2014 Session 2B: the Western Balkans after 1989. What transitions?

Dealing with the Past while looking to the Future

International conference, part of the presidential initiative 25 years free Bulgaria

11 and 12 November 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

This session examined the transitions that Western Balkan countries have been undergoing since the end of the Cold War. Which was the watershed year that marked the beginning of transitions for the countries in the region?  Can we speak of the Western Balkans’s 89? What were the reform paths chosen by their governments and why are they different from the rest of Central and Eastern Europe?

Petar Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria (1997 – 2002) (Bulgaria)

Stjepan Mesić, President of Croatia (2000 – 2010) and the last President of Yugoslavia (Croatia)

Jovan Teokarević, Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia(Serbia)

Radmila Šekerinska, Former Leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (Macedonia)

Remzi Lani, Director of the Albanian Media Institute (Albania)


Panellist and Moderator: Ognyan Minchev, Executive Director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (Bulgaria)