Category Archives: LSEE events

May 19 2014

Five minutes with Tanja Miščević: “We want to use the EU accession process to change Serbia”

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Serbia was granted EU candidate status in 2012, with formal negotiations beginning in January 2014. In an interview with LSEE’s Tena Prelec and EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, the Chief Negotiator for the accession of the Republic of Serbia to … Continue reading

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May 15 2014

Match-making across enemy lines

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The anthropologist Armanda Hysa researched 13 cases (out of an esteemed 350) of unlikely couples: Serbian husbands and Albanian wives living in the largely rural Sandžak region, in Southern Serbia. “When the existence of a traditional family faces the danger … Continue reading

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May 8 2014

How international organisations disrupted the post-war labour market in former Yugoslavia

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 ‘Peace-building’ international organisations vitiated the economic course of post-Yugoslav countries by acting as periodical employers with no sustainable long-term strategy, argues Catherine Baker. This has occurred most of all in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, where international intervention has taken place on the … Continue reading

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Apr 14 2014

Sherrill Stroschein on the importance of protests: “voting will always harm the interests of a minority”

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“Voting is by number, and it will always harm the interests of a minority. A protest is disruptive and reflects intensity – it really shows how much you care about something.” – argues Dr Sherrill Stroschein, Senior lecturer in Politics at University College … Continue reading

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Apr 8 2014

A new Balkan tragedy? The case of microcredit in Bosnia

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“The microcredit lobby got poverty wrong: it is not about supply, it is about demand”, argues Milford Bateman, Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Juraj Dobrila, Pula, Croatia. The results of Bateman’s research were presented at the second conference of the … Continue reading

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Apr 3 2014

Ilegalja: terrorists or freedom fighters? An Albanian tale from Yugoslav times

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Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on Albania and Kosovo. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Bournemouth. Stephanie has previously been a lecturer and Alexander Nash fellow at UCL SSEES, and is the president of the … Continue reading

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Mar 12 2014

Five minutes with Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of Croatia: “A referendum against minority rights is not going to happen – we shall oppose it by all legal means”

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Croatia joined the European Union in July 2013, becoming the 28th member state. Following the referendum on EU membership, however, a number of other referendums have been initiated by grassroots movements under the country’s Referendum Law, including an amendment to the … Continue reading

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Feb 20 2014

Five minutes with Igor Lukšić, Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro: “Our priorities are clear – to join the EU and NATO”

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Montenegro became independent in 2006 and formally began accession negotiations with the European Union in 2012. LSEE’s Tena Prelec and EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown spoke to Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Lukšić, about the country’s efforts to join the European … Continue reading

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Feb 7 2014

The Sandžak, a hitherto neglected Balkan region

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Dr Kenneth Morrison and Lady Elizabeth Roberts speak of their recent “The Sandžak: A History”, whose book launch was hosted by LSEE. The Sandžak (or Raška) is a historical region sitting across the borders of Montenegro and Serbia; today, Bosniaks … Continue reading

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Feb 4 2014

Ruritania in Brussels: Balkan stereotypes in the Age of Austerity

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Vesna Goldsworthy, Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University and accomplished author, has been LSEE’s first guest speaker in the academic year 2013/14, presenting on “Ruritania in Brussels, Evzones in the Eurozone: Balkan Stereotypes in the Age of Austerity. Her book “Inventing … Continue reading

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