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Russia in the Balkans – proxies for ‘winning hearts and minds’

Strategic goals and mechanisms in the Western Balkans

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26 March 2024

14:00 - 15:00 CET


Sala Belvedere

Villa Schifanoia

Join Věra Stojarová, who in conversation with Jelena Dzankic, explores the influence of Russia in the Western Balkans, examining the role of proxy actors and the narratives shaping the region's political and social landscape

Russia has long been present in the Western Balkans, raising numerous questions about the country’s strategic goals in the region, and the mechanisms it deploys to achieve them. The lecture focuses on the proxy actors of the Russian Federation, and the channels and narratives they use to transmit Russian messages to the Balkan states. It seeks to unpack their effects at the levels of both state and society, and shares insights in research on foreign policy changes and responses by the local population and elites.  

This event is a part of the Knowledge Exchange Initiative ‘Conversations on the State of Research in the Wider Europe and the Western Balkans’. 


Valentina Gorgoni


Věra Stojarová

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