8 June 2017
Rome Lecture at Nato Defense College on the Western Balkans and meetings on EU asylum and border policy
Rome. Photo: flickr/Luc Mercelis
Rome. Photo: flickr/Luc Mercelis

ESI's Gerald Knaus delivered a lecture at the NATO Defense College in Rome on the Western Balkans to an audience of 54 military officers and government officials from 19 NATO countries.

He provided an overview of the political, social, and economic issues and dynamics in the Western Balkans and talked about lessons from past interventions in the Balkans and associated risks.

While in Rome, Gerald had several meetings with senior government officials and NGO representatives to discuss EU asylum and border policy and what role Italy could play in pushing for a way forward.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com