The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, or the Helsinki Commission, will be holding a briefing on foreign meddling in the Western Balkans. The briefing focuses on guarding against economic vulnerabilities. It is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 10:00 AM in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385 and will be live streamed on the Helsinki Commission Facebook page. Panelists scheduled are:

  • Ruslan Stefanov, Director, Bulgarian Center for Study of Democracy
  • Milica Kovačević, President, Montenegrin Center for Democratic Transition
  • Nemanja Todorović Štiplija, Founder and Editor in Chief, “European Western Balkans” media outlet 
  • Dimitar Bechev, Research Fellow, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

The event is being done in collabation with the Center for INternational PRivate Enterprise (CIPE). According to the Helsinki Commission, “CIPE has worked with local private and civil society partners to analyze the economic governance gaps that allow so-called ‘corrosive capital’ to gain a foothold in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. These partners will discuss the effect of specific gaps, as well as the need for further market-oriented reforms. Participants will also explore how the United States and Europe can help boost economic resiliency, encourage good governance, and protect democracy in the Western Balkans.” (Helsinki Commission)