Storm In The Backyard

How will the Ukraine conflict impact on Serbia’s place in the international community?

Whenever and however the current conflict in Ukraine comes to an end, there’s no doubt that the Western Balkans and Serbia will be hit hard by the outcome. Previous elections, but also the current steps Serbia is taking in the foreign policy domain, will have political, economic and social ramifications for every citizen, but they will be decided by just one person.

What does the conflict in Ukraine imply when it comes to the new geopolitical division of the world map? What repercussions does it have for the position of Europe, and for the position of the region and Serbia? Will we ultimately end up closer to the East or the West, or pushed even further to the margins? Does this conflict create the possibility of changing the stances of America and Europe regarding Kosovo and the organising of Bosnia-Herzegovina, or is it a topic that’s being used by the ruling party to homogenise the electorate? On whom does Serbia’s positioning in the international community depend? These are undoubtedly issues that have entered our lives, whether we’re talking about decisions made at the top of the Serbian government or everyday conversations within families, among friends and on the street. Here our interlocutors – historians, foreign policy commentators, economists and political scientists – attempt to shed light on the possible consequences of the Ukrainian conflict for the reconfiguring of the geopolitical space and, thus, on the place of Serbia and the wider region on this new world map, with an awareness that the situation on the ground could shift before this edition of CorD even finds itself in front of readers.

Aleksandar R. Miletić, Research Associate At The Institute For Recent History Of Serbia, Executive Director Of The Center For History Studies And Dialogue

Verbally In The West, Mentally In The East

The foreign policy turnaround of Vučić’s regime, like the one that occurred at the time of the signing of the Brussels agreements, could pay...

Aleksandar Popov, Director Of The Centre For Regionalism

It Would Have Been Better If We’d Chosen One Stable Chair

If the war in Ukraine persists, the post-election period will most likely see Serbia have to choose between one of the two chairs that...

Boško Jakšić, Journalist

On The Brink Of A New Cold War

In a country where almost everything is dependent on one man, the choice of Serbia in the west or Serbia in the east also...

Vladimir Gligorov, Economist And Political Scientist

Awaiting The Assigning Of Destiny

How political changes will look following contrasting outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine within certain countries, especially Serbia, will depend primarily on political decisions...