JOINT Briefs

The EU’s Geopolitical Enlargement – Ukraine’s Accession Will Make the EU a Stronger Security Actor

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine prompted the European Union to grant candidate country status to Ukraine. This major shift in the EU’s approach was broadly seen by member states as a geopolitical imperative. Indeed, this time the geopolitical significance of enlargement is stronger than ever. A successful enlargement will be an essential part of Western […]


Policy Event/ CIDOB Breakfast with Radmila Shekerinska, former Minister of Defence of North Macedonia

On October 27, 2023, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) and IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals), in the framework of the JOINT research project, held an event on EU enlargement with Radmila Shekerinska, former Minister of Defence of North Macedonia. During her three mandates, North Macedonia has become the 30th member of NATO and candidate […]

JOINT Papers

Time to Re-engage with Kosovo and Serbia: Strengthening EU Foreign and Security Policy amidst Internal Contestation

With the 15th year anniversary of Kosovo’s independence approaching in 2023, the status quo of the Kosovo-Serbia conflict looks increasingly untenable. For more than two decades, the European Union and its member states have heavily invested in bringing this conflict to a close through initiatives, such as the facilitated dialogue and the EULEX rule of […]


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