Meeting the Challenges of EU Membership and NATO Accession – Macedonia and her Neighbours

This policy paper examines the status of Macedonia's EU and NATO aspirations. Considered by many as the only success story of peaceful transformation in the Western Balkans in the early 2000s, Macedonia managed to emerge from the shades of the 2001 armed conflict and acquire EU candidate status in just four years. The first among the countries from the Western Balkans to sign a Stabilisation and Association Agreement in 2001, Macedonia today, however, is considerably lagging behind on its EU/NATO accession path.

Croatian Membership in the EU – Implications for the Western Balkans

This policy paper explores the effect of Croatia's EU membership on Southeast Europe, and view's the role of Croatia as a bridge between the EU and countries of the region aspiring towards EU membership.

Political Parties in South East Europe: Supporting Intra-State, Regional and European Consolidation?

This policy paper recognizes that the party system in the Western Balkans and South East Europe bears the standard problem of modern democracy: the inadequate political representation of its citizens by the traditional party system. As such the paper offers recommendations on means to support political development in the region.

Deconflicting Protracted Conflicts in the South Caucasus: The Role of the EU and NATO

This policy paper examines the geopolitical dynamics of conflicts in the South Caucasus and offers policy recommendations that consider the geopolitical realities. Additionally, the policy recommendations take into account perspectives of various internal and external players, thereby representing recommendations that can be be viewed as attractive by various parties.

What Kind of Sovereignty? Examining Alternative Governance Methods in the South Caucasus

This paper examines the nature of sovereignty in the South Caucasus and offers alternative interpretations of sovereignty which may prove useful in conflict mitigation.

Building Confidence in the South Caucasus: Strengthening the EU’s and NATO’s Soft Security Initiatives

This policy paper examines the positive attributes of NATO and EU soft security initiatives and offers recommendations on how the continuation and expansion of such initiatives can foster regional stability.

Sunni Foreign Fighters in Syria: Background, Facilitating Factors and Select Responses

This background paper is based on a presentation during a partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Workshop held in Brussels April 23-25, 2014 on the topic of foreign fighters. The paper discusses reasons driving the phenomenon and highlights some legal responses taken by Western European states to stem flow of foreign fighters to Syria and to reduce any potential disruptive activities upon return to their countries of departure.