Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin wait for his arrival in front of Belgrade's Saint Sava Church on January 17, 2019.

There’s One Country in Europe Where Putin Is a Rock Star

The Russian president’s visit to Serbia was a lovefest—but beyond the odes to Orthodox brotherhood, the two authoritarian leaders are using one another to advance a geopolitical agenda.

People gather to celebrate the return of the formerly banned anti-government group the Oromo Liberation Front at Mesquel Square in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sept. 15, 2018.

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.

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The Small War That Wasn’t

Why the Kosovo conflict still matters today.

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.

Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

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.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric appears in court to testify in a corruption trial in Osijek, Croatia, on June 13, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Croatia’s Soccer Stars Should Be Heroes. Instead, They’re Hated.

A corruption scandal involving the country’s top club and the national team’s captain has enraged Croatian fans.

A Muslim man walks by the "separation barrier" or "security fence" in East Jerusalem on November 27, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Can Work

The two-state solution is dead. Most one-state solutions are unacceptable to the other side. There is, however, a viable peace plan that appeals to both.

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

A relative mourns on the coffin of late Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, during his funeral ceremony at the cemetery Novo Groblje in Belgrade on Jan. 18. (Oliver Bunic/AFP/Getty Images)

An Assassination Could Be Just What Kosovo Needed

A tragic death could spark a lasting peace in the Balkans’ most restive region.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) invites for talks Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic (L) during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on July 8, 2014. Russia and Serbia are ready to start procedures of signing an agreement on the South Stream gas pipeline in the next few days, the Itar-TASS news agency quoted Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying yesterday after his talks with Vucic. The 16-billion-euro ($21.8 billion) South Stream pipeline would stretch nearly 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) from Russia under the Black Sea to Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia before reaching a terminal in Italy. It is an attempt to reduce Moscow's reliance on Ukraine as a transit country for its natural gas following disputes with Kiev in 2006 and 2009 that led to interruptions of gas supplies to Europe. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ MAXIM SHIPENKOV        (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Serbia’s (Likely) Next President Flirting With Moscow, or Still With Europe?

Serbia’s pro-EU prime minister will likely be its next president. Why is he making arms deals with Moscow?


In Serbia, a Protest and a Presidential Run

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

A man walks past a mural, vandalized with paint, depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Donald Trump and bearing the Cyrillic letters reading "Kosovo is Serbia", in Belgrade on January 25, 2017.   / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s Big League Balkans Problem

The first victim of Trump-induced instability might not be Ukraine, or the Baltics – but tiny Kosovo.


Inauguration Is Upon Us: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

It's a big week as Washington (and the world) prepares for Trump's inauguration.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with Serbian President Boris Tadic in Belgrade on March 23, 2011. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What It Looks Like When Russia Really Wants to Mess With Your Election

In the United States, the Kremlin is hacking emails. In the Balkans, it's staging coups.

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Why the Election in Serbia Is No Cause for Rejoicing

The prime minister’s electoral victory this weekend is being cast as a win for the European Union. It wasn’t.

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