EAST Public – Fall 2017

Euro-Atlantic Integration in the Western Balkans: a perspective from Montenegro

Thursday, December 7, 18:00

VOC Zaal, Kloveniersburgwal 48

Montenegro is the smallest and – apart from Kosovo – the youngest post-Yugoslav state. Since gaining independence in 2006 Montenegro has actively pursued Euro-Atlantic integration. This is why Montenegro’s NATO membership ten years later was treated as a major breakthrough on its path towards the ultimate goal – EU membership.

President Milo Đukanović, is the former President (1998-2002), Minister of Defense, and Milo Djukanovic - portret.jpgPrime Minister (2003-2006, 2012-2016) of Montenegro, where he was seen as the architect of the Montenegro’s pro-European policy. Milo Đukanović retired from politics after the 2016 general elections. He remains active in his party and continues pursuingthe pro-EU agenda of his party and the Government of Montenegro. In his remarks President Đukanović will tackle Montenegro’s successes and remaining challenges to become a EU member. He will also address current political realities in the Western Balkans that will determine the pace of their Euro-Atlantic integration.

Dr. Nevenka Tromp received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, where she teaches at the Department of European Studies. From 2000 to 2012 Tromp worked as a Nena Tromp 01 ©Mike RoelofsResearcher at the Leadership Research Team in the Office of Tribunal’s Prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She was principle researcher on history and politics in the trial of Slobodan Milošević. She is currently the Executive Director of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation on Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities. Tromp’s book Prosecuting Slobodan Milošević was published in 2016.

About EAST Public

East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam has a long history as the premier center for expertise on the region. Founded in 1948 as the East European Institute in Amsterdam, it combined an educational mission with a program of research on history and current events beyond the “Iron Curtain.” The current faculty and researchers all have extensive experience conducting research on questions of politics, religion, conflict, language, memory, and economic development. Their work regularly appears in top academic journals, in the form of books with university presses and commercial publishers, and in the popular media within the Netherlands and abroad.

The East European Studies program currently offers BA and MA degrees. In addition, the group runs the EAST seminar with presentations of ongoing research by colleagues from around the world. From 2017, it will also organize policy-oriented discussions open to the public featuring members of our faculty and invited speakers.

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