The Importance of the US Elections for Southeast Europe

Kursnummer: 117620on

European Contexts:
The Importance of the US Elections for Southeast Europe
Does the US have the last Word in the Region?

When: Monday, 30 November 2020. 16:00 – 18:00 CET, 10am – 12:00pm ET (US)
Where: Concordia Cloud

Registration is mandatory. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link one day before the event. Deadline: 28 November 2020

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James O’Brien is Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) and leads the firm’s Europe practice. O’Brien has served two U.S. administrations as special presidential envoy, securing the release of Americans held hostage abroad and overseeing U.S. policy planning towards the Balkans. Based in Washington DC.

Dimitar Bechev is a non-resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. He is also a research fellow at the Center of Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the director of the European Policy Institute, a think-tank based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Expertise: geopolitics in Southeast Europe. Based in Oxford.

Marko Savković is an Executive Director at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE), in charge of the program of the Belgrade Security Forum. Expertise: security in Southeast East Europe. Based in Belgrade.

Concept and Moderators

Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures; Mirjana Tomić, Presseclub Concordia, fjum


US elections and their aftermath are closely monitored in Southeast Europe. Some politicians have taken sides. Declarations by Donald Trump and James Biden are dissected and analysed.

It always matters what US top politicians and diplomatic representatives on the ground do and say, It matters who has the privilege to be invited to the White House or to the parties organised by the US embassies in national capitals.

Why is the US so important when some countries in the region are already members of the European Union while others aspire to join the club?

James O’Brien will discuss the current US policy position(s) in time of transition; Dimitar Bechev will examine the perceptions and the impact of the US elections in Southeast Europe; Marko Savković will explore the local context: the importance of US for Serbia.

Target Groups

Vienna-based journalists, as well as journalists from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. International journalists are welcome.

Number of participants: Maximum 50


Short presentations and interactive discussion.

Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager,, or call 0676 365 26 93.

European Contexts

Upon requests by Austrian and Central European media representatives to create an informal regional platform/network of journalists who could cooperate on common projects or simply consult each other on the latest developments in their respective countries, four organisations decided to support this initiative, aimed at strengthening quality journalism. The initiative consists of interactive seminars that address themes of common interest and creates an environment for journalists to meet, discuss and cooperate.

30.11.202016:00 - 18:00
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich!
Marko Savković, James O’Brien, Dimitar Bechev
Online (Zoom)