Political Trends and Dynamics: The Russian invasion of Ukraine: what consequences for Southeast Europe?

Europe is regrettably witnessing a return of war. Russia’s assault on Ukraine, a sovereign European nation, is likely to become the largest European conflict in decades, which has brought back horrors from the past, already taken a catastrophic human toll, and generated a great migration crisis on the continent. The global response has been overwhelming.

Consequences of the war in Ukraine are felt well beyond its borders, and the circumstances have already caused unprecedented shifts in foreign policy across the continent. This issue of Political Trends and Dynamics in Southeast Europe focuses on the immediate implications of the war in Ukraine on the region's security.

We first explore how regional ties to Russia and Russian influence affect political stability in Southeast Europe. Our contributors also look at the future of regional security in the context of Europe’s geopolitical shift and whether a new sense of urgency could be beneficial for regional stability in the long run. Finally, this issue explores the effect of the war on the Euro-Atlantic paths of Western Balkan countries and whether the EU and the US will change their approach in the region.

A stellar line up of authors from Ukraine, Croatia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania bring thought-provoking analyses on these issues and clear recommendations to foster security and political stability in Southeast Europe. Political Trends and Dynamics “The Russian invasion of Ukraine: what consequences for Southeast Europe?“ is now available online: DOWNLOAD HERE

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