UNYT was honored to host Dr. Emir Hadzikadunic, a distinguished visiting scholar from the University of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, as our esteemed speaker. Dr. Hadzikadunic captivated the audience with his insightful talk on “New American ‘Software’ for the Balkan Region?
The US Administration has recently been associated with groundbreaking “software” for the Balkan region. Local, regional, and international pundits express concerns that this new realist foreign policy favors three potent states—Serbia, Croatia, and Albania—potentially overshadowing the interests of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, and Kosovo.
Moreover, there is a prevailing assumption that a new regional construct with three related spheres of influence will effectively address systemic errors, manage inter-state and intra-state tensions, and pave the way for lasting peace.
Responses to these narratives and propositions have been met with liberal notions and frameworks. However, we are here to challenge the emerging new American realism (assuming it does exist) with compelling realist arguments. In light of Dr. Emir Hadzikadunic’s captivating talk, UNYT remains committed to fostering critical discussions and exploring diverse perspectives, aiming to contribute to a nuanced understanding of the potential implications and challenges surrounding the emerging new American realism in the Balkan region.