Europe's East

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 Struggle Between the Balkans' Alfa [Fe]Male Leaders


By Milos Ciric

It has been an exhausting month for Serbia's indefatigable Aleksandar Vucic, with a pointless trip to Zagreb, a national holiday to oversee – and a Kosovo anniversary to try to spoil.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar in February.
There is a widely accepted misconception about “the ability” of Western Balkan countries “to produce more history than they can handle”.

Estonian president emphasizes need to protect the weaker

President Kersti Kaljulaid in her speech on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Estonia emphasized the need to protect the weaker, noting that dignity of the state relies on the fact that the state is capable of treating each of their citizens and residents with respect to their human dignity and that the dignity of the state depends on how the victims of abuse are treated.