Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Next Member State: Croatia's Path to the European Union

On January 22, the University of Illinois joined students and faculty at University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill,  University of Washington, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Pittsburgh in a videoconference on Croatia’s impending accession as the 28th member state of the European Union. The videoconference was an installment of "Conversations on Europe," a series of interactive virtual roundtables for 2012-13, co-hosted by the European Union Center and coordinated by the European Union Center of Excellence and the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) at the University of Pittsburgh.

In "The Next Member State: Croatia's Path to the European Union," experts throughout the U.S. discussed the Europeanization process in the western Balkans, the impact on Croatia (and on the EU) of enlargement, and related topics. The speakers included REES Center Director Robert Hayden,  Professor Natasa Besirevic, a faculty member of the Political Science Department at the University of Zagreb, Dr. Laura Hastings, Political Science lecturer and Interim Director of the Global Studies degree major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dominik Tolksdorf, TAPIR Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. The panel was moderated by Dr. Andrew Konitzer, Associate Director of REES.

View the roundtable discussion below or by clicking here.

Photo credit: Bogdan Giuşcă  (


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