China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter to those who celebrated the holiday yesterday.  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO’S NEW PRESIDENT: Vjosa Osmani was elected President of Kosovo after the third round of voting on Sunday with a total of 71 […]

Balkan Blast 4/1/2021: Sen. Cardin weighs in on Srebrenica Genocide denial. Serbia’s Vučić appears on CNN about Covid vaccine distribution. Kosovo FM hopes to reinvigorate diplomatic corps.

Balkan Blast 4/1/2021: Sen. Cardin weighs in on Srebrenica Genocide denial. Serbia’s Vučić appears on CNN about Covid vaccine distribution. Kosovo FM hopes to reinvigorate diplomatic corps.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SEN. CARDIN WEIGHS IN ON SREBRENICA: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) told Voice of America that he was “disturbed” about the reports of Montenegro’s Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić was willing to recognize the Srebrenica Genocide “when it is established unequivocally.” […]

Balkan Blast 3/26/2021: European Parliament supports integration of W. Balkans. EUSR Lajčák says leaders in Belgrade and Pristina could meet in coming weeks. China’s Defense Minister on three-day official visit to Serbia. Sarajevans want Bogićević as mayor.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 3/26/2021: European Parliament supports integration of W. Balkans. EUSR Lajčák says leaders in Belgrade and Pristina could meet in coming weeks. China’s Defense Minister on three-day official visit to Serbia. Sarajevans want Bogićević as mayor.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU DISCUSSES WESTERN BALKANS: The European Parliament yesterday discussed the enlargement reports of the four Western Balkan countries progress to EU accession. The key takeaway from the discussions are that the European Parliament supports integration, but expects the countries […]

Balkan Blast 3/19/2021: Montenegro’s Abazović in Brussels. Russia “will have to react” if BiH joins NATO. N. Macedonia buys U.S. armored vehicles. Kosovo’s new gov’t shaping up.

Balkan Blast 3/19/2021: Montenegro’s Abazović in Brussels. Russia “will have to react” if BiH joins NATO. N. Macedonia buys U.S. armored vehicles. Kosovo’s new gov’t shaping up.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BiH PRESIDENCY IN ANKARA: The BiH tripartite presidency members continued their visit to Turkey on Wednesday. Key developments include: BiH Presidency Member Šefik Džaferović and Željko Komšić met with members of the Committee on Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic […]

Balkan Blast 3/15/2021: DAS Palmer speaks with Serbia’s PM, Speaker on bilateral & regional relations. Albania signs MOU with Exxon, Excelerate. Municipal election results in Nikšić. Kosovo opens embassy in Jerusalem. Vučić wraps up official visit to the Arabian Peninsula.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SERBIA-U.S. RELATIONS: U.S. DAS and Special Representative to the Western Balkans on Friday spoke with Serbian PM Ana Brnabić and Parliament Speaker Ivica Dačić via video conference. DAS Palmer and PM Brnabić discussed improving bilateral relations in the 140th […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 3/12/2021: DAS Palmer, Amb. Kosnett speak with Vetëvendosje’s Kurti, Serb List leaders. Croatian PM Plenković meets EU, NATO leaders in Brussels. BiH Presidency Members react to Dodik’s calls for secession of Republika Srpska.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER, U.S. AMB KOSNETT SPEAK TO KOSOVO’S LEADERS: U.S. State Department DAS and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer and U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett yesterday spoke with Kosovo’s likely next PM Albin Kurti and […]

Balkan Blast 2/22/2021: Morale at U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, many others down over lack of Covid vaccines. Albanian FM speaks to State Dept.’s Reeker. NATO & N. Macedonia beef up cyber security. Results of elections in Srebrenica, Doboj.

Balkan Blast 2/22/2021: Morale at U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, many others down over lack of Covid vaccines. Albanian FM speaks to State Dept.’s Reeker. NATO & N. Macedonia beef up cyber security. Results of elections in Srebrenica, Doboj.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY MORALE DOWN AT U.S. EMBASSY IN KOSOVO: Nahal Toosi of Politico obtained a cable from Ambassador Philip Kosnett to the U.S. State Department. The cable reportedly says that morale at the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo is “near breaking point” due to […]

Balkan Blast 2/19/2021: Fmr. Amb. to Slovenia to run for Senate. Home Affairs Commissioner visits Lipa Camp, urges burden sharing. Serbian Amb. meets Rep. Mrvan. Corruption with EU funds in Montenegro arises.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 2/19/2021: Fmr. Amb. to Slovenia to run for Senate. Home Affairs Commissioner visits Lipa Camp, urges burden sharing. Serbian Amb. meets Rep. Mrvan. Corruption with EU funds in Montenegro arises.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY FORMER U.S. AMB. IN SLOVENIA TO RUN FOR SENATE: Former U.S. Ambassador in Slovenia Lynda Blanchard announced she will be running for the Republican primary nomination in 2022 to fill Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby’s seat. Blanchard describes herself as […]

Balkan Blast 2/18/2021: Serbia ramps up Covid diplomacy – Bosnian Serbs go to Serbia for vaccination, delivers doses to Montenegro. EUSR Lajčák says EU confident in Kosovo-Serbia Deal. Weapons stolen from BiH military facility.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 2/18/2021: Serbia ramps up Covid diplomacy – Bosnian Serbs go to Serbia for vaccination, delivers doses to Montenegro. EUSR Lajčák says EU confident in Kosovo-Serbia Deal. Weapons stolen from BiH military facility.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY COVID CORNER: Croatian Health Minister Vili Beroš announced that Zagreb and Moscow have “agreed cooperation” on procuring the Sputnik V vaccine. But Croatia will not do it without approval from the European Medicines Agency. Montenegro received 2,000 Sputnik V […]

Balkan Blast 2/16/2021: Kosovars celebrate Vetëvendosje win, Isa Mustafa resigns as LDK leader. Russian DPM Borisov on visit to Belgrade for Serbia’s Statehood Day. HDZ-BiH candidate elected as Mayor of Mostar.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 2/16/2021: Kosovars celebrate Vetëvendosje win, Isa Mustafa resigns as LDK leader. Russian DPM Borisov on visit to Belgrade for Serbia’s Statehood Day. HDZ-BiH candidate elected as Mayor of Mostar.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO ELECTIONS, WHAT’S NEXT: Donning Albanian flags, Vetëvendosje supporters took to the streets to celebrate the party’s decisive victory in Kosovo’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. With over 99% of the vote counted, Vetëvendosje took 47.85% of the vote, Democratic Party […]