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Ivan Vejvoda Europe’s Futures

Europe (both as idea and as geography) finds itself confronted with challenges of a magnitude it has not experienced since the crises of the 1930s. In a time of deep uncertainty about the future, societies and individuals are confronted with the complexity of political, economic and social dynamics and thus are losing, or perceiving that they are losing, a sense of stability. Public discontent is palpable.

Trust in institutions is faltering, social capital is eroding, economic growth is in question, demographic decline in some countries, nationalism is growing and the fear of the “other” in whichever guise (migrant, foreigner) is seen as endangering one’s sense of community and identity.

Europe has lived through dark and difficult times, no matter how protracted these times were, it emerged from them to consolidate and prosper. Europe’s futures lie in the hands of its citizens.

Ivan Vejvoda leads a program Europe’s Futures set out to research some of the key risks and problems Europe and its liberal democratic order are facing. A step further, findings will shape practical responses and solutions to be advocated for in unison with a pan-European network of partners.


Ivan Vejvoda is a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna. Before joining IWM in 2017, he was Senior Vice President for Programs at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States. From 2003 until 2010, he served as Executive Director of GMF’s Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions in South-Eastern Europe. Vejvoda came to GMF in 2003 after distinguished service in the Serbian government as a senior advisor on foreign policy and European integration to Prime Ministers Zoran Djindjic and Zoran Zivkovic. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Belgrade-based Fund for an Open Society from 1998 to 2002. Vejvoda was one of key figures in the democratic opposition movement in Yugoslavia during the 1990s, and has published widely on the subjects of democratic transition, totalitarianism, and post-war reconstruction in the Balkans. Since 2005 he is a member of ERSTE Foundation’s Advisory Board. Furthermore, he is a member of the Serbian PEN Club and is a board member of U.S. social science journals Constellations and Philosophy and Social Criticism. Vejvoda has been awarded the French National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer and the Order of the Italian Star of Solidarity, second rank (Commendatore).

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