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Brexit: What consequences for the Western Balkans?


Tueday, 12 July 2016

Time 18:30 - 19:45

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London WC2A 2AE 


Dr James Ker-Lindsay, LSE European Institute

Dr Denisa Kostovicova, LSE Government

Dr Peter Sanfey, EBRD

Chair Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSE European Institute


The event will operate on a first come, first served basis. 
Twitter hastag: #LSEBrexitBalkans

The UK public voted in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum held on Thursday, 23 June 2016. While the immediate consequences of that vote are still unfolding in the UK, it is likely that the decision will also have a profound impact on the countries of the Western Balkans aspiring to EU membership. Our expert panel discussed these implications. 

The panelists addressed the following topics:

  • Impact on UK Foreign Policy: Influence in the Balkans after Brexit - Dr James Ker-Lindsay, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe, LSE European Institute

  • Impact on Peace and Stability: The normative power of Europe in the Balkans - Dr Denisa Kostovicova,  LSE Government 

  • Impact on the Economy: Bilateral relations and wider destabilisation of the Eurozone - Dr Peter Sanfey, Department of Economics, Policy and Governance, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


Speakers' biographies:

Dr James Ker-Lindsay is Senior Visiting Fellow (previously Eurobank Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of SEE) at LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe, LSE European Institute. His research focuses on the Western Balkans, Cyprus, EU enlargement and secession and recognition in international politics. He is the author and editor of a dozen books and is currently completing an introductory guide to secession for Oxford University Press. 

Dr Denisa Kostovicova is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Department of Government and Senior Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her primary research interest is post-conflict reconstruction, with a focus on transitional justice, democratisation and civil society in the Western Balkans. 

Dr Peter Sanfey is Deputy Director for Country Economics and Policy within the Department of Economics, Policy and Governance at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. He is responsible for the analysis of economic developments and reforms in South-Eastern Europe, and he engages in research and publications on a range of topics covering the whole transition region. He is an editor and author of the annual EBRD Transition Report and the bi-annual Regional Economic Prospects. He holds a PhD from Yale University.

Media coverage

Read the article on Balkan Insight: "Brexit will curtail UK's engagement in the Balkans, say experts: An expert panel at London’s LSE said Britain’s exit from the EU will also lead to its de-facto exit from the Balkans."




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