European Strategic Autonomy - What Now in the Western Balkans

A Europe's Futures Event
Panels and Discussions

This event is organized in cooperation with the Centre Franco-Autrichien pour le Rapprochement en Europe (ÖFZ/CFA), the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the institut francais des relations internationales (ifri).

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a watershed moment for the European Union’s geopolitical ambitions. It also brings the Western Balkans back on the strategic map.
In this region in Europe, uncompleted reform processes, persisting socio-economic fragilities, ethnonational and bilateral issues and stalled EU accession perspectives have lastingly fuelled key vulnerabilities, which external actors, like Russia, have been keen on exploiting.
What is the impact, actual and potential, of the Russian war in Ukraine on the Western Balkans? How to align the enlargement policy with the EU’s crucial quest for strategic autonomy? What are Member states’ national perspectives on these important questions?

The Panelists were:

Ioannis Armakolas, Senior Research Fellow & Head of South-East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens and Europe's Futures Alumnus
Tomasz Żornaczuk, Head of Central Europe Department and Senior Research Fellow Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw
Clotilde Warin, Chargée affaires européennes at the Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS), Paris
Tanja Tamminen, Adjunct Professor at the Turku University and Chair of the Board of Safer Globe, Helsinki

The evening was moderated by Florent Marciacq, Deputy Secretary General of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe and Co-directeur de l’Observatoire des Balkans / FJJ, Paris.

Ivan Vejvoda, Acting Rector and Head of the Europe’s Futures program at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, introduced the event.


This event will operate under Chatham House rules and as such will not be broadcast or recorded.


Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Action is IWM’s strategic partnership initiative with the ERSTE Foundation aiming to understand and address challenges posed to Europe and the European Union by the eroding of democracy, rule of law deficiencies, migratory pressures or climate change.