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State Department Balkan Country Reports on TerrorismPhoto: AP

State Department Balkan Country Reports on Terrorism

“BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Overview: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) remained a cooperative counterterrorism partner and continued to increase its counterterrorism capacity in 2017. Legislative loopholes and lenient sentencing, however, remained major challenges. Some operational domestic coordination exists, but interpersonal and interagency infighting and stovepiping undermined effective cooperation. Extremist ideology and […]

BiH WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Banja Luka; Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway Important for the Entire Region; Covic Meets New UK AmbassadorPhoto: Russia Beyond

BiH WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Banja Luka; Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway Important for the Entire Region; Covic Meets New UK Ambassador

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied Western allegations that Moscow was interfering in the affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina, even as he met with the leaders of Republika Srpska in the entity’s capital. Lavrov met in Banja Luka on September 21 with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and Serbian Prime […]

Croatia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Plenkovic: Investigate all war crimes, especially in Vukovar; Croatian FM at Meeting of Women FMs in Montreal; Croatia Updating its Police VehiclesPhoto: Jutarnji List

Croatia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Plenkovic: Investigate all war crimes, especially in Vukovar; Croatian FM at Meeting of Women FMs in Montreal; Croatia Updating its Police Vehicles

“The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, said on Friday evening that the party’s main committee had concluded by consensus that all war crimes that had occurred in Croatia should be investigated, notably those in Vukovar and Ovcara. Speaking for media in […]

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Kosovo Would Open Embassy in Jerusalem if Recognized; Kosovo Leadership in NY for UNGA; Ambassador Delawie Interview for KosSevUS Embassy Kosovo

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Kosovo Would Open Embassy in Jerusalem if Recognized; Kosovo Leadership in NY for UNGA; Ambassador Delawie Interview for KosSev

“Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaci, said Thursday that were his country to have an embassy in Israel, he would put it in Jerusalem. ‘If Kosovo were recognized by Israel, I would open the Kosovo Embassy in Jerusalem,’ Thaci explained during an interview with Vizion Plus in Albania. A former paramilitary […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Macedonian President Urges Boycott of Vote at Diaspora Gala in Michigan; Macedonian PM Hopes for US Backing in Referendum; Stoltenberg: NATO door is open

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Macedonian President Urges Boycott of Vote at Diaspora Gala in Michigan; Macedonian PM Hopes for US Backing in Referendum; Stoltenberg: NATO door is open

“Macedonia’s President Gorge Ivanov has decried an agreement that would change the country’s name to end a long-standing dispute with Greece, calling on his compatriots to boycott the vote on the deal that takes place on September 30. President Ivanov said he would not vote in the referendum, saying the deal with […]

Montenegro WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Freedom House: “Montenegro, an EU Accession Front-Runner, Moves Backward on Media Freedom”; Markovic Optimistic on EU Accession in Meeting with New German AmbassadorPhoto: Vijesti

Montenegro WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Freedom House: “Montenegro, an EU Accession Front-Runner, Moves Backward on Media Freedom”; Markovic Optimistic on EU Accession in Meeting with New German Ambassador

“Attacks on journalists are a fact of life in Montenegro. Since 2004, media freedom organizations have recorded 76 cases, of which a majority remain unsolved. A month before the attack on Lakić, a bomb exploded near the home of another investigative journalist at Vijesti, Sead Sadiković. In 2013, a blast shattered glass at […]

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: US Amb. to Serbia – Kosovo and Serbia Must Agree on Solution; Serbian FM Meets Russian Counterpart in Bosnia; Vucic to Meet Putin in OctoberVesna Andjic/RFERL

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: US Amb. to Serbia – Kosovo and Serbia Must Agree on Solution; Serbian FM Meets Russian Counterpart in Bosnia; Vucic to Meet Putin in October

“It wouldn’t be wise to ‘deposit’ negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, especially not until there is something tangible which could end that process, said US Ambassador in Belgrade Kyle Scott. Speaking for FoNet news agency, Scott said the USA is not directly involved in the Serbia-Kosovo talks, which […]

WEEKEND READ: The Jacobian – “Ninety-Minute Nationalists”

WEEKEND READ: The Jacobian – “Ninety-Minute Nationalists”

“Football grounds in the former Yugoslavia have a grim record of sectarian violence. After the collapse of the postwar socialist state and the region’s descent into all-out war in the 1990s, some stadiums were used for prison camps and even for mass executions. Even in more recent times, football in the Balkans […]