UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


CANCELLED Montenegro: Change on the Horizon?

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 23 May 2019

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED SSEES is delighted to host Ranko Krivokapić, former President of the Parliament of Montenegro and the current President of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Montenegro, in discussion with leading Montenegro expert, Prof. Kenneth Morrison.

This event is free.

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Gordon House


One of Yugoslavia’s successor states, Montenegro has been ruled by Milo Đukanović for over 30 years, making him the longest continuous ruling President-Prime Minister in Europe. Former President of Montengrin Parliament, Ranko Krivokapić, is one among  several of his closest associates who in recent years abandoned him. Is change on the horizon?

Ranko Krivokapić will talk about on-going protests, the alleged (Russian) coup and Montenegro’s accession to NATO and prospects of joining EU in the future. As someone involved in regional affairs we will also question Krivokapić on recent breakthrough in Northern Macedonia, protests in Albania and unresolved crisis of Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, all potentially erupting in violent clashes in near future while barely getting any coverage due to Brexit and other problems in EU big nations.

Moderator: Prof. Kenneth Morrison - Professor of Modern Southeast European History / Co-Director of the Jean Monnet Centre for European Governance at the De Montfort University and author of Nationalism, Statehood and Identity in Post-Yugoslav Montenegro (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Montenegro: A Modern History (IB Tauris, 2009).

PLEASE NOTE: This event has had to be resceduled and will take place on the 23rd May, not 1st May as originally advertised. Apologies for any inconvenience.

About the Speaker

Ranko Krivokapić

President at Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Montenegro

Ranko Krivokapić is the former President of the Parliament of Montenegro and the current President of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Montenegro. A graduate of the University of Niš Law School, Krivokapić also has a Masters of Law qualification from the University of Belgrade, in Serbia. Krivokapić’s political career began when he was elected as a representative of the Montenegrin Parliament in 1989. Krivokapić has held several different roles in the Parliament of Montenegro, including serving as a Montenegrin representative to the Parliament of Yugoslavia from 1993 to 1997, and subsequently serving as the speaker of the Montenegrin parliament within the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, Krivokapić was elected as President of the Parliament of Montenegro, and held this position for 10 years. As a centre-left politician, Krivokapić has openly expressed his pro-European ideals and vision of Montenegro being a member country of the European Union. Krivokapić is fluent in English, and is a popular figure in Montengrin and Balkan politics.