The Rise of International Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans: The New Geopolitics at Play in South Eastern Europe

Friday, October 21, 2016
9:30am - 2:00pm
601B Pulitzer Hall (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

Please join us for a conference on the rise of authoritarianism in the Western Balkans.

PROGRAM (tentative):

9:30 a.m.  Introductions Tanya Domi

Opening Talk by Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Panel One:  The State of Play: The Rising Influence of International Autocrats

· Professor Manu Bhagavan, Historian and Human Rights scholar, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY (The Rise of International Authoritarianism)

· Dr. Jasmin Mujanovic, independent scholar & expert (Dismantling the one-time Euro-Atlantic consensus in the region)

· Professor Besnik Pula, Virginia Tech (A New Generation of Budding Autocrats)

Moderator: Dr. Lincoln Mitchell


Coffee Break:  11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 1:15 p.m. Panel Two: The Soft Power Influence of Autocratic IR Actors with Local Leaders

· Professor Eric Gordy, University College London (Cultural Influences)

· Marko Kmezic, Lecturer, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz (The Role of Russian Media in South East Europe)

· Professor Tanya Domi, Harriman Institute, Columbia (The influence of autocratic IR actors on human rights and the civil society sphere)

· Fabio Mattioli, New York University Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

ModeratorMarija Sajkas, Independent Media scholar