WESTERN BALKANS AT THE CROSSROADS:
Democratic Backsliding and External Actors' Influence

BASIC INFORMATION
  • Project duration: 02/2022 – 07/2023

  • Project Manager: Anja Grabovac, grabovac@pssi.cz

  • Project Coordinator: Markéta Slavková, slavkova@pssi.cz

  • ​Project Assistant: Tamara Grabovac, tgrabovac@pssi.cz

  • Scientific advisor: Prof. Adnan Huskić

  • The project team consists of 7 experts from within the region with various scholarly backgrounds.


The project aims to focus on how external actors’ influence the countries in the region and analyze how the local political actors have contributed to in/stability of the region, including the democratic backsliding.

The project also aims to identify (potentially) malign influences in the Western Balkans and Croatia, such as disinformation campaigns, corruption of the political decision-makers and economic and financial activities which have fueled the rise of extremist and radical tendencies in the Western Balkans and Croatia.

The goal is to identify and describe various influence activities utilized by Russia, China, Turkey, and the Gulf States in Albania, BiH, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia including the specific tactics/mechanisms of their projection of influence.

The thematic research areas analysed by the researchers are: democratic backsliding, the rise of nationalism and radicalism, political and religious populism, genocide denial, celebrating of war criminals, hate speech, the impact of the war in Ukraine on the security situation in the Western Balkans

PLANNED PROJECT ACTIVITIES
  • 8 analytical studies & 7 journal/newspaper articles 

    • the final 8th study will be a brief offering a comparative analysis on issues identified within the seven studies.​

  • A concluding conference to be held in Prague in 2023

This project is kindly supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

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