OBOR: rischio politico crescente per lo snodo Balcani

Venerdì, 21 Luglio, 2017

a cura di Ufficio Studi Sace

La regione balcanica sta sperimentando da diversi anni un significativo aumento del rischio politico. Tale situazione è frutto di un mix di elementi quali il riemergere di spinte nazionaliste, la recrudescenza di conflitti etnico-religiosi, la presenza di dispute territoriali irrisolte e, non ultimo, la presenza di cellule di estremismo di stampo islamista in alcuni paesi della regione.

Il vertice di Trieste sui Balcani Occidentali: quali prospettive per il futuro?

Mercoledì, 12 Luglio, 2017

a cura di Stefano Pilotto e dell'area ricerca ISPI

Executive Summary

Western Balkans in Trieste. What Lies Ahead

Lunedì, 10 Luglio, 2017

Political and economic prospects in the Western Balkans seemed promising in early 2000s, with countries leaning to the European Union for a prosperous future. Unfortunately, new and old Balkan problems are (re)emerging today, with political and ethnic divisions more entrenched than before due to poor economic performance, instability, corruption and lack of clear–cut prospects for the future. In the meantime, rising euroskepticism and "enlargement fatigue" in the EU have resulted into a stand–by of future enlargements. This may lead to a further deterioration of the fragile socio-political context in the Western Balkans. With this in mind, Germany launched the Berlin Process in 2014 with a view to scaling–up regional integration in the Western Balkans, while keeping alive the prospects of full EU membership. The Trieste summit on 12 July is the 4th meeting of the countries involved in the Berlin Process. Will this be a last call for the EU to stabilize the neighbouring region, accelerate its democratic processes and lay the groundwork for future EU membership?

From Moscow to Washington: big actors at play

Lunedì, 10 Luglio, 2017

Valbona Zeneli

Involvement of international actors has been essential in resolving conflicts, rebuilding, and helping reconcile the Western Balkans in the last few decades. Throughout the1990s, foreign intervention was meant to stop the bloodshed in the region after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, ending the wars in the region. The Western players, the United States (U.S.) in collaboration with the European countries, managed to achieve peace in the Western Balkans.

A view from Italy: back to the Balkans?

Lunedì, 10 Luglio, 2017

Andrea Frontini

Italy’s foreign policy has traditionally considered the Balkan region as a key area of political, economic and even cultural projection since its own unification process in the late 19th century. This made the history of Italy and of the Balkans increasingly, albeit often problematically, intertwined.

Boosting growth in Southeast Europe

Lunedì, 10 Luglio, 2017

Dušan Reljić

Imagine for a moment that the so-called Western Balkan countries were as rich and democratically consolidated as Switzerland, Norway or even tiny Iceland: would you doubt for a second that the EU leaders would not beg them to join the Union? Especially after Brexit has instilled so much impending doom into minds of the political class in Berlin, Paris and elsewhere. Accepting rich and politically straightforward new members would be a welcome remedy against Angst in the corridors of power throughout the continent!

Western Balkans-EU to tackle common challenges: security, migration, terrorism

Lunedì, 10 Luglio, 2017

Sabina Lange

The opening of the so called Western Balkan route in the summer of 2015 brought the region back to our living rooms and to political boardrooms. One could sense relief and hope among those long advocating for increased efforts on the side of the EU for the Thessaloniki agenda to reach its finalité.

Political instability in the Balkans: the remedies are long-term

Lunedì, 10 Luglio, 2017

Marzia Bona and Francesco Martino

The well-established cliché of the Balkans' long-term instability may just be sparring with an almost opposite concern. While the region has recently been experiencing rising instability, the West's political goal (or illusion?) of maintaining the status quo at any price may eventually result in a serious backlash.

Western Balkans and the EU: Still in stand-by

Lunedì, 10 Luglio, 2017

Erwan Fouéré

Fourteen years have passed since the European Union-Western Balkan summit in Thessaloniki in June 2003 where the process know as the Thessaloniki Agenda was adopted  confirming the EU accession perspective for the countries of the region. The language adopted was unequivocal: “The future of the Balkans is within the European Union”.

Balcani occidentali: così Mosca vuole tornare a "contare"

Martedì, 23 Maggio, 2017

Gabriele Natalizia

Il ritorno allo status di grande potenza è l’orizzonte verso cui si è mossa la Russia sin dall’inizio degli anni Duemila. Per Vladimir Putin e il suo entourage il conseguimento di tale obiettivo passa, anzitutto, per il ripristino del primato di Mosca sullo Spazio post-sovietico. Le mosse successive sono la sua affermazione come attore protagonista nelle regioni che le sono prossime geograficamente – come il Medio Oriente – o a cui è legata da vincoli storico-culturali – come i Balcani.


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