The covid-19 crisis has accentuated Western Balkans countries’ pre-existing vulnerabilities – but has not brought about a new political era in the region
Areas of expertise
Nationalist mobilisation; ethnic conflict studies; framing of independence movements; bilateral conflicts in the Western Balkans; EU enlargement and the role of human rights in the EU's enlargement policy; minority rights litigation in Central Eastern Europe
Hungarian, English, German, conversational Serbian
Beáta Huszka is a visiting fellow at ECFR focusing on policy issues in Southeast Europe. She is MSCF fellow at ELIAMEP (Athens, Greece). She completed her Ph.D. at the Central European University in 2010. From 2013 to 2017, she led a work package of the EU’s FP7 project FRAME researching the role of human rights in the EU’s external relations. She is the author of the book Secessionist Movements and Ethnic Conflict (Routledge, 2014). Her current research projects focus on bilateral conflicts in the Western Balkans, EU enlargement and minority rights litigation in Central Eastern Europe.
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