To Join the EU or Not—Europe Must Decide: Drift and Unrest Dominates Western Balkans

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a roundtable discussion moderated by Professor Tanya Domi (Columbia/SIPA).

It is a precipitous moment in Balkan history. The European Union is weighing the accession candidacies of North Macedonia and Albania, with decisions pending before the German Bundestag that are likely to influence outcomes in Brussels. The negotiations for the Serbia-Kosovo agreement have been fraught with tension for months, and are currently at a standstill. Bosnia had yet to form a government nearly a year after the October 2018 elections. All of these events are taking place against a backdrop of social unrest across the region as citizens have been taking to the streets in protest in Serbia and Montenegro for months.


Moderator: Tanya Domi (Columbia/SIPA)

Jasmin Hasić, Assistant Professor at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology

Ivana Jordanovska, Fulbright Fellow at New York University

Dženeta Karabegović, researcher and lecturer at the University of Salzburg

Agon Maliqi a policy analyst, civil society activist and media writer from Prishtina, Kosovo

Molly Montgomery, Vice President in Albright Stonebridge Group’s Europe practice

Toby Vogel, a writer on foreign affairs based in Brussels



Jasmin Hasić is an Assistant Professor at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of Humanity in Action BiH, an international non-profit focused on minority and human rights. He holds a PhD in political science from the Universite libre de Bruxelles and LUISS Guido Carli of Rome. Recent publications include Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Foreign Policy since Independence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), co-edited with Dženeta Karabegović. His research interests also include diaspora studies, peacebuilding, and demographic changes associated with post-conflict migration.

Ivana Jordanovska is a Fulbright Fellow at New York University pursuing a MA in International Relations and former adviser to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. She has worked for the OSCE and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and has written extensively on the Western Balkans and the EU. She holds a Bachelor from the Institute for Political Science in Paris.

Dženeta Karabegović is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Salzburg in the Division of Political Science and Sociology. Her wider research interests are rooted in international and comparativepolitical sociology with a particular focus on transnationalism, diaspora, migration, democratization, human rights, transitional justice, and the Balkans. Her academic work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed academic journals including a recently
co-edited special issue in Ethnic and Racial Studies and a co-edited volume (with Jasmin Hasić) on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Foreign Policy Since Independence with Palgrave.

Agon Maliqi is a policy analyst, civil society activist and media writer from Prishtina, Kosovo. He is the creator and co-founding editor of, an Albanian language opinions and analysis blog which gathers a younger generation of academics, think tankers and civil society activists. Mr. Maliqi's main interests include regional and international affairs, the state of human rights and democracy in the Balkans and socio-economic development in Kosovo. Professionally, Mr. Maliqi has during the past ten years worked mostly as a consultant on these issues with a range of international organisations. Mr. Maliqi was just recently in Washington D.C as a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He graduated in Political Science and European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria in 2006, and obtained a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Duke University (USA) in 2012.

Molly Montgomery is a Vice President in Albright Stonebridge Group’s Europe practice. Drawing on more than a decade of experience in the region, Ms. Montgomery develops and implements strategies for clients to deepen relationships with key stakeholders, resolve complex problems, and expand global reach. Ms. Montgomery joined the firm from the White House, where she served as Special Advisor to the Vice President for Europe and Eurasia. Previously, Ms. Montgomery served as Deputy Director of the Office of Eastern European Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Montgomery is a non-resident fellow in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, where her work focuses on Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. She is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign affairs, as well as European trade and politics. She has been interviewed by National Public Radio, POLITICO, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Toby Vogel is a writer on foreign affairs based in Brussels. In 2007-14, he was a political reporter with the newsweekly European Voice (now defunct), and previously associate editor with Transitions Online ( and a regular contributor to RFE/RL's "Newsline", based in Sarajevo. He has worked with the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo and holds degrees in philosophy from the University of Zurich and in political science from the New School for Social Research. He is a senior associate of the Democratization Policy Council (Washington, D.C., and Berlin) and in 2003 was a Mellon Foundation fellow in humanitarian action at City University New York.