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Past Working Groups 2002-08

  Post-Conflict Management
The Role of Islamists
State's Economic Role
Transatlantic Security
  China's Rise
Russia, USA and the EU
Military Transformation
Balkans Politics
EU Enlargement
States at Risk
Military Co-operability
Middle East
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Balkans Politics: Different Views and Perceptions, Common Interests and Platforms? (2003/04)


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Group Leader:
arrow Dr. Franz-Lothar Altmann

Key SWP Participants:
arrow Dr. Marie Janine Calic
arrow Dr. Dušan Reljic


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arrow Partner Organization:
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

For a long time in the 1990s, the basic notion for US/EU-involvement in the Balkans was "Together in, together out". Although much has been achieved since that time, the job is far from being completed. Presently, "Together Out" does not seem possible. The international commitment to the Balkans has acquired a much longer time perspective than originally anticipated as it has become clear that without the continued presence of international military and police forces and civilian administrative personnel no consolidation of the region can be expected. However, new challenges have emerged elsewhere and politicians in the US are facing increasing problems when trying to justify further American engagement in the Balkans. Thus the slogan is now changing into "US slowly out, more EU in?"

In this situation it becomes important to reflect on and discuss what obvious or possible different perceptions and approaches have been applied by the US and Europe/Germany vis-á-vis Southeastern Europe. Key areas for discussion include:

  1. the effects of a decreasing U.S. military presence (and corresponding decrease in influence?) in the region and the resulting opportunity for successful common EU foreign policy;
  2. the U.S. focus on energy resources in contrast to the European focus on normal trade and small scale foreign direct investment (complementarity or competition?);
  3. U.S. support for a sovereign Kosovo versus European fears of the consequence of such independence in Bosnia Hercegovina and Macedonia; and
  4. European support for a united Serbian and Montenegro in contrast to American ambivalence on the issue.

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