Our Man in Belgrade: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Visits the Balkans


By Stephen Blank

Montenegro’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) last year, the European Union’s announcement that it will resume enlargement before 2025 to include at least one Balkan state, Serbia’s evident oscillation between East and West, as well as recent progress on resolving the Greco-Macedonian name dispute have apparently all impelled Russia to intensify its attacks upon Western policy in Southeastern Europe.

Focusing on a Positive Future for U.S.–Turkey Relations


By Ilter Turan

The highly contentious relationship that has evolved between Turkey and the United States over their different approaches to the situation in Syria has led to serious questions as to whether the partnership can survive. While the points of disagreement between Turkey and the United States are real and important, this should not lead us to overlook the comprehensive relationship with historical common interests.

The water of transboundary rivers should be combined and not disconnected

By Arthur Dunn

Today it is already obvious that without introducing purely economic and trade relations in the field of water use and distribution, it is difficult to manage, given the specifics of interstate relations and the priority of national interests in such a difficult issue. This is, in particular, about transboundary rivers.