Montenegro: will the presidential elections resolve the political crisis?

The New Geopolitics Research Network brings to your attention an interview with Ljubomir Filipović, political analyst (Montenegro).

On March 19, presidential elections will be held in Montenegro, the results of which may be of fateful importance for the country.

The Democratic Party of Socialists, which had been in power for three decades under President Milo Djukanovic, became the opposition after a change of power in Montenegro in August 2020. The changes that have taken place since then have not contributed to the stable development of the country. Montenegro found itself in a deep political and economic crisis, many key state institutions are paralyzed due to disagreements both between the new authorities and the opposition, and within the ruling coalition. However, the crucial point is that Montenegro’s progress towards joining the European Union has halted, despite 75% of its citizens being in favor of membership. Will the presidential election bring a solution to the political crisis?

I talked about it with Ljubomir Filipović, political analyst from Montenegro.

  • Is there any space for unexpected result regarding the first tour of the elections?
  • What is your assessment of possible changes in the field of foreign policy of Montenegro after the presidential elections?
  • Should we anticipate snap parliamentary elections as a solution to the political crisis?
  • To what extent does Russia shape the political agenda in Montenegro, particularly on the eve of the presidential elections?

Volodymyr Solovian

Projects Coordinator

Volodymyr is responsible for managing of the projects, events and proactive development of the New Geopolitics Research Network.

He is PhD in Philosophy and previously worked as Coordinator of the foreign policy projects at the Center for Army Conversion and Disarmament Studies.

Volodymyr has completed Master’s degree in Political Science at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 2016. He did an internship at the parliamentary Сommittee on the National Security and Defense in 2019.

Volodymyr is the author of researches and articles on information security, national resilience and security sector reforms in Ukraine. His experience covers a broad range of security policy issues in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region. Volodymyr was invited participant and speaker in numerous workshops and round tables devoted to relevant topics.

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