Berlin Process: A bridge between the Western Balkans and the EU?

Berlin Process: A bridge between the Western Balkans and the EU?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:45pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Marika Djolai (Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group)
Spyros Economides (LSE)
Adam Fagan (Queen Mary University of London)
Tobias Flessenkemper (Centre International de Formation Européenne)
James Ker Lindsay (St Mary's University, Twickenham)
Andrew Page (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Goran Svilanović (Regional Cooperation Council)
David Madden (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis, David Madden, Jonathan Scheele (St Antony's College, Oxford)

The Berlin Process was launched in 2014. Originally time-limited, it is now open-ended. The initiative is aimed at maintaining the momentum of European integration in the Western Balkans. It concentrates in particular on economic connectivity, regional cooperation, civil society development and security. This year the UK is hosting the annual Summit. Key questions are the direction in which the UK should help take the Process, and what the future holds. The format for this seminar will be a round-table discussion; it will be led by 5-6 speakers, and the intention is to allow/encourage all participants to have a chance to speak.


Marika Djolai is a research scholar and analyst affiliated with the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. She holds Masters degrees from, the University of Novi Sad and the University College London and received her Doctorate in Development Studies (Conflict and Violence) in 2016 from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex where she continues to have affiliation. In 2016 she won Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies of Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka. For many years she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina, holding positions with UNICEF, the British Council, BBC Media Action and as a Visiting Researcher at the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo; and conducted fieldwork for her PhD thesis. She also worked in Kosovo and Eurasia. Her research focuses on post-war community dynamics and social interactions in Bosnia and Herzegovina; security issues and drivers of radicalisation in Eurasia; while her policy work is oriented towards the EU accession of the Western Balkans countries. 

Spyros Economides is an Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at the London School of Economics. He is also the Director of the Hellenic Observatory at the LSE and a founder member of the School’s research unit on South East Europe (LSEE). His most recent publication is the edited volume EU Security Strategies: Extending the EU System of Security Governance (Routledge, 2018).

Adam Fagan is a co-investigator in the EU-funded MAXCAP (Maximizing the Integration Capacity of the European Union) research project His research focuses on the Europeanization of the Western Balkans, with particular reference to judicial reform, minority rights and environmental governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Adam is also the editor of East European Politics He is Head of School, holds a chair in European Politics at QMUL, and is also Professorial Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSEE – LSE South East Europe Research).

Tobias Flessenkemper is a Senior Fellow and European Policy Projects Director at the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) in Nice and teaches European politics at the University of Cologne. Since 2015 he has been one of the conveners of the Reflection Forum “The Western Balkans in the European Union” which accompanies the “Berlin process” with events in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Trieste and the Western Balkans region. He is a member of the board of the Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft e.V. (South East Europe association) and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and was a fellow of the German Institute for International and Security affairs (SWP) from 2012-2013 after his service for the EU and the OSCE in Sarajevo and Skopje during the 2000s. Tobias Flessenkemper is founder and managing director of, an advisory practice in the area of governance and culture.

James Ker-Lindsay is Professor of Politics and Policy at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Senior Visiting Fellow at LSEE-Research on South East Europe, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written extensively on conflict, peace and security in South East Europe and is author of 'Kosovo: The Path to Contested Statehood in the Balkans' and co-editor of 'Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans’.

Andrew Page is the Western Balkans Summit Coordinator for the FCO. In an FCO career spanning over 20 years, Andrew has focused on Russia & the Commonwealth of Independent States, Central & Eastern Europe and Former Yugoslavia. Most recently, Andrew was British Ambassador to Slovenia where he worked intensively on Slovenia's banking crisis, reporting to the UK Government on Slovenia's fragile banks and the local Government's efforts to avoid bail-out.

Goran Svilanović is a Serbian diplomat and politician. Active in politics since 1993, he became president of the Civic Alliance of Serbia (Građanski Savez Srbije) in 1999 and held this position until 2004, when he resigned. From 2000 to 2004, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was renamed Serbia and Montenegro in 2003. He served from November 2004 until the end of 2007 as the chairman of Working Table I (democratization and human rights) of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. He was also a member of the Senior Review Group of the Stability Pact, which proposed the transformation of the Stability Pact into the Regional Co-operation Council. He served as coordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (2008–2012). Since 2008, Svilanović has been Assistant Professor of Law at the Union University in Belgrade. He has also been engaged and worked with a number of organizations and committees, such as the Centre for Antiwar Action (1995–1999), the International Commission on the Balkans (2004–2006) and the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (2007–2008).

Seminar Series: Key issues and developments in South East Europe

Our Hilary 2018 SEESOX seminar series on South East Europe looks at regional developments from a thematic, interdisciplinary and cross-country perspectives and touches upon issues which are at the forefront of the region’s current affairs. We look at South East Europe from international politics, political economy, and/or societal perspectives, by engaging with a selection of topics ranging from the challenges to democracy and free speech, to geopolitics, energy, migration and European integration.

Co-Convenors: Othon Anastasakis, David Madden, Jonathan Scheele (St Antony’s College)