Russia’s and China’s Presence in the Western Balkans: Perceptions vs Realities

Focus on Serbia and Kosovo
Panels and Discussions

A detailed event description can be found on the website of Presseclub Concordia.

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Registration deadline: Saturday, 18 November 2023, 18:00 CET

Speakers’ biographies


9:00-9:15 Welcome Greetings and Introduction
Daniela Kraus
, General Secretary, Presseclub Concordia
Ivan Vejvoda, Head of the Europe's Futures program at the IWM 

Russia and China in the Western Balkans: an Overview
Dimitar Bechev, Bulgarian political scientist, author of the book Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe. Lecturer at Oxford University. Europe’s Futures alumnus.

Coffee break

Panel Conversation followed by Q&A

Russia and China: Public Perceptions
Srdjan Bogosavljević, public opinion expert, founder of Ipsos Strategic Marketing.
Russia and China: Media Influence and Presence
Saša Mirković,
journalist, media manager, former State Secretary, university lecturer.
Russia and China: Economic Presence
Milica Uvalić,
economist, specialised in the Western Balkans, Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence
Russia and China: Political Presence and Security Considerations
Valbona Zeneli,
security expert, Atlantic Council. Europe`s Futures Alumna.

Concluding Remarks

Concept and Moderation: Mirjana Tomić fjum/Presseclub Concordia and Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures (IWM)


European Contexts partners: ERSTE Foundation, Presseclub Concordia, Europe’s Futures (IWM) and Fjum

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