Western Balkans Futures

Foresight-based project on trajectories for the Western Balkans

12 May 2021

What futures for the Western Balkans in 2030? Explore the full potential of a strategic foresight brought together by Visegrad Insight and top regional partners in Central Europe and Western Balkans. Watch, explore, read, listen and engage in building up a better European future.

Watch: What’s Up in Western Balkans? Ask an Expert.

Series of videos and texts by the experts from V4 and Western Balkans speaking on:

Security in the Western Balkans region upon Russian invasion to Ukraine

EU – Western Balkans relations

Serbia-Kosovo negotiations

Political crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Explore Western Balkans Futures 2030. Scenario-based report:

Why Western Balkans Futures? Rationale

The countries of Western Balkans face multiple geopolitical, economic, humanitarian and social challenges. Although a slow but steady process of NATO enlargement is present, none of the WB countries is yet close to the EU membership. Global actors use that as an opportunity to increase their influence on Europe.

Basic security concerns, handicapped political process, informal dependencies, unclear perspectives and global developments bouse the region in different directions. COVID-19 pandemic only aggravated the level of uncertainty, with vaccination becoming another hot political issue.

The EU’s tactics towards the region assume increased leverage, political accountability, and credibility. It will not remain unnoticed by global and regional contestants such as Russia, China, Turkey, or Saudi Arabia.

EU’s values-centred conditionality does not necessarily correspond to local elites’ political and economic interests. Hence, there is a need to explore the possible trajectories for the Western Balkans, considering the EU’s priorities, other players’ power projection and pandemic-related developments.

The mapping of potential trends and potential outcomes for the Western Balkans, as well as including the V4 perspective in the debate, will uplift the discussion on the importance of the region for the West, in particular, the EU and NATO. By means of Central European cooperation, we hope to ensure that the best recommendations are developed and heard in the EU and the U.S.

Read Western Balkans Futures – articles

We are also following the developments in the Western Balkans and invite international experts to provide commentaries.

Listen to Western Balkans Futures – podcast episodes

Talk Western Balkans Futures – online discussions

More about the programme

The “Western Balkans – Exploring Trajectories for the Region” project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund and is part of a broader effort called “Western Balkans Futures” aimed at elevating and extending the debate around the future of Western Balkans.

Previously, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, we produced a thematic report outlining major trends and triggers in the region: Western Balkans Trends Report.

The project entails the publication of the “Western Balkans Futures: Five Scenarios for 2030″ report based on the scenario-building workshop with experts from Western Balkans and Visegrad countries that took place on 9-10 September 2021. We are also following the developments in the Western Balkans and invite international experts to provide commentaries.

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Our partners are: Albanian Institute for International Studies (Albania), Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society (Serbia), EUROTHINK – Center for European Strategies (North Macedonia), Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Hungary), Prague Security Studies Institute (Czechia), Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia).

 

The project is supported by: International Visegrad Fund.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

 

Contact:

Tetiana Poliak-Grujić, Programme Manager, t.poliak@res.publica.pl

 

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