Guest Lecture


Aleksanteri Institute cordially invites you to a lecture and discussion on

The EU and NATO Enlargement:
South-Eastern Europe Dimension – A Burden or an Added Value?

given by

H.E. Dr. Damir Kušen, Ambassador of Croatia to Finland


Time: Friday 24 April 2009 at 15:00-16:00 coffee will be served half an hour before the event

Place: Aleksanteri Institute, Meeting Room (Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor)

Please note the new venue: Runeberg Hall, University of Helsinki Main Building old side (Unioninkatu 34)

Due to limited number of seats please RSVP by Thursday 16th April, 2009. The registration for this event has ended.


Lecture outline

How the further process of the EU and NATO enlargement is perceived by the candidate countries from the South-Eastern Europe and how much it means for their reform process and for the future prosperity and stability of the region. Whether the further enlargement would be a burden or an added value? Could the enlargement fatigue, recession and economic crisis, as well as the Treaty problem derail or significantly slowdown the further enlargement process?

Biographical note

Dr Damir Kušen, the Croatian Ambassador in Finland since February 2007, holds a BA in Psychology from Zagreb University, an MA in international relations from Westminster University, London, and a PhD in international relations from King’s College, University of London. He joined the Croatian Foreign Ministry in 1992, and had served in London and Washington. From 2004 to 2006 he was a DG for EU, preparing the process of the Croatian Accession Negotiations, and he was also responsible for bilateral relations with the European countries, USA and Canada. From 2004-2007, he chaired the Board of the Croatian Institute for International Relations in Zagreb.

Contact person

Jouni Järvinen, + 358 9 191 23 613
The Head of Education, ECEBB


Invitation (PDF)