Publisher- Ari MittlemanAri Mittleman is the Founder and Publisher of Balkan Insider.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Ari currently works in Washington, DC. He has lived and worked in Osijek, Croatia and Budva, Montenegro. He held senior advisory roles for eight years with a United States Senator.

Ari Mittleman is self-taught and conversant in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. He has a deep understanding of the Balkan reconstruction and reconciliation process having lived and worked in the region.

He launched Balkan Insider in 2017 as a hobby because of his commitment to deepening commercial and cultural ties between the United States and the region.

Ari has served founding Board Chairman of the award winning St. Bernard Project in Chalmette, Louisiana, an officer with the Alzheimer’s Association and volunteer leader with Thread.org.

In addition to his native English, Ari Mittleman is proficient in both modern and biblical Hebrew. He formally studied the language for over a decade.

Ari Mittleman has directed a wide range of government affairs and public relations services for Keystone Strategy + Advocacy since founding this international firm.

Paragliding in Slovenia or cliff diving in Montenegro are top on his list of favorites in the region.

Recent Op-Eds

[GGP] Croatia Off the Field This Past Month [Natural Gas World]

This past month, we joined countless others across Washington watching the World Cup beamed live from Russia. Having worked and lived in Croatia and Russia, the Cinderella story of the checker shirted Vatreni captured our attention. Indeed, in the few World Cups that Croatia has competed in they have won as many matches as the United States has over 68 years. Read More


KEEPING THE POWDER KEG DRY: Let’s Celebrate Montenegro’s One-Year NATO Accession Anniversary [Daily Caller]

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the raising of Montenegro’s flag at NATO Headquarters as the 29th member of the Alliance. The occasion, after Montenegro’s formal accession on June 5, demonstrated a renewed collective security effort in the face of contemporary asymmetrical and unconventional threats to American values. Read More


John McCain’s Legacy In Bosnia [Daily Caller]

In recent days, much has been written about the legacy of Senator John McCain.

Emphasis has been placed on his health care vote, his work combatting terrorism across Central Command and his commitment to reconciliation with Vietnam. Read More


Pipelines for peace: US can strengthen the Balkans against Russian meddling [Washington Examiner]

One year ago this week, the Senate voted 97-2 to admit Montenegro as the 29th member of NATO. Last week also marked 19 years since NATO planes bombed what was left of Yugoslavia.

The anniversary should serve as a reminder that the fledgling democracies of the six independent republics of the former Yugoslavia need sustained and innovative bipartisan attention from Washington, because they’re definitely getting attention from Moscow. Read More