24 October 2011, American Research Center, Sofia
On 24 October 2011, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria and the American Research Center organized the 2011 Eugene Schuyler Lecture by the former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria H.E. James Pardew, entitled “The Breakup of Yugoslavia”
Ambassador Pardew divided his lecture into several important topics and discussed all the significant regional events in the last 20 years. He began his speech with the negotiations preceding the Dayton Accords, then went on to consider the topics of Kosovo and Russia’s role on the Balkans. Ambassador Pardew finished his lecture by concentrating on some of the more recent developments. In his opinion, the main threats to Southeast Europe remained economic. “Europe, as well as the U.S., is trying to improve its economic condition. Therefore, the gravest risks for long-term stability are related to economic challenges. Of course, the threat from extremist groups and terrorism still remains, so I would say that these are the two main perils to security at the moment”, said the Ambassador.
The lecture took place at the American Research Center, in Sofia.