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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by NATO Secretary General during the NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by NATO Secretary General during the NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021.

What Turkey Wants

Erdogan could force Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO bids to the wire—and perhaps beyond.

Protester holds scarf reading "Macedonia" during the demonstration organized by opposition party VMRO-DPMNE in front of the Macedonian Government building in capital Skopje on Nov. 28, 2020.
Protester holds scarf reading "Macedonia" during the demonstration organized by opposition party VMRO-DPMNE in front of the Macedonian Government building in capital Skopje on Nov. 28, 2020.

How Biden Can Thwart Putin Loyalists in Bulgaria

Pro-Russian nationalists are close to taking power in Sofia. Washington can weaken them by offering recognition of North Macedonia’s nationhood.

Erdogan in Albania
Erdogan in Albania

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with.

Two women stand in a street with strollers and four children.
Two women stand in a street with strollers and four children.

Will Turkey Expel Its Syrian Refugees?

Nearly 4 million refugees are caught in the crossfire of Ankara’s heated domestic politics.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (left) and members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic (center) and Milorad Dodik (right
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (left) and members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic (center) and Milorad Dodik (right

The U.K.’s Bold Bosnia Policy Slaps Down Russian-Backed Separatists

Sarajevo’s hopes of NATO accession are growing as London steps in.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a group meeting of his Justice and Development Party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, on May 18.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a group meeting of his Justice and Development Party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, on May 18.

Why Has Erdogan Ramped Up Turkey’s Clash With the PKK?

Intensifying conflict with the Kurdish armed movement in Iraq and Syria will likely improve his chances of reelection.

Vucic and Merkel, each behind a podium, smile at one another. The German flag can be seen behind Merkel.
Vucic and Merkel, each behind a podium, smile at one another. The German flag can be seen behind Merkel.

The False Promise of Europeanization

Central Europe and the Balkans expose the failures of European integration.

Serbian Army soldiers fire artillery on the eve of Serbia's Statehood Day in Belgrade on Feb. 14.
Serbian Army soldiers fire artillery on the eve of Serbia's Statehood Day in Belgrade on Feb. 14.

Serbia’s Arms Deals Show It’s Tilting Away From Russia and Toward China

Belgrade’s purchase of FK-3 air defense systems from Beijing marks a shift in Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s diplomatic and defense policy.

The logo of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom is seen in Bulgaria.
The logo of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom is seen in Bulgaria.
Russia's navy ships take part in a military exercise called Kavkaz (the Caucasus) 2016 at the coast of the Black Sea in Crimea on September 9, 2016.
Russia's navy ships take part in a military exercise called Kavkaz (the Caucasus) 2016 at the coast of the Black Sea in Crimea on September 9, 2016.

Welcome to the Black Sea Era of War

It has been the world’s bloodiest body of water since the Cold War—and not just because of Ukraine.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic addresses the public in Belgrade, on Apr. 3.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic addresses the public in Belgrade, on Apr. 3.

Aleksandar Vucic’s Pyrrhic Victory

The Serbian president’s anti-Western propaganda is coming back to haunt him.

Dodik and Putin shake hands standing in front of their respective flags.
Dodik and Putin shake hands standing in front of their respective flags.

Why NATO Should Worry About the Balkans

Moscow is creating a pretext for further meddling in Bosnia.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews the guard of honour upon his arrival during a welcome ceremony ahead of a meeting with Ukrainian President, in Kiev, on October 9, 2017.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews the guard of honour upon his arrival during a welcome ceremony ahead of a meeting with Ukrainian President, in Kiev, on October 9, 2017.

Ukraine’s War Is Erdogan’s Opportunity

Turkey’s president is seizing on Europe’s crisis to establish his own country’s independent power.

Albright and Weston sit side by side at a long table with their right hands raised to vote.
Albright and Weston sit side by side at a long table with their right hands raised to vote.

What Madeleine Albright Taught Me

Albright embodied the good America stood for in the 1990s among my generation of Bosnians.

An electronic sign displays a message in Arabic welcoming the Turkish president in UAE, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on February 14, 2022.
An electronic sign displays a message in Arabic welcoming the Turkish president in UAE, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on February 14, 2022.

Erdogan’s War With Arab Monarchies Is Over

With its economy in a tailspin, Turkey is repairing ties with former enemies in the region.

Erdogan stands in front of microphones on a podium in front of Turkish flags.
Erdogan stands in front of microphones on a podium in front of Turkish flags.

Turkey’s Balancing Act on Ukraine Is Becoming More Precarious

Ankara faces growing pressure to pick sides between Kyiv and Moscow.

The memorial called “Heroines,” dedicated to Kosovar Albanian women wartime rape survivors, is seen in Pristina, Kosovo, on May 4, 2021.
The memorial called “Heroines,” dedicated to Kosovar Albanian women wartime rape survivors, is seen in Pristina, Kosovo, on May 4, 2021.

We Need a Better Way to Prosecute Sexual Assault in Conflict

Though rape is one of the most commonly perpetrated war crimes, it is rarely considered by international courts.

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