Yugoslavia, 30 years on

23  June 2021    4:00 pm CEST

Panel discussion on the break-up of Yugoslavia


Online zoom event. Please register using the registration link below.


It is now 30 years since the start of the dissolution of Yugoslavia. The traumatic break-up and difficult legacy have spawned a huge amount of scholarly work in political science, international relations, and economics. Meanwhile, as the latest discussion around territorial changes reminds us, many of the most contentious issues of the 1990s are still very much alive. In this webinar, political and economic experts from the region will discuss why Yugoslavia broke apart so dramatically and the developments since. Panellists will exchange views on why both the region’s EU integration and economic catch-up processes have been so disappointing in the past 30 years, and how policy might now change at the local and EU levels to achieve stability and economic prosperity for the countries of the former Yugoslavia. 

The panel

Vesna Pusić, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia

Mojmir Mrak, Full Time Professor and Jean Monnet Chair holder at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana

Vladimir Gligorov, wiiw Senior Research Associate and former Country Expert for the Western Balkans

Veton Surroi, Founder and former Leader of the political party ORA and of the Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore

Branimir Jovanovic (Chair), wiiw Economist and Balkan Expert


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Panelists' backgrounds

Vesna Pusić is a Croatian sociologist and politician who served as First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs in the centre-left cabinet of Zoran Milanović (2011-2016). She was chairing Croatia’s National Committee for Monitoring EU Accession Negotiations. Today, she is Professor of Sociology and Political Theory at the University of Zagreb Associate and member of the InterAction Council. Ms. Pusić is the author of five books and numerous scientific and professional articles.

Mojmir Mrak is Full Time Professor and Jean Monnet Chair holder at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing the Slovenian Government’s policy in areas of international finance and EU accession. Between 1997 and 2004, he acted as the Chief Advisor of the Slovenian Government on financial aspects of the country’s EU accession process. His main research fields include international capital flows, national and EU public finances, and EU accession. Mojmir Mrak is author, co-author and editor of numerous books published by international publishers and respective international journals.

Vladimir Gligorov is wiiw Senior Research Associate and former country expert for the Western Balkans. He was co-founder of the Democratic Party of Serbia in 1989 and supporter of many democratic movements in former Yugoslavia at that time. He was also associated with the Columbia University, Belgrade University, the Institute of Economic Sciences in Belgrade, the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University and Uppsala University, Sweden. Vladimir Gligorov has been a regular contributor to Oxford Analytica, the Wall Street Journal and writes for several newspapers and weeklies in Southeast Europe.

Veton Surroi  is founder and former leader of the political party ORA and of the Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore. In 1989, he established the first opposition group in Kosovo, the Kosovar branch of the “Yugoslav Democratic Initiative” (UJDI). Veton Surroi was also member of the Kosovar parliament (2004-2008) and participated in the Vienna negotiations on the independence of Kosovo. He received many awards for his work as a journalist and politician, among other the prize of the International Federation of Journalists, the Dutch peace award – the Geuzen Prize and the SEEMO Human Rights Award.

Branimir Jovanovic (Chair) is wiiw Economist and Country expert for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. His current research focuses on  economic inequality, poverty, fiscal policy, taxation, social policies, labour rights, as well as financial crises and post-crises recoveries. Previously, he has done research on monetary policy, credit activity, exchange rates, trade, FDI, remittances, current account sustainability, forecasting, house prices. He has been adviser to the Minister of Finance of North Macedonia between 2017 and 2019 and researcher at the Central Bank of North Macedonia between 2007 and 2015. He has a PhD from University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.