The EU Needs a New Balkan Strategy
Russian and Chinese influence in Serbia is growing. The EU needs to step up its game to avoid being sidelined.
Collapse of Kosovo Talks Amid Leader’s War Crimes Charges Are Rebuff for Trump
Serbia’s president consolidates his control as Belgrade edges toward autocracy.
Why Populists Want a Multipolar World
Aspiring authoritarians are sick of the liberal order and eager for new patrons in Russia and China.
Trump Is Stirring Chaos in Kosovo at the Worst Possible Time
A political crisis encouraged by the United States threatens to worsen the coronavirus outbreak.
China Has Its Eyes on Serbia
Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard.
Vucic: Most Serbs Prefer a ‘Frozen Conflict’ with Kosovo
But the Serbian president says “we need more talks” with the former province, which insists that Belgrade recognize its independence.
How Europe’s Nationalists Became Internationalists
Many European far-right parties made their mark by railing against the EU. Now they are appealing to a pan-European identity to further their goal of a racially pure, white Christian continent.
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.
The Dangerous Politics of Playing the Victim
The leaders of Israel and Serbia share one thing: They’ve perfected the politics of persecution. Here’s why that strategy won’t keep working.
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.
Serbia Needs Kosovo’s Respect, Not Its Land
Peace talks have fallen apart again in the Balkans—but Greece and Macedonia show the proper way forward.
China’s Belt and Road Partners Aren’t Fools
Chinese finance is attractive for good, practical reasons.
Serbia’s Protests Aren’t the Beginning of a Balkan Spring
Demonstrations against Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government won’t achieve anything until the opposition can present a coherent alternative.
Russia’s Pipe Dreams Are Europe’s Nightmare
Putin’s plans to run the TurkStream pipeline through the Balkans won’t end well.
Journalists Are Living in Fear in Republika Srpska
Bosnia has a thriving media sector, but those who refuse to become mouthpieces for the government increasingly find themselves in exile or under police protection.