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managing-the-last-days-of-milorad-dodik-09-18-2017
19 Sep 17

Managing the Last Days of Milorad Dodik

The regime in the Bosnian Serb entity is fast imploding – but whether anyone in the West has the will to mediate this process remains unclear.

bosnia-s-old-political-dog-won-t-learn-new-tricks-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

Bosnia's Old Political Dogs Won’t Learn New Tricks

Bosnia's political parties’ self-centred, populist policies may be pushing the country over the edge – but that doesn’t mean any of them will change course.

bosnia-s-political-turmoil-creates-dilemmas-for-its-neighbours-09-05-2017
06 Sep 17

Bosnia’s Political Turmoil Creates Dilemmas for Its Neighbours

The escalation of all-out warfare between the parties in Bosnia creates a diplomatic minefield for Croatian and Serbian leaders as they visit the country.

bosnia-s-islamist-hub-tag-is-complete-nonsense-09-01-2017
04 Sep 17

Bosnia’s ‘Islamist Hub’ Tag is Complete Nonsense

The EU’s anti-terror chief says the UK probably has more Islamist extremists than anywhere else in Europe – so why do people keep going on about Bosnia?

defending-tito-s-legacy-is-an-anti-fascist-duty-08-23-2017
24 Aug 17

Defending Tito’s Legacy is an Anti-Fascist Duty

The nationalist assault on Tito and on the Partisan legacy is directly linked to the very identity of nationalists – and to their reconciliation with fascism.

croatia-s-far-right-will-profit-from-agrokor-s-fall-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Croatia’s Far Right Will Profit From Agrokor’s Fall

The economic giant’s collapse could have momentous political – as well as economic – consequences, not only for Croatia but for the whole region.


politicians-worsening-feuds-threaten-to-make-bosnia-ungovernable-07-30-2017
31 Jul 17

Politicians' Worsening Feuds Threaten to Make Bosnia Ungovernable

A recently cancelled lunch in Mostar is just the latest sign that the country’s ferociously divided leaders are increasingly unwilling to meet – let alone agree on anything substantial.

bosnia-s-next-elections-could-be-a-game-changer-07-18-2017
19 Jul 17

Bosnia’s Next Elections Could be a Game Changer

As internal acrimony consumes the nationalist camps, the 2018 elections could see a breakthrough by a reunited Bosnian left – transforming the country’s reform prospects.

when-will-bosnia-s-left-get-it-right--07-04-2017
04 Jul 17

When Will Bosnia’s Left Get it Right?

Bosnia's tarnished leftist parties are contemplating initiatives to revive their fortunes, but until they focus on what people in the country really need, this is unlikely to happen.

stagnant-bosnia-awaits-its-macedonian-moment--06-20-2017-1
21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

us-balkan-policy-will-eventually-catch-up-with-reality-06-07-2017
08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes.