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    • Presentations of guest researchers held at the Centre

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    • Date: 23 May 2011

      Guest researchers in the Centre, Natasha Wunsch, Program Officer at the Alfred von Oppenheim Centre for European Policy Studies of the German Council for Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesselschaft für Auswärtige Politik, DGAPand Ryo Ragland, student of post graduate studies of public policy at the Sciences Po University Paris, held their lectures on 23rd of May on her research in Serbia and his experience abroad. Researchers, as well as the interns of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy have attended the lecture.

      Natasha Wunsch focused her lecture on the concept of Europeanization, which includes transformation of domestic policy through pressure and rules set by the EU. Firstly, she explained the concept of Europeanization from the aspect of two of the most common models, the “rationalist model” and the “model of social institutionalism.” The first explains the behaviour of policy makers (policy actors) by logic of “consequences” and the other one by logic of “appropriateness.” During the research, Natasha has found that rationalist mechanisms of influence on domestic policy makers prevail. Her findings on the concept of Europeanization in Serbia and Montenegro, she presented from the perspectives of five civil society organizations from Serbia and Montenegro, which deal with the corruption problem.

      In the lecture entitled “Are we making progress?” Ryo Ragland devoted to the transfer of his experience from Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as one of several foreign civilians in the provinces of Helmand and Kandahar helping the domestic population reorient to other types of agriculture and cultivation of other crops. He presented the results and outlooks for successful completion of this program, and also presented the current political and social situations in these countries.

      Report by Vanja Dolapcev, BCSP Intern

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