LECTURE: Vedran Dzihic
Summary: "In the last few years of global economic crisis we see growing authoritarian challenges to new democracies in the Western Balkans. The crisis has changed the political landscape of the region as political elites seek new tools for retaining power and securing legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry. I argue that current regimes in the Western Balkans increasingly seek answers to the political crisis by combining democratic practices with (newly) authoritarian ones. The new 'gray zone' regimes that have emerged keep the façade of democratic institutions and elections and combine them with new authoritarian policies, relying on old authoritarian values like nationalism. This damages the very notion of democracy and limits the effects of democratization." Dr. Dzihic will unpack these new authoritarian challenges to democracy with thought-provoking insights from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
Bio: Dr. Vedran Dzihic is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, and Senior Researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe. He has been Austrian Marshall Plan Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington D.C. Recently, he co-edited two books in cooperation with Brookings Institutions Press and Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Washington DC: "Unfinished Business. The Western Balkans and the International Community" (2012), together with Dan Hamilton, and “Looming Shadows. Migration and Integration at a Time of Upheaval. European and American Perspectives” (2012), together with Thomas Schmidinger.
Location: Fourth floor, FedEx Global Education Center.
Sponsors: The Center for European Studies; European Union Center of Excellence