The European Union and the Western Balkans: Enlargement and Resilience

The project aims to offer university students a better understanding of European foreign policy matters, with particular focus on Southeastern European and Eastern Partnership countries. It includes interactive seminars that are also streamed online for a wider audience, internship opportunities at Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT), and a students' blog.

The project is promoted by the Jean Monnet Excellence Centre of the University of Trento in cooperation with Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa and with the support of the European Union.


seminars 2021

Guest Lectures - Spring 2021

Pietro de Perini (Università di Padova): "EU human rights foreign policy in the Mediterranean neighbourhood", 7 April 2021
Irene Costantini (Università di Napoli L'Orientale): "Fragility and resilience in the European Union’s security strategy", 15 April 2021
Cedric de Coning (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo): "The role of Resilience in Adaptive Peacebuilding", 21 April 2021

Guest Lectures - Spring 2020

Arianna Piacentini (EURAC, Bolzano), Young Generations, Ethnonational Identities and Clientelism: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina and North Macedonia, 6 May 2020
Jelena Dzankic (European University Institute, Fiesole), Europeanisation of Contested States in the Western Balkans: Reality or Fad?, 13 May 2020
Florian Bieber (University of Graz), The Authoritarian Virus: The Impact of COVID19 on Democratic Decline in the Western Balkans, 14 May 2020
Filip Ejdus (University of Belgrade), The Secession of Kosovo and Serbia’s Ontological Insecurity, 20 May 2020
Senada Selo Sabic (Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb), Migration Trends in the Western Balkans in the Context of the EU Enlargement, 21 May 2020
Eugenio Cusumano (University of Leiden), Projecting Resilience Across the Mediterranean, 22 May 2020

Video recordings of seminars



Call for papers for a conference to be held in Trento in September 2021


Seminars Cattedra Jean Monnet "The European Union and the Western Balkans: Enlargement and Resilience"

15 May 2019 - EU Foreign Policy and Resilience
Garcia Ana Elisa Juncos, University Bristol 

9 May 2019 - Social Cohesion and Conflict Resilience in Conflict-Affected Societies
Timothy D. Sisk, University of Denver - Colorado

8 May 2019 - 21st Century Challenges, Crises and Changes: when is Democracy Resilient?
Timothy D. Sisk, University of Denver - Colorado

17 April 2019 - Mobilizing at the Periphery of Europe: Social Movements in the Western Balkans
Chiara Milan, University Graz

10 April 2019 - Understanding Power in EU-Russia Relations
Tom Casier, Director Global Europe Centre, University of Kent

27 February 2019 - Global Europe. Navigating Complexity: the EU’s Rationale in the 21st century
Nathalie Tocci, Director dell’Istituto Affari Internazionali - Roma




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