Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Looming Crisis of Democracy: Lessons from Two Decades of Post-Yugoslav Democratization

On November 1, Dr. Vedran Dzihic delivered a lecture entitled "Looming Crisis of Democracy: Lessons from Two Decades of Post-Yugoslav Democratization" as part of the EU Center Jean Monnet Module on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, funded by the European Union. The talk focused on the past and the present of democracy in the countries of the Former Yugoslavia. It began with the history of the democratic idea in the Socialist Yugoslavia; continued with a brief discussion of the impact of ethno-nationalist mass mobilization, authoritarian regimes and the wars in the 90s on the notion of democracy; and concluded with an analysis of the post-conflict democratization processes and the recently emerging phenomenon of post-democratic tendencies and democracy fatigue in the region, even before democracy has become "the only game in town."

To listen to a podcast of the lecture, click the link below, courtesy of Daniel Antonacci.

Listen to Vedran Dzihic's lecture, "Looming Crisis of Democracy: Lessons from Two Decades of Post-Yugoslav Democratization."

Dr. Vedran Dzihic is an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University. His research project focuses on Limits of Democratization and Europeanization posed by ethno-national politics in the case of the Western Balkans. In addition to authoring 4 monographs, Dr. Dzihic has been senior researcher and Chief of Party of the project Transformation and Democratization of the Balkans POTREBA” (www.univie.ac.at/potreba) since 2008. He is co-leader of a project funded by the Austrian National Bank dealing with the state of democracy in Serbia. Since 2005, he has been the Director of European Think-Tank CEIS (Center for European Integration Strategies), Geneva-Sarajevo-Vienna.


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