Friday, January 31, 2015

UNO Hosts Lecture on Democratization of the Balkans

Join Us! 

Hear University of Portugal Professor Teresa Cierco deliver her lecture "The European Union and the Challenge of Democratization of the Balkans."

The event runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in the International Center, Room 112.

for more information contact:

Int’l Studies Office International Center
Room 117

(504) 280-1136

The University of New Orleans Department of Political Science, UNO Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Program and The World Affairs Council of New Orleans host a lecture in February on ongoing challenges in Southeast Europe.

Teresa Cierco, a political science professor from the University of Porto in Portgugal will deliver a lecture entitled “the European Union and the Challenge of Democratization in the Balkans.”

The event runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Room 112 of the new International Center on campus, which celebrated its grand opening this month. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Balkan Peninsula, known as the Balkans, is a geographical region of Southeast Europe named for the Balkan Mountains stretching from eastern Serbia to the Bulgarian border and the Black Sea. The area, buffered by the Adriatic, Ionian, Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas, includes Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Romania, and Turkey.

Cierco teaches a course in “International Relations and International Organizations” and specializes in the democratization processes in the Western Balkan countries.

"The European Union has close links with the countries of the Western Balkans," the EU states on its website. "It aims to secure stable, prosperous and well-functioning democratic societies on a steady path towards EU integration."

The process has been in motion since 1997, when the Council established conditions for establishing contractual relations with Western Balkan countries. Two years later, the Council established a stabilization and association process that confirmed the countries of the Western Balkans would be eligible for EU membership if they met the criteria established at the Copenhagen European Council in June 1993.

Since then, the European Council has reitirated support of the Western Balkans on their path towards European integration through the ‘Thessaloniki Declaration, ’ the ‘Thessaloniki Agenda for the Western Balkans: moving towards European integration,’ policies and annual review of the European Commission's Enlargement Strategy. Each autumn, the European Commission adopts its annual Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports on individual countries.

Montenegro and Serbia have started membership talks. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania are candidate countries, while the others are potential candidates for EU membership. The EU claims to retain a key supporting role in stabilizing Bosnia and Herzegovina through military-led missions. The EU has also helped to deploy missions in Kosovo and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.