General overview

The Chair’s activities will concentrate on researching, teaching, debating, and promoting a public awareness of the foreign policy of the European Union (EU) towards the Western Balkans.
In particular, the Chair’s activities will focus on ‘resilience’ which constituted the main conceptual innovation introduced by the 2016 landmark document Global Strategy, Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe.

Planned activities: 

  • 96 hours of teaching on International Relations, EU Foreign Policy, and the Western Balkans  
  • a 24-hour student training on:
    1. research methods
    2. access of EU documents and sources
    3. writing briefings and short papers
    4. dissemination
    5. advocacy (in collaboration with OBCT)
  • a lecture series with distinguished speakers open to University students, professors, civil society and the general public. The lecture series will focus on the discussion of various aspects of EU foreign policy, as well as international and domestic sources of resilience in the Western Balkans. 
  • an organization of a major academic conference at the end of the three year cycle involving speakers from the lecture series and other scholars. 


  • enhancing the European dimension at the University level by organizing courses, lectures and a conference addressed to both students and professors
  • giving undergraduate students a better knowledge of European foreign policy issues and developing their intellectual and technical skills, thus increasing their future employability as professionals and researchers. This goal will be achieved through a teaching method based on dialogue and discussion, as well as through the organization of a 24-hour seminar and of internship opportunities in collaboration with the Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso / Transeuropa (OBCT), an established media and research institution based in Trento
  • giving students the opportunity to carry out research on EU foreign policy issues, with particular emphasis on the Western Balkans, supporting them in their first hand exploration and analysis of EU foreign policy activities. 

Here below you can find the posters of the planned and past activities organized within this project. 

Arianna Piacentini (EURAC, Bolzano), Young Generations, Ethnonational Identities and Clientelism: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina and North Macedonia, 6 May 2020
Jelena Dzankic (European University Institute, Fiesole), Europeanisation of Contested States in the Western Balkans: Reality or Fad?, 13 May 2020
Florian Bieber (University of Graz), The Authoritarian Virus: The Impact of COVID19 on Democratic Decline in the Western Balkans, 14 May 2020
Filip Ejdus (University of Belgrade), 20 May 2020, The Secession of Kosovo and Serbia's Ontological Insecurity
Senada Selo Sabic (Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb), Migration Trends in the Western Balkans in the Context of the EU Enlargement, 21 May 2020
Eugenio Cusumano (University of Leiden), Projecting Resilience Across the Mediterranean, 22 May 2020