Balkans

A woman walks in front of electoral posters of the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia party in Skopje, North Macedonia, on July 14, 2020.

Flawed Cybersecurity Is a Ticking Time Bomb for the Balkans

Cyberattacks in North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey reveal that government defenses are weak—and many NATO members are at risk.

Youth from the Sidama ethnic group, the largest in southern Ethiopia, ride in the back of a truck during celebrations over plans by local elders to declare the establishment of a breakaway region for the Sidama later this week, in Awasa, Ethiopia on July 15, 2019.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop the Ethiopian Civil War From Becoming a Broader Ethnic Conflict

Western and regional powers are more divided than they were during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, but they can still exert influence to prevent the fragmentation of Ethiopia’s federal system.

Shkumbin Gashi hangs a poster reading 'Congratulations Mr. President' at his bar in Rahovec, Kosovo on Nov. 6.

Biden in the Balkans

Fixing Trump’s mistakes in the region will be easy. Avoiding Obama’s will be much harder.

A man works on a wooden statue made to resemble US President Donald Trump in the village of Sela pri Kamniku, about 20 miles northeast of Ljubljana in Slovenia, the home country of Trump's wife on August 28, 2019.

How Trump Lost the Balkans

The administration’s see-no-evil diplomacy has produced a dangerous unraveling across the region.

A picture taken on Jan. 25, 2017 shows a mural, vandalized with paint, depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump and bearing the Cyrillic letters reading "Kosovo is Serbia," in Belgrade.

Trump Has a Fix for Kosovo. He’s Ignoring It.

The White House is hosting another summit on the Balkans—while failing to apply its most promising model for solving the conflict.

U.S. envoy Richard Grenell

Anatomy of a Kosovo Summit Catastrophe

The Trump administration is hosting Balkans leaders this week to culminate a peace process that’s gone wrong from the start.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during exercises of a NATO tank unit in Münster, Germany, on May 20, 2019.

NATO Has a New Weak Link for Russia to Exploit

North Macedonia just became NATO’s newest and weakest member. That makes it a ripe target for interference.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting.

China Has Its Eyes on Serbia

Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Meanwhile, America’s Kosovo Strategy Is Melting Down

As the coronavirus pandemic raises tensions, the Trump administration’s strategy of bowing to Serbia’s authoritarian president is coming completely undone.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic

Vucic: Most Serbs Prefer a ‘Frozen Conflict’ with Kosovo

But the Serbian president says “we need more talks” with the former province, which insists that Belgrade recognize its independence.

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Our Top 5 Debunkers of 2019

Russian expansionism is overhyped and Huawei isn’t the untouchable behemoth we think it is. Here are our top Debunkers of 2019.

The Austrian writer Peter Handke poses in Chaville, in the suburbs of Paris, on Oct. 10, after he was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature.

Why Trolling Can Win You a Nobel Prize for Literature

Peter Handke’s greatest aesthetic strength is his biggest intellectual weakness: the absence of all political and psychological depth.

Bosnian women flee Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Oct. 31, 1992.

For Bosnian Women, No Justice—and No Seats

In the Balkan wars, women were targets. In postwar governments, they’ve been pushed out of sight.

A man holds a picture with Macedonian national hero Goce Delcev in front of the parliament building in Skopje on June 23, 2018 during a protest against the new name of the country, the Republic of North Macedonia.

Refighting the Balkan Wars Won’t Lead to a Seat at the Table in Brussels

Historical feuds still threaten to stop Eastern European countries from joining the EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Kosovar President Hashim Thaci during a summit on the Balkans in Sofia, Bulgaria, on May 17, 2018.

U.S. Plans to Jump Back Into the Balkans With New Envoy

Two decades after brokering peace in the former Yugoslavia, Washington plans to try to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.

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