Balkans

Zeynab Serekaniye’s grave

Turkey Capitalizes on Afghanistan Distraction to Attack Kurdish Forces in Syria

Turkish airstrikes in Syria have escalated over the last month as the world concentrates on a different crisis.

Afghan migrants wait for transport.

Turkey’s Refugee Problem Is Reaching a Breaking Point

Turkey’s population is exhausted, and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will only make anti-refugee sentiment more central to the country’s politics.

The aftermath of a fire in Antalya, Turkey

Erdogan’s AKP: We Didn’t Start the Fire

Why Turkey’s ruling party views environmentalism as a threat.

Montenegro's President Milo Djukanovic, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama and North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev pose for a photograph prior to a regional summit in Tirana on Dec. 21, 2019.

The Balkans Don’t Believe the EU Anymore

The European Union’s next candidates for accession have realized the process is leading nowhere—and are acting accordingly.

A man stands in a doorway

Taliban Takeover Seen as a Boon for Human Smugglers

Along one part of the Turkish border, hundreds of new Afghan migrants show up every day.

A construction site for a Turkish prison complex

‘We Fell Off the Face of the Earth’

Opposition politicians are disappearing into Turkey’s massive new prison system.

Albanian prime minister flashes victory sign.

Edi Rama Is Building Bridges to Europe—or Nowhere

As an artist, he dreamed of the West. As Albanian prime minister, the West is letting him down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul.

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

A pedestrian walks over a bridge in Belgrade as heavy fog and air pollution dominate the sky over the Serbian capital Belgrade on Jan. 16, 2020.

How Serbia Became China’s Dirty-Energy Dumping Ground

Belgrade is vital to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. But as China takes over old industrial sites, Serbian citizens are suffering the environmental consequences.

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits the final verdict on the appeal against his genocide conviction over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at a tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on June 8.

In Bosnia, Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

The terrible truth is decades after the Bosnian War, the world has become too accustomed to war crimes.

A poster of Mustafa Hayrullahoglu, late member of the Socialist Workers Party of Turkey, in the Bakirkoy district of Istanbul as part of a May Day rally on May 1, 2017.

Turkey’s Left-Wing ‘Squad’ Is Coming for Erdogan

A new party is betting that unabashed leftist politics is the only way to defeat the president.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

People protest outside of the Turkish consulate on the anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Beverly Hills, California, on April 24.

Turkey Will Never Recognize the Armenian Genocide

It’s time for Yerevan to shift gears and work toward rapprochement with Ankara.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak.

Biden to Prod Putin on Syria Relief

Russia’s blockage of aid deliveries threatens to make Syria’s humanitarian disaster the worst it’s been since the war began.

Ruins in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica are seen on March 15, 2019.

Bosnia Is Heading Toward Another Meltdown

EU and U.S. neglect is allowing Russia to fan ethnic flames.

Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Emirati Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash hold a press conference after meeting in the western Cypriot city of Paphos, on April 16.

Greece Is Making a Comeback in the Eastern Mediterranean

Sensing the tide turning against Turkey, Athens is reviving itself as a diplomatic force.

Sahak Tavukcu mops the floor of the Surp Hresdagabet Church in Istanbul.

For Turkey’s Armenians, Biden’s Genocide Declaration Makes Little Difference

A century after the mass killings, Armenians in Turkey are still outcasts.

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