Balkans

A Kosovar police officer walks past burning logs as Kosovo Albanians gather around a barricade blocking access to a village due to be visited by the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, on the main road between Mitrovica, in the north of Kosovo, and the village of Banje, a Serbian enclave on Sept. 9.

Partition in Kosovo Will Lead to Disaster

Ill-advised land swaps and population transfers won’t bring peace. They’re more likely to revive the bloodshed that plagued the Balkans during the 1990s.

Kosovo-Albanian waves an Albanian and a American flag when he ride a horse during the celebration of Kosovo's expected declaration of independence on February 16, 2008 in  Pristina, Kosov. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

How to Restart War in the Balkans

The Trump administration will regret looking for simple solutions to Eastern Europe's territorial disputes.

Croatian nationalist singer Marko Perkovic (known as Thompson) performs during an event to welcome Zlatko Dalic, Croatia's national football coach, at a local stadium in the Western-Bosnian town of Livno on July 24, 2018.

In Croatia, Nazi Sympathizers Are Welcome to Join the Party

The national soccer team celebrated its strong World Cup showing alongside a singer who glorifies the country’s fascist past. But it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

Montenegrin Army soldiers fire artillery look at the Montenegro flag during preparations on the eve of Independence day, on May 20, 2010 in Cetinje, Montenegro.

A Russian Attack on Montenegro Could Mean the End of NATO

Trump doesn’t think the country is worth defending. Putin has already tried to destabilize it once—the West can’t let it happen again.

Bosnian lovers Admira Ismic (L) and Bosko Brckic, who were shot dead while trying to escape the besieged capital last week and whose bodies lay embraced in a riverfront no-man's land for 5 days, are pictured in a photograph taken on Sarajevo's Miljacka River just after their high school graduation in 1985 - PBEAHUNJDBR

In Bosnia, Forgetting Could Mean a Brighter Future

The debate over whether to build an official memorial to Sarajevo's Romeo and Juliet, murdered in 1993, exposes the pain and peril of dwelling on the past.

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the 2018 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

For Serbs, Switzerland Isn’t Neutral

Serbia’s nationalist soccer fans hoped to restore their national pride by beating a Swiss team led by Kosovar stars. Instead, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri handed them a humiliating defeat.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic address a joint press conference following their talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 27, 2018.

How Aleksandar Vucic Became Europe’s Favorite Autocrat

The EU is undermining its credibility by choosing stability over democracy in Serbia

People wave Macedonian flags during a protest in a central square in Skopje on March 4. Right-wing and diaspora organizations protested against a possible compromise with Greece on the country's name  which they say would damage the national interest. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

A Macedonia by Any Other Name

The Balkans desperately need help, but Greece won't stop picking a fight over what to call its northern neighbor.

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Apocalypse, Soon: New Books on War, Plague, Famine, Demagogues, and the End of the World as They Knew It

FP staffers learn what really killed the Romans and why the 1930s should scare us to death.

A member of the Syrian government forces holds a position with an anti-tank missile system in Kobajjep area, on the southwestern outskirts of Deir Ezzor, on September 5, 2017, during the ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Syria's army and allied fighters, backed by Russian air support, have been advancing towards Deir Ezzor on several fronts in recent weeks, and entered the Brigade 137 base on its western edge, in what Moscow hailed as a key "strategic victory". / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN        (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pentagon Is Spending $2 Billion Running Soviet-Era Guns to Syrian Rebels

An army of contractors and subcontractors in Eastern Europe is working to supply America’s sprawling — and legally questionable — anti-Islamic State campaign in Syria.

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NATO, EU Rebuke Macedonia Over Parliament Violence

The West urges calm amid fears a political crisis could trigger ethnic violence.

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Balkan Conspiracy Theories Come to Capitol Hill

A group of GOP senators is spreading false allegations from a shadowy organization and supporting the region’s corrupt and undemocratic forces.

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In Serbia, a Protest and a Presidential Run

An interview with the Belgrade mayor's ex-wife led thousands to take to the streets.

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