Southeast Europe: Strengthening Democracy and Countering Malign Foreign Influence Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation of the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, June 14, 2017   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 14, 2017 hearing, "Southeast Europe: Strengthening Democracy and Countering Malign Foreign Influence," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the witness testimony of Damon Wilson: "Over the past decade as Washington turned its attention elsewhere, and European Union (EU) strategy gave way to a bureaucratic process increasingly detached from political vision, the consensus in the region about its future has frayed. To those in the region, EU membership is a distant prospect, if viable and desirable at all. The short-term costs of reforms at home, including risking the forfeiture of patronage networks, outweigh the ambiguity of long-term benefits. Stagnation is giving way to backsliding. This dynamic is exacerbated by the uncertainties at the heart of Europe and the transatlantic relationship itself. When there is trouble in our core transatlantic community, its periphery is vulnerable to centrifugal forces." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Damon Wilson, Majda Ruge, Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic, and Hoyt Brain Yee.

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