22 OCTOBER 2017 #Publication

A case for global democracy? Arms exports and conflicting goals in democracy promotion

ELWar team member Michal Mochtak’s paper in Journal of International Relations and Development, coauthored with Pavel Dufek, explores the lingering hypocrisy of Western arms exporters and the general conflict in the multidimensional priorities of democracy promotion. The paper endorses the underlying rationale that democracy promotion needs to embrace normative democratic theory sincerely allowing the regulation of arms exports being more effective.

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19 OCTOBER 2017 #InTheNews

Research into impact of war on electoral behaviour receives European grant

A University of Luxembourg research project into the impact of war on political behaviour in Balkan states has been awarded a grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

The project – Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe, known as ELWar – focuses on the evolution of political competition and electoral behaviour over three decades in six postwar states: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The research, carried out by Luxembourg University’s Professor Josip Glaurdić, looks into how electoral decisions are influenced by armed conflict and how it encourages or impedes the process, both deliberately and unconsciously.

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18 OCTOBER 2017 #Video

How does war shape postwar politics? Watch our project's launch in video.

In this introductory video, ELWar Principal Investigator Josip Glaurdić details the three levels of analysis – postwar voters, postwar parties, and postwar communities – that shape the project and why University of Luxembourg is the right place for this five-year enterprise to grow.

22 FEBRUARY 2017 #Publication

Struggling for the Future, Burdened by the Past: Croatia’s Relations with the United Kingdom from Independence to Brexit

Apart from relations with its neighbours, Croatia’s relations with the United Kingdom (UK) were
undoubtedly its greatest international challenge since it won its independence in the early 1990s. Relations between the two countries during this period were frequently strained partly due to Zagreb’s democratic shortcomings, but partly also due to competing visions of post-Cold War Southeast Europe and due to long-lasting biases rooted in Croatia’s and Britain’s conflicting policies during Yugoslavia’s breakup and wars. Croatia’s accession to the EU in 2013 offered an opportunity for the two countries to leave the burdens of their past behind, since Zagreb and London had similar preferences on a number of crucial EU policy fronts. However, Brexit changed everything. Croatia’s future relations with the UK are likely to be determined by the nature of Brexit negotiations and the evolution of British policy toward the pace and direction of EU integration.

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