Balkan Insider is dedicated to providing our readers succinct English language news you can use from the most fascinating corner of Europe.

We’re not an advocacy organization.

We’re not here to confirm biases or challenge beliefs.

We are here, however, to introduce you to new ideas, information and individuals from a region we love.

Balkan Insider delivers a  Monday to Thursday email called the Balkan Blast. In a region where history often overshadows the present, Balkan Blast provides a quick overview of what is buzzing in the halls of government and board room tables in each capital city.

Whether you are on the DC Metro or tramvaj or in a taxi en route to the UN, our goal is that you start your day with a clean and pleasant reading experience, regardless of the viewing device.

The Balkans produce more history than they can consume. – Winston Churchill

In a rapidly changing Europe, history is being produced in the Balkans.

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Ari Mittleman, originally from Pennsylvania, currently resides in outside Washington, DC in Maryland. He has lived and worked in Osijek, Croatia and Budva, Montenegro. He is committed to deepening commercial and cultural ties between the United States and the region. Recently, he has been published in the Daily Caller, Washington Examiner and Natural Gas World. Paragliding in Slovenia or cliff diving in Montenegro are top on his list of favorites in the region. Ari is conversant in Croatian and Hebrew.


Ryan Scherba has over five years of experience working on the Balkans. Prior to living in the region, he taught English in Russia for three years. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer southeast Kosovo where he taught English and assisted local NGOs between 2015 and 2017. Ryan completed his MA in International Affairs with a Specialization in Peace building, Stabilization, and Humanitarian Affairs from the Institute of World Politics in and bachelors in International Affairs and German Language from Marquette University. He speaks BCSM (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian-Montenegrin), Albanian, German, and Russian.