Russia-Ukraine Dialogues: a view from the Balkans

In this panel of the LSE IDEAS’ Russia-Ukraine Dialogues partnered with the LSE IDEAS Central and South-East Europe Programme to discuss the impact of the ongoing conflict on Balkan states.



 The webinar was held on 19 April 2022.

Meet the speakers and chair

Kreshnik Ahmeti was appointed Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo on April 8 2021. When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora was headed by former Minister Glauk Konjufca in 2020, Ahmeti worked as the chief of cabinet of the minister. Ahmeti started his political activity in 2010 in the Movement for Self-Determination, where he initially served as Coordinator of the Political Activities Secretariat. From 2014 to 2016 he served as a municipal councilor in the Municipality of Prishtina. 

Sabina Ćudić is a member of House of Representatives of the Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Milena Lazarevic is one of the founders and Programme Director at the European Policy Centre (CEP), an independent, non-governmental, think tank based in Belgrade, Serbia, one of the top ten ranked think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe, according to the Global Go To Think Tank Index. A proven expert in the field of public administration reform, in 2014-2015 Milena acted as the Special Adviser to the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister. Before co-founding CEP in 2011, she worked for six years as a civil servant in the Serbian administration.

Leon Hartwell is the Sotirov Fellow at LSE IDEAS and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C. His research interests include conflict resolution, genocide, transitional justice, diplomacy, democracy, and the Western Balkans. Previously, Hartwell was CEPA’s Acting Director of the Transatlantic Leadership Program and a Title VIII Fellow.  From 2012 to 2013, he was also the Senior Policy Advisor for Political and Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe, where his work included government and civil society engagement, political reporting, peace building projects, and supporting human rights defenders. In 2019, Hartwell completed a joint doctoral degree summa cum laude at Leipzig University (Germany) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His thesis analyzed the use of mediation in the resolution of armed conflicts.