Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks
Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks, Episode 1
The premiere of the first podcast episode of the BiEPAG podcast series is hosted by Florian Bieber (BiEPAG's Coordinator, Director of Centre for Southeast European Studies, Graz) and Tena Prelec (BiEPAG Member, Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford).
BiEPAG's Coordinator Florian Bieber is leading the discussing on the aftermath of the recent elections in Montenegro and the end of the Đukanović Era with his guests Ana Nenezić, Executive Director of CeMI, Montenegro and Bojan Baca, BiPEAG Member and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg.
What are the prospects for the newly elected president in the light of the change of power with the long-term strongman Đukanović, what does it mean for the highly polarized landscape of Montenegrin politics and what can be expected in the light of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Tena Prelec and her fellow BiEPAG Members Jovana Marovic (Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs in Government of Montenegro) and Richard Grieveson (Deputy Director of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies) are looking at the thicket of the different economic integration projects in the region, with a special focus on the Open Balkan and the recent BiEPAG policy brief "Through the Labyrinth of Regional Cooperation: How to Make Sense of Regional Integration in the Western Balkans".
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Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks, Episode 633:30The last episode for 2023 of the BiEPAG's podcast Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks focuses on:The results of the Serbian parliamentary, local, and provincial electionsHost: Florian BieberGuests: Tara Tepavac, Researcher at Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade, and Nikola Burazer, Programme Director at Centre for Contemporary Politics and Executive Editor at European Western BalkansFocus on the BiEPAG policy brief Beyond Stabilitocracy. Unveiling the Rise of Autocracy in the Western Balkanswith Damir Kapidzic, Marika Djolai and Marko Kmezic, BiEPAG Members and authors of the briefCheck the brief at the following link.
5. Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks, Episode 554:58Every winter the same? Air pollution in the cities of the Western BalkansHost: Florian Bieber Guests: Gorjan Jovanovski, EarthCare.ai - North Macedonia and Denis Žiško, Aarhus Centre - BiH Every winter we have the same picture – heating, traffic, heavy industry and coal fueled power plants are having harmful effects and causing increased air pollution, which is directly connected with many diseases, health problems and a reason for thousands of premature deaths. The winter season across the Western Balkans is all about the bad air quality and listing the capitals of the region among the most polluted cities in the world.Green Transition in the Western Balkans and the Role of External Actors Host: Tena Prelec Guests: BiEPAG Members Dimitar Bechev, Nikos Tzifakis, Marika Djolai, Donika Emini and Vujo Ilic. The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group conducted a comprehensive study on the geopolitics of the green energy transition in the Western Balkans. The study is based on desk research, several detailed case studies and an opinion poll conducted between March and April 2023 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. BiEPAG Members and experts that were involved in this research project are discussing the main findings on the Green Energy Transition in the Western Balkans and the role of external actors.
4. Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks, Episode 447:22The fourth episode of BiEPAG Podcast is on #Ukraine. BiEPAG's Coordinator Florian Bieber and BiEPAG's Member Damir Kapidžić are hosting important interlocutors on this subject:Ukrainian Perspectives on the Enlargement and Synergies with the Western Balkans Host: Florian BieberGuests: Ivan Nagornyak, Deputy Director of the Government Office for Coordination on European and Euro-Atlantic IntegrationAdvisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine at the Cabinet of Ministers of UkraineMaria Mezentseva, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Ukraine's Integration into the European Union, Parliament of UkraineWhat does the War in Ukraine means for the Western Balkans? Host: Damir Kapidžić Guests: Jelena Džankić, Co-Director of the Global Citizenship Observatory and SEE Director for the Robert Schuman Centre’s Global Governance Programme Veronika Anghel, Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (Check the publication https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/75524 A Year Later: War in Ukraine and Western Balkan (Geo)Politics. Edited by Jelena Džankić, Simonida Kacarska, and Soeren Keil; published by the European University Institute in 2023).
Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks, Episode 347:25Hosts: Florian Bieber and Tena Prelec, BiEPAG Part 1The position of Serbs in Northern Kosovo in the light of tensions between Serbia and KosovoGuests: Marina Vulović (SWP) and Milica Andrić Rakić (New Social Initiative) Part 220 years since the Thessaloniki promiseGuests: Nikola Dimitrov and Milica Delević
2. Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks, Episode 255:34Seriously Balkans - The BiEPAG Talks, Episode 2The second episode looks into two very sensitive topics, but also important ones. The first segment tackles the mass shootings in Serbia, and the social and political implications of this events. In continuation the discussion is related to the recent works that look into the issue of foreign fighters going to Ukraine.🔹The Mass Shootings in SerbiaHosts: Tena Prelec and Damir KapidžićGuests: Srđan Cvijić, BiEPAG Member and President of the International Advisory Committee of BCSP Ilija Vojnović, Programme Director, International Republican Institute's (IRI)🔹Foreign Fighters in Ukraine and the legacy of ISISHost: Florian Bieber Guests: Asya Metodieva, Researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Czech RepublicKacper Edward Rekawek, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo