On 28 March, BiEPAG released its latest study on the state of democracy which we presented at the European Parliament in Brussels and subsequently I commented on the study’s findings and Serbian elections for Financial Times, New York Times, Wiener Zeitung, and Spiegel-Online.
My first book chapter on the history of Hvar was published in German as “Die Insel als Provinz. Isolation, Identität und die Beziehungen zum Zentrum in Dalmatien”
Early Macedonian elections were of interest as a test case for challenging authoritarian rule, as I wrote in a comment for Balkan Insight. Furthermore, I offered a number of interviews and comments for Economist, VOA, Politico, DW, AFP, Der Standard, Wiener Zeitung (and here), among others.
In addition, I wrote an analysis of the Austrian presidential elections for the New York Times and what is means more broadly for defeating far-right populists in Europe and gave an interview for Der Standard on the Balkan foreign policies of FPÖ candidate Hofer.
I presented the final study we wrote at the Centre for the Council of Europe on best practices from a large-scale project on minority empowerment at the local level in Tirana.
Routledge published Negotiating Social Relations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Semiperipheral Entanglements, edited Stef Jansen, Čarna Brković, Vanja Čelebičić, in the Series Southeast European Studies I edit, including a response to two chapters I authored.
Elections in Montenegro have been putting the question of the state of democracy in the region on the agenda. In addition to some media statements (NZZ, Europe Western Balkans, RFE) and a blog post, I also wrote a comment on it for Balkan Insight.
BiEPAG published the latest policy brief on EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans in a Time of Uncertainty, Marko Kmezić and I co-wrote.
I published an article in Die Zeit on Yugoslav and Greek refugees in the Middle East during World War Two, a fascinating story that I have been researching on in archives in New York and Split.
I have published a few comments and analysis on the early Serbian elections, including a longer analysis for the BiEPAG blog, as well as interviews for the Economist, Deutsche Welle, Tagesschau.de and Tageswoche.
Another topic has been the Dutch rejection of the free trade agreement of the EU with the Ukraine, and what it means for enlargement in the Balkans. See my comment and article in the Serbian daily Politika.
I joined a discussion at Freedom House at the launch of the annual Nations in Transit report on the state of democracy in Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
Turkish Weekly carried my analysis on why the Balkans are back on the radar (for all the wrong reasons).
The refugee crisis and Austrian policy in the Balkans was the topic of an interview for the Austrian radio station FM4.
Between February and June 2016, I will be on a sabbatical as a visiting fellow at the Remarque Institute of New York University.
The article “The Serbia-Kosovo Agreements: An EU Success Story?” was published in
For Radio Free Europe, I wrote my one week diary under the impression of the refugee flow through the Balkans.
The refugee crisis has dominated this month, including an op-ed for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Balkan Insight, and discussion for the ORF Europastudio, as well as interviews for numerous media (Bloomberg, NTV, 20 Minuten, Blick)
As part of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BIEPAG), I contributed to the civil society component of the Vienna Western Balkans summit in late August and BIEPAG presented a study on bilateral relations for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that was mentioned in the final conference statement and also included a declaration on bilateral relations and EU integration signed by all ministers of foreign affairs of the Western Balkans. My notes on the summit are on my blog, as well as in a number of interview for the summit (Der Standard, and here, Kleine Zeitung, N-TV). The study is available here.
The article “The Construction of National Identity and its Challenges in Post-Yugoslav Censuses” was published in a special issue of Social Sciences Quarterly.
The FWF-funded research project on workers in Serbia and Montenegro during the 1980s was discussed in an article in Der Standard.