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TEOKAREVIC Jovan - The EU and the Western Balkans: Enlargement, Reconciliation, Security (20h)

The course gives a broad overview of the relations between the European Union and its Southeast European neighbors (six countries of the so-called Western Balkans), and keeps in  focus  the  EU  accession  and membership perspectives of those countries. The emphasis is on the region’s specificities, in regard to both its low level of preparedness for the EU membership due to its complicated post- communist and post-conflict heritage, but also to more demanding formal conditions for its EU accession coupled with the ongoing EU crisis and the rising enlargement fatigue within it. The approach is interdisciplinary, as it brings together political, legal, economic and international aspects of the issues covered.  The  course  aspires  to  explain  the  conditions,  actors  and instruments in the accession process of Western Balkan EU candidates (Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Albania) and potential candidates (Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo), as well as achievements  so  far  and  prospects  for  future.  Because of its  close  ties with  both  the  EU integration and much needed ethnic reconciliation, regional cooperation is in the center of attention, too, as are security issues and the post-conflict reconciliation.

The main objective of the course is two-fold. On  the  one  side  it  should  show  multiple peculiarities of the  EU  integration process in  the  region  that is more  complicated and  less prepared for the EU membership than the Central East European countries used to be when they joined the EU in the last enlargement waves. At the same time, the course aims to explain whether or rather how the EU “transformative” power still works in such worsened conditions, burdened by the EU crisis and renewed great power politics in Europe. // ECTS Card

Professor: Jovan TEOKAREVIC