After the end of the wars in former Yugoslavia, the European Union and the United States committed to stabilizing the Balkans and providing a pathway for accession to key institutions like the EU and NATO. Yet this process has stalled in recent years, with the Balkans also experiencing greater interference from outside powers including Russia and China. The future enlargement of NATO and the commitment of the US and the EU to the Balkans appear more uncertain than they did 20 years ago. H.E. Tone Kajzer, Slovenia’s ambassador to the United States and H.E. Bojan Vujić, Bosnia's and Herzegovina’s ambassador to the United States, will discuss these subjects and more during a virtual conversation. SIS professor Mirjana Morosini will moderate the discussion, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
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H.E. Tone Kajzer is the ambassador of Slovenia to the United States. He embarked on his diplomatic career by joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the beginning of 1995. In 2008, he was appointed ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Republic of Finland and to the Republic of Estonia. Following his return from Finland in 2012, he was appointed State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, engaging mostly with foreign policy and foreign economic issues. From 2013 to 2018, he served as ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Kingdom of Denmark. In 2020, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the state secretary at the Ministry.
H.E. Bojan Vujic is the ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States. Prior to his diplomatic career, he had a successful career as a professional tennis player, competing in the Davis Cup for both the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He became ambassador to the United States in September 2019.
Mirjana Morosini (moderator) is a professor at SIS and an historian of modern Europe, with particular emphases on Germany and broader Central Europe, the Balkans, Italy, and modern European imperial overseas possessions. Her work focuses on comparative and transnational history of ethnic politics, ethnic conflict and genocide, nationalism, borderland identities, and the history of science and technology.
This event is co-sponsored by the Transatlantic Policy Center.