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.
Macron’s Veto Leaves Balkans Wide Open for Russia and China
After the EU snub, the United States needs to step up in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Brother Comes to Belgrade
Chinese facial recognition software has arrived in Serbia. It confirms the West’s worst fears about Huawei.
The Balkan Wars Created a Generation of Christian Terrorists
War radicalized the far-right — and nobody stopped them at home.
North Macedonia Gets Coveted Seat at NATO’s Table
The small Balkan country hopes to officially join the alliance by year’s end, the foreign minister says in interview.
The Balkans Are the World Capital of Islamophobia
The region’s genocidal wars are over—but bigots from across the West still flock there for inspiration.
People of the World, Stop Looking at Moldova!
Politicians in this corner of Eastern Europe insist their country is a stage for geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia—the better to profit from the attention.
In Bosnia, a Migrant Way Station Is Becoming a Winter Prison
For years, the country remained untouched by the global migrant crisis, but now, even in a place where many people were once refugees, tensions are on the rise.
Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia
Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.
It’s Time for Macedonia to Accept Compromise
Voters in the country’s upcoming name-change referendum should not allow nationalist opposition or foreign interference to stand in their way.
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.
How to Restart War in the Balkans
The Trump administration will regret looking for simple solutions to Eastern Europe's territorial disputes.
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.
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.
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.
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.