30 September 2009
ESI in London: visa liberalisation as an example of EU soft power
The London Eye. Photo: flickr/Tristan Legros
The London Eye. Photo: flickr/Tristan Legros

Alexandra Stiglmayer presented ESI's visa project at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London at a conference on the 'Economics of conflict resolution'. Alexandra spoke in the session on the 'Politics and economics of Bosnia's post-war transition'.

She argued that the visa liberalisation process was an excellent example of EU soft power and EU conditionality at work, which have been effective even in a politically divided country such as Bosnia. However, she said, this also showed that Bosnia was not dysfunctional per se, but that the political parties are able to make compromises and find solutions to complex issues such as cooperation of 14 police agencies at different levels in Bosnia.

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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