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Russia Risks a New Cold War in the Balkans

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.25.2017 | World
David L. Phillips

The front line in Russia’s Cold War lies in the Balkans. Serbia is the epicenter of Russia’s anti-American agenda, which aims to destabilize pro-w...

US Needs a Clear Policy in the Balkans

Luke Coffey | Posted 02.08.2017 | World
Luke Coffey

US Needs Clear Policy in the Balkans The new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is a highly accomplished individual. As CEO of ExxonMobil, he presi...

Second Jerusalem Leaders Summit - Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem | December 19, 2016

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 12.13.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

A High-Level Event with Leaders from Europe, India, Israel and the United States Elected members of the US Congress, members of the European Parlia...

Calming The Waters: Why The Balkans Need To Adopt To Climate Change

Fron Nahzi | Posted 11.05.2016 | World
Fron Nahzi

Two weeks ago, the Prime Ministers of Serbia and Albania met in Belgrade to talk about issues that threaten the stability of Southeastern Europe. The...

Hillary Clinton, Wannabe Global Dominatrix And Liberal Neocon, Plans More Stupid Wars

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

About the only reason to hope for a Clinton victory is her flawed opponent, Donald Trump. Yet despite his many failings, he remains superior to Clinton when it comes to foreign policy.

Albania's Deep-Rooted Drug Problem Touches All Of Europe

Luke Coffey | Posted 10.06.2016 | World
Luke Coffey

But the level of corruption emanating from the political elite and the country's role in Europe's illegal drug trade--both occurring with the alleged complicity of senior government officials--should concern policymakers in Washington, D.C., and across Europe.

Going To War Should Be A Last, Not First, Resort For The U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.01.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

A couple of Rand Corporation scholars have discovered America's problem vis-à-vis Russia: Washington isn't willing to use its military as much. This has given Moscow an apparently unfair advantage in challenging America. Maybe Washington should reconsider its policy, they suggest.

Slavic Cool?

Rudy Koshar | Posted 09.06.2016 | Travel
Rudy Koshar

“Slavic cool” is everywhere these days. As Seth Sherwood writes in a recent New York Times travel article, it is especially evident in Belgrade, f...

Albania's Long Road to Reform

Fred Abrahams | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
Fred Abrahams

After 18 months of debate and delay, advocates for reform in Albania released a collective cheer in late July when parliament approved constitutional ...

The Miami of the German World

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 06.20.2016 | Travel
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

Graz is a town, some say city (depending on your definition) you might not expect to exist in the German-speaking world. It may have something to do with the fact, that you have never heard of a city called Graz to exist.

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Donald Trump, Reveals Herself to Be Queen of War

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Clinton's biggest problem in this case is her foreign policy record. Most Americans don't want to intervene more overseas, but Clinton is not most Americans. She is the Democratic neoconservative, a veritable war queen, who backed every major conflict fought by the U.S. over the last quarter century.

Europe in Flux: An Unusual Journey

Michael Haltzel | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Michael Haltzel

I have just returned from a ten-day trip with the somewhat unusual itinerary of Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Austria. The countries vary widely in virtually every way, but they share one characteristic of contemporary Europe: a struggle to adapt to rapid and wrenching change.

Kosovo as a Guide for Muslim-Jewish Collaboration

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

A majority-Muslim country invites ten Jewish Millennials from New York to attend an interfaith conference. At a time of cynicism and division, it sounds implausible, but it happened to us.

Avoiding Balkan Black Swans

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.21.2017 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

The Balkans have become a pivotal region in the refugee crisis that is endangering European stability and security. The flood of refugees exceeded 1 million last year, and is unlikely to recede ― despite the agreement reached by the EU with Turkey on March 18, 2016.

Leaders From America, Europe, Israel and New Zealand Stand With Belgium's Citizens - Brussels Attacks

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.29.2017 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In the aftermath of the Brussels terror attacks, which killed 35 people and injured 270, leaders from the Unites States of America, Europe, Israel and...

This Might Be One Of The Best Reasons To Visit Croatia

The Huffington Post | Riley Arthur | Posted 03.23.2016 | Travel

Croatia's dramatic rise as a travel hotspot can be attributed to its lavish Dalmatian coast, the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, and scenes fr...

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa at the Oxford Union: Takeaways from his Speech on Socioeconomic and Political Issues in Kosovo

Samuel Ramani | Posted 03.01.2017 | World
Samuel Ramani

On February 22, 2016, Isa Mustafa, the Prime Minister of Kosovo made a speech at the Oxford Union, addressing a range of political, geopolitical and s...

Interview with Balkan Band and Political Activists, Dubioza Kolektiv

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.15.2017 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Those who sing of political unrest are not only heard, but felt. Music has a potent way of reaching further and resonating deeper. Using the influence of music, words and imagery, Balkan band Dubioza Kolektiv is creating powerful music with a message.

Croatia's Cabinet Minister Known for Anti-Semitic Views Should Resign: HDZ's Authoritarian and Corrupt Rule Must be Stopped

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.10.2017 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy and International Leaders Summit are joining Israel-based The Simon Wiesenthal Center and international groups calling for the resignation of Croatia's HDZ-Most cabinet minister Zlatan Hasanbegovic.

Learning From The Past, Living For The Future

Sheryl Olitzky | Posted 02.06.2017 | Women
Sheryl Olitzky

I just returned from a trip to the Balkans. This Building Bridges Journey brought Muslim and Jewish women from the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom to Bos...

The Endless Balkan Language Politics Circus

Zarko Perovic | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Zarko Perovic

Last year, on June 23, the President of the Bosnian Serb Republic Milorad Dodik stated that the Bosnian language does not exist. He claimed that only the Bosniak, Croat, and Serbian languages exist. In response, Bosniak parents moved their children from school into temporary classes to learn Bosnian instead of Bosniak.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Getting Ready For Business?

Sasha Toperich | Posted 01.24.2017 | World
Sasha Toperich

At long last, some good news from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It seems all levels of the government are working rather well together, coordinating and syn...

The Alliance of Choice or Necessity

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After five decades of its existence and as an alliance that consists of 28 independent countries -- including three permanent UN Security Council members -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the largest and the strongest collective defense alliance of its kind.

What It's Like to Spend New Year's as a Refugee in a Greek Anarchist Shelter

Ioana Moldovan | Posted 01.08.2017 | World
Ioana Moldovan

ATHENS, Greece -- The lights go out at 00:00 in Notara. People gathered at the ground floor of the solidarity center start applauding. It's 2016. They don't know what the new year has in store for them, but refugees, volunteers and activists hug, shake hands and wish each other "A Happy New Year." Children roam around the room riding plastic horses or playing ball. Their current happy times are in deep contrast with some of their drawings on the walls. Their crayons sketched beheadings, beatings and blood, a testimony to the terrible life they try to leave behind.

Islamism in Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.21.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Given the strong affinity between Albanians and the United States, the recent rise of Islamism in Kosovo is deeply troubling.