of conflict in the region. Panelists will also discuss Europe's role and the importance of a strong US-EU vision for the region, especially as several Balkan nations want to move closer to EU and NATO membership.
Date: May 16, 2017
When: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Atlantic Council, 12th floor